Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Taborgrass Update

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Our Omicron-hiatus from Taborgrass has carried us into the time of year when Taborgrass usually wraps up until Fall. Kaden's about to head out on the road with his band for the summer, so we're taking stock and seeing if there's some Taborgrass happenings we can keep running through the Summer. As soon as we've got something figured out, it'll be posted here and sent out in the newsletter. 

Thanks for picking, hope to see you soon!
-Patrick and Kaden

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Taborgrass start date postponed

 Hey Taborgrassers,

Given where Covid numbers are at in Portland, we'll be postponing Taborgrass return for at least the first two weeks in February. In case you missed them the first time around, here's some ideas of things to do in the meantime:

Listen to all the songs and tunes we've learned so far on the Taborgrass Playlist
Appreciate this recording of Tony Rice forgetting lyrics on stage 
Play along with backing tracks like these
Learn all the words to that song you've been meaning to work on over at John Kael's bluegrasslyrics.com
Get a lesson on music theory, Pythagoras, and the secret of bluegrass from Carlton Haney and Jimmy Martin

We'll keep you all posted, hope to see you soon.

-Patrick and Kaden

Monday, January 3, 2022

First Class Postponed

 Hey Taborgrassers!

Given current projections about the omicron variant's spread in Oregon, we're postponing the return of Taborgrass until February 5. We're working on some zoom classes to fill in the gaps, so stay tuned!

Here's some ideas of what to do in the meantime:
Listen to all the songs and tunes we've learned so far on the Taborgrass Playlist
Appreciate this recording of Tony Rice forgetting lyrics on stage 
Play along with backing tracks like these
Learn all the words to that song you've been meaning to work on over at John Kael's bluegrasslyrics.com
Get a lesson on music theory, Pythagoras, and the secret of bluegrass from Carlton Haney and Jimmy Martin

Thanks for hanging in there everyone! Stay tuned, we hope to see you soon.


Sunday, December 12, 2021

Happy Holidays!

 Thanks for a fantastic year of Taborgrass everyone! 

Recordings are up for Breaking up Christmas, and will be up shortly for I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky.

We'll return on January 8 2022! Our first class of the new year will have some special guests and classes, so stay tuned for updates!

In the meantime, keep on picking, give the Taborgrass Playlist a listen, and remember that Santa is Real (If you're unfamiliar with the Louvin Brothers classic Satan is Real, you may want to listen to that first)

Happy Holidays Taborgrassers!

Friday, December 10, 2021

12/11

 Hey Everyone!

It's the last Taborgrass of the year tomorrow! Fear not, we'll be back January 8.

Tomorrow' we'll be working on "I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky" in A in the song class, and "Breaking up Christmas" (in A) in the tune class. 

Class schedule and details are below. Looking forward to it, see you all tomorrow! 

 Covid-19 Policy

Obviously, minimizing covid-19 risk is a huge priority for us over at Taborgrass HQ. We really care about all of you, and want Taborgrass to be as safe as possible. Here's our policy:

In order to attend Taborgrass, you must be vaccinated

This is among the best ways to keep yourself and others safe. On your first visit, please bring either your vaccination record card or a clear photograph of it. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from being vaccinated, get in touch with us at taborgrass@gmail.com.

Masks on at all times

If you're inside the building, please wear a mask, especially when singing. You can read more about singing and covid risk here.


Schedule

All classes are held weekly on Saturdays at Waverly UCC 3300 SE Woodward Street, Portland, OR 97202

Song Class 12:30-1:45

This class is all about how to learn and jam on bluegrass songs. We'll be walking you through some bluegrass classics, working on their chord progressions, melodies, and lyrics. The focus will be on giving you new songs to call at a jam.

Tune Class 2:00-3:15

This class is all about fiddle tunes! We'll be learning some jam favorites from the bluegrass and old time repertoire, focusing on getting the melodies in our heads and the notes in our fingers. 

Jam Class 3:30-4:45

A whole class just for jamming! Here we'll be working on all the ins and outs of playing music with other people. We'll work on calling songs, taking breaks, listening in, and communicating with your fellow jammers. Bring a song or tune to call!

Open Jam 12:30-4:45

Back by popular demand! We'll have a room set aside for folks interested in just getting together to play. To coordinate jam times with other Taborgrassers, head on over to our facebook group.


Pricing

$10 for one class, $5 for each additional class

$5 suggested donation for the open jam

Payment accepted via cash, paypal, and venmo