Monday Night Workshop

Greetings Bluegrass Aficionados!

Welcome to the Desert Bluegrass Workshop!
We’re really glad you’re here.

Our goal for the Workshop is to provide an encouraging and fun environment for beginner and intermediate musicians to learn to play bluegrass music.  Our class motto is, “Have the courage to be imperfect.”  What that means is we want to gently challenge our students to take musical risks and try out new things, without worrying about making mistakes.

The Workshop meets every Monday night from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Oasis Center at Christ Community Church at 7801 E. Kenyon (NW Corner of Pantano Road and Kenyon). View Map

6:30-7:15: Beginner and Intermediate Tracks
The Beginner track is for those who are just learning chords and/or don’t know many bluegrass songs.  The beginners’ class uses the “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook” by Dix Bruce.  The Folk Shop and 17th Street Market carry these at a discount for workshop attendees.  There are versions of this book for guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and fiddle. Monday night song list Updated February 2017

The Intermediate track encourages players to learn more difficult songs and play instrumental leads.  You are welcome to pick whichever you like, and can switch back-and-forth.

7:15-7:45: Instrument Breakout
Players breakout by instrument (banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins, etc.) for a half-hour of focus on instruments.

7:45-8:30: The Grand Circle
We come back together for announcements and special events like all-play, band scrambles, guest instructors, and more.

The Workshop is a program presented by the Desert Bluegrass Association; a non-profit, all-volunteer organization.  Since 1995, our mission has been to play and promote bluegrass music here in the Great Southwest.  We encourage you to check out our busy monthly calendar of events at our website,  Plus, think about becoming a member, its just $20 a year.  You’ll get our newsletter and be a part of great family.

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Again, we’re glad you’re here and hope you keep coming back.