DOBSON — Surry Community College will be offering several classes for learning a new instrument including banjo, fiddle and mandolin.
Beginner old-time banjo classes will be offered on Tuesdays starting Oct. 6 and running through Nov. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. This beginner old-time, claw hammer style banjo class will have an emphasis on Surry County tunes and techniques. Learn history, tunes, and present day application of this popular banjo style. Students must provide their own banjo and picks. Let the school know if assistance is needed in locating an instrument.
Beginner fiddle classes will be held on Tuesdays starting Oct. 6 and running through Nov. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Students will learn to play a selection of traditional tunes on the fiddle. They will learn using tablature and recordings of these tunes, and will be given instruction both as a group and individually. Hopefully, what they will take home from this class will allow them to get into jams with other musicians in the future. No playing experience is necessary, but students must provide a fiddle and bow in working condition along with a tuner.
Beginner mandolin classes will take place on Tuesdays, Oct. 13 through Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Students will learn the basic mandolin chords and strumming patterns, as well as learn how to play lead melodies by ear. By the end of the course, each student should have the skills to play basic old-time, Celtic and bluegrass tunes and will be able to continue playing on their own and with others in a jam setting. Students will need their own working mandolins, picks and tuners.
Advanced registration and payment of $79 are required for each class. All classes will be held in the J-Building at Surry Community College, 630 E. Main St., Dobson. Call 336-386-3229 for more information.