About TaborGrass

This is the website for a weekly group lesson and jam session
for beginning and intermediate Bluegrass players in Portland, Oregon.

For all instruments. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome.

 Classes are held at Waverly UCC 3300 SE Woodward Street, Portland, OR 97202

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.


All classes are held weekly on Saturdays

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. 

This class is melody oriented; if you're a banjo or dobro player that isn't used to playing the same melody a fiddle might play (e.g. rolling through a tune) but would like to learn fiddle tunes, get in touch with us at taborgrass@gmail.com.

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.


$10 for one class, $5 for each additional class
$5 suggested donation for the open jam
Payment accepted via cash, paypal, and venmo


Visit the music page and you will find over 60 songs and tunes in our catalog.  Find the song you tune you desire to learn and we have provided the sheet music for your instrument and an Introduction MP3 that talks a little about the history of the song, and a Lesson MP3 that gives you a slow back up track to practice to.

Subscribe to our mailing list: This is a good way to keep updated on Taborgrass activities and events. We won't give your info to anyone else and we only send out announcements that are of interest to class participants.

For more information about classes, workshops, and concert events, email us at taborgrass@gmail.com.