NRCC to offer string instrument classes
|The sounds of Appalachia are alive and well at New River Community College. The college will offer fiddle, clawhammer banjo and guitar classes beginning Monday, January 23. Fiddle classes will be held on Mondays, guitar on Tuesdays and banjo on Wednesdays. Classes will run for 14 weeks from 7 to 9 p.m. in Edwards Hall, room 208, at the NRCC campus in Dublin and are open to students of all ages.
Fiddle and clawhammer banjo classes will be taught by Floyd musician Mike Mitchell. Mitchell is the founder and director of the Floyd Music School, which teaches students of all ages to read and write a variety of music, while emphasizing local heritage mountain music. He holds a degree in music from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, and has played violin for 35 years. Mitchell also played fiddle for area bands “Acoustic Endeavors” and “Blue Moonshine.”
Mitchell’s fiddle and clawhammer banjo courses will present students with the basic rudiments of all music, but will focus on teaching students mountain heritage music pieces. Banjo students will begin by learning basic chords and progressing to melodies, while fiddle students will begin with melodies and progress to chords and double stops.
Guitar courses will be taught by musician and NRCC CAD instructor Jeff Levy. Levy has been playing guitar for most of his life and has played in several bands of varying genres including country, southern rock, Christian country and bluegrass. He has recorded two songs, one of which, “Red, White and Blue,” was included in a compilation CD made for troops serving in Iraq.
Levy’s guitar course material will include the parts of the guitar, fundamentals of chording, strumming and picking methods and playing music in the top three frets of the guitar. Students will also have the opportunity to learn the basics of the chromatic scales.
The cost for each course will be $260. Students must furnish their own instruments, tuners and two sets of strings.
To register for any of these classes, contact the New River Community College Office of Workforce Development at 540-674-3613.