A Group Class - Beginning Bluegrass Jamming, Levels 1/2

Greg Schochet

All together now! In this bluegrass jamming class we'll chew on the big and little ingredients that make up a delicious bluegrass stew, such as:

  • Rhythmic and melodic roles of each instrument
  • All aspects of jam etiquette
  • Repertoire selection
  • How to find your key for singing
  • Deciding when to take or pass a break

My expertise is in mandolin and guitar, and our teaching assistant is an accomplished banjo player. I also know enough about bass, fiddle, and banjo to give some specific advice if not always demonstrate.
We'll play a ton in this class, so bring some jam tunes you'd like to work on, and I'll have some gems you can add to the list!  

Prerequisites: Participants should know basic open position major and minor chords and be able to change between them at a moderate tempo. Guitars, banjos and Dobros will need a capo to facilitate playing in different keys.

About Greg Schochet

Greg is a full-time performer, teacher and producer in Boulder, Colorado. Equally adept on guitar and mandolin, he is fluent in all manner of acoustic and electric styles, specializing in bluegrass, swing and country. He is the lead guitarist for Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams, Colorado's beloved and venerable honky-tonk and western swing band. Greg is an integral part of Colorado’s thriving roots music scene, and is a sought after instructor, session player, producer and collaborator.

A veteran instructor at many music camps, Greg has also been guitar and mandolin teacher at Woodsongs Music, Colorado's premier acoustic music store, for some 20 years. His teaching practice centers on preparing students to thrive in ensemble settings, whether it be a campground jam or a working band. Students start with technique fundamentals; move to learning, executing and maintaining core repertoire; and ultimately learn to improvise tastefully and intentionally. Greg's enthusiasm for the music he teaches, as well as his personable manner and attention to detail, have established him a loyal and committed student body.

Greg was a big hit last time he was at Walker Creek, with many students asking if we could have him back again. So we're very happy he was available this spring to teach our bluegrass ensemble class!