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Common Ground on the Hill Winter-Spring Jam Classes Start February 6th

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Common Ground On The HillWestminster, MD -- Common Ground on the Hill is excited to offer winter-spring Jam Classes with instructor Christopher James during the "school year." Classes will be on the McDaniel College campus in Westminster, MD, Monday evenings February 6t thru March 26th, 2012. The total cost for eight group lessons is only $160. These group classes are offered as a way to stay in good musical form and to get ready for the myriad of Tradition Weeks offerings at Common Ground on the Hill in July. Christopher James is a wonderful teacher. Participants will have fun learning to play good music with other folks.

Join the Jam
(Beginner level) Mondays, 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

This class is for singers and instrumentalists who would like to develop the skills needed to make music with other musicians. The class is open to guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, harmonica players and singers. Those with questions about other instruments fitting in you are welcome to contact the instructor before registering (Common Ground Office: 410-857-2771). Instrumentalists should be able to play and switch between some basic chords on their instrument. The goals of the class will be to get people playing together (and ending together.), to learn some blues, folk and international songs that are fun to play, to learn how to lead a tune, and to learn how to listen and find one's place in a group.

What Can You Add to the Jam?
(Intermediate level) Mondays, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

This class is for singers and instrumentalists who have experience playing at jam sessions, with friends or in bands and want to take their playing to the next level. The class is open to guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, harmonica players and singers. Those who have questions about other instruments fitting in are welcome to contact the instructor before registering. (Common Ground office: 410-857-2771) Instumentalists should be familiar with chords in a few different keys, some scales and basic improvising. The goals of this class will be to find different rhythmic ways to add to a song, to find new places to play chords with and without a capo, to develop solos and fills, to learn some blues, folk and international songs, to learn to lead a tune better, to learn about different ways to arrange a tune and to improve students' ability to listen and play with other musicians.

Classes will be held on Monday evenings
in Common Ground on the Hill offices in basement of Thompson Hall College Center on the Campus of McDaniel College, Westminster, MD. To Register for classes: www.CommonGroundOnTheHill.org/jam_classes.html or email sarah@commongroundonthehill.org , or call 410-857-2771
This class is for singers and instrumentalists who would like to develop the skills needed to make music with other musicians. The class is open to guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, harmonica players and singers. Those with questions about other instruments fitting in you are welcome to contact the instructor before registering (Common Ground Office: 410-857-2771). Instrumentalists should be able to play and switch between some basic chords on their instrument. The goals of the class will be to get people playing together (and ending together.), to learn some blues, folk and international songs that are fun to play, to learn how to lead a tune, and to learn how to listen and find one

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