Bluegrass Workshop & Jam w/ Eric Lee

  • January 20 - February 17, 2024
  • The Parlor Room

    32 Masonic Street
    Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
Ticket Price $30.00-$80.00 This event is now over

The Parlor Room School of Music Presents:
Bluegrass Workshop & Jam w/ Eric Lee
at The Parlor Room
Dates: 1/20, 2/3 (At Blind Moose Studios) , 2/17
1pm - 4pm

Workshops Bundle Price: $80 GA / $50 MEMBERS
Drop-in Price: $30 GA / $20 MEMBERS
Jam Tickets: $Donation Based

Workshop Capacity: 20
Minimum: 5

The Bluegrass Workshop is a class specifically for mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and banjo players to examine the mechanics and roles of their instruments in various jam situations. How to start a song, when and how to chop, what to play when backing up singers & other instruments, and what to play when there are multiples of the same instrument, are some of the topics that will be covered and demonstrated. Professional bluegrass enthusiast Eric Lee will methodically explain and demonstrate each of these points, then allow participants to try out those techniques themselves.

Session 1:

- Basic jam tips/etiquette, finding your footing

- Visual communication

- Picking up chord forms

- Beyond "boom-chick": advanced rhythm 

Session 2: At Blind Moose Studios Blind Moose Studios is located at 2 Conz St. Unit 22 Maplewood Shops, Northampton MA

- Cont'd tips/etiquette 

- Leading a song

- Following the melody and freeing your fingers

- Playing to the singer

Session 3:

-  Cont'd tips/etiquette

- Kicking off a song

- "Trim the fat": playing FAST! 

- Metronome: friend or foe?

*Please specify which instrument you would will be bringing during online registration

 Following the workshop will be an open jam for all skill levels, and will feature some of the songs covered during the workshop. 


A Pennsylvania-born singer, songwriter, and award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Eric Lee has worked professionally in the bluegrass and folk idioms for nearly two decades, and has appeared onstage with an impressive list of artists that include the Gibson Brothers, Billy Strings, The Kennedys, Eric Andersen, Peter Rowan, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and many more. Prior to the pandemic, he toured internationally as a member of the Philadelphia-based bluegrass act Man About A Horse, winning first place in the esteemed Freshgrass band competition in 2018, and receiving the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Award nomination. In 2021, Lee formed Poor Monroe, whose dedicated focus on scorching tempos, complex vocal harmonies, and compelling traditional and original material showcases Lee’s proficiency as a band leader, arranger, writer and frontman, and has earned them spots at Green River Festival, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Back Porch Fest, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Ossippee Valley Folk, and more, as well as two Western New England music award nominations. Eric currently lives and teaches in Easthampton, MA.

The Parlor Room Nonprofit and School of Music's mission is to: Promote a vibrant musical community in downtown Northampton, MA for musicians of all abilities and at all stages of their career. The Parlor Room will bring nationally touring and local acts to our listening room to provide an exceptional experience for the artist and audience and guide musicians and anyone interested in a career in the music industry through our school of music. Learn more at

Date & Time

Jan 20 - Feb 17, 2024

Venue Details

The Parlor Room

32 Masonic Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 The Parlor Room
The Parlor Room