Tuesday Night Workshop (NW)

“Free Bluegrass Music Workshop”
Every Tuesday in Marana

The DBA has joined with the Town of Marana to provide a Bluegrass Music Workshop in Northwest Tucson/Marana  at Marana’s Community Center adjacent to the Oar Mae Harn Park. The two hour workshop is being held the first Tuesday of the month (summer schedule) starting at 6:30 PM. The workshop started in April 2012 continues to grow! Come on down and share in the fun, you’ll learn something new and have a chance to share your music with others.


Questions can be directed to:
Dave Polston, davepolston@yahoo.com
Jeff Collins (520) 403-4062jnc51@comcast.net
Follow us at: Marana DBA Blogspot for songs and annoucements

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 is held the every Tuesday night from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the Marana Community Center located adjacent to Ora Mae Harn Park 13250 N Lon Adams RoadMarana, AZ 85653View Map


The workshop agenda has evolved to suit the desires of the attendees and will no doubt continue to be fine-tuned.   Jeff Collins sends out a weekly agenda and the schedule looks like this with flexibility when required:

6:30-7:00- Announcements and a new Bill Monroe song each week (EVERYONE)
7:00-7:45- Guitar Group picking on occasions (A BREAK-OUT GROUP)
7:00-7:45- Beginner Bluegrass – Instruments Group (A BREAK-OUT GROUP)
7:00-7:45- Beginner Bluegrass – Singing Group (A BREAK-OUT GROUP)
7:00-7:45- Intermediate/Advanced Jamming group (A BREAK-OUT GROUP)

7:45-8:30- The wrap-up and final Jam (EVERYONE)

The Bluegrass Beginner Break-out Groups are for those who are just learning chords and/or don’t know many bluegrass songs.  The beginners Bluegrass Groups use the “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook” by Dix Bruce.  Music & Arts music store at 8320 North Thornydale Road #150 carries these books for the workshop attendees.  There are versions of this book for guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and fiddle.

WHO and WHY:

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, www.desertbluegrass.org.  Plus, think about becoming a member, its just $20 a year.  You’ll get our newsletter and be a part of great family.

Link to the workshop resource page (General resource information)


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