The Parlor Room School of Music Presents
Blues Guitar Essentials
w Glenn Weiser
Wednesday, August 23 (7-8:30pm) @ The Parlor Room
Tuesday, September 5 (7-8:30pm) @ Blind Moose Studios
Tuesday, October 3 (7-8:30pm) @ Blind Moose Studios
Drop-In: $30 GA / $20 Members
Bundle: $80 GA / $50 Members
The blues has been a vital current in American music for over a century, and has influenced folk music, rock, bluegrass, country, and jazz. With its standardized chord progression, blues is the easiest and the most popular way for musicians to jam together. Learning the blues will enable you to make music with a wide range of players everywhere you go.
In this three-part series with Glenn Weiser, who Acoustic Guitar magazine has called a “master teacher,” we will first learn the basic 12-bar blues progression in the keys most often played on guitar, and what the I, IV, and V chords are in each guitar key. After that, we will explore up-the neck chords to get a greater variety of voicings. We will learn the basics of soloing by using closed-position pentatonic minor scales, and study at the CAGED system of scale fingerings and chords to understand the musical layout of the guitar fretboard. We will also explore the theory of improvisation, and how to solo over a chord line. You can bring either an acoustic or an electric guitar, and play either with a pick with your fingers depending on how you are most comfortable. No matter what your skill level is, there will something new here for you to learn.
Skill level: beginning to intermediate.
Glenn Weiser studied classical guitar in high school with Maestro Paul Battat, and later fingerstyle guitar with ragtime guitarist Eric Schoenberg. He also received instruction on mandolin from John McGann of the Berklee College of Music and pointers on blues harmonica from Jerry Portnoy, formerly of the Muddy Waters Blues Band. Now based in Connecticut, Glenn has taught students of all ages and levels how to play guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, ukulele, and electric bass for over 40 years. The styles he teaches include folk, bluegrass, blues, Celtic music, old-time string band music, classical guitar, fingerstyle guitar, and classic rock. Glenn is the author of nine books on fingerstyle guitar and six books on harmonica, and has written for Acoustic Guitar and Sing Out! magazines. He has performed at festivals, coffeehouses, and other venues in the Northeast, and has two CDs of fingerstyle guitar music available. Glenn is on harmonica.com’s 100 Top Musicians list. He is also the admin of Facebook’s Celtic Guitar Group and the Bluegrass, Country and Old-Time Harmonica group. www.celticguitarmusic.com
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 parlorroom.org.
The Parlor Room is a BYOB venue. Tickets are non-refundable.
Blind Moose Studios is located at 2 Conz Street Northampton, MA 01060
Date & Time
Aug 23 - Oct 3, 2023