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Old Songs offers Group Classes in a variety of acoustic instruments in 6 weekly group sessions. Classes take place at the Old Songs building at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville

Print REGISTRATION FORM and mail with payment
(or call Old Songs office to register with a credit card, 518-765-2815)

Click here to REGISTER for Bluegrass Jam Class



TUESDAYS, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Oct. 7

Mountain Dulcimer
with Susan Trump

Beyond Beginning Mountain Dulcimer: 6–7:15 pm
We'll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We'll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer: 7:30–8:45 pm
The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including
fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or


TUESDAYS, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11 & 18

with George Wilson, 6–7:15 pm

“Play the fiddle like you mean it!” Beginner-Intermediate level.
“The wrong note’ll still have good tone.”

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or

Clawhammer Banjo
with Paul Draper, 7:30–8:45 pm

Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to):
  • left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides
  • right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls”
  • different tunings for different tunes
  • other topics based on the class

You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes.

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or

Piano Accordion—Lessons & Band Class
with Peggy Hart , 6–7:30 pm

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or

WEDNESDAYS, Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12 & 19

Beginning Penny Whistle
with George Ward, 6–7:15 pm
The pennywhistle is a really easy way to get started in Irish music (and lots of other kinds), yet an instrument for a virtuoso. Cheap and friendly, it’s a great companion whether you’re at home, camping or stuck in traffic. This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to pick up an instrument, and for anyone who has some musical experience but has never tried the whistle. All you’ll need is a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available at the first class. Bringing a basic recording device is strongly encouraged (the voice memo feature on a smart phone works fine).

For more information contact George at 518-466-9641 or

Jam Class
with Terri Lukacko, 6–7:15 pm
You, too, can learn to jam! Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques. We'll use traditional American string band repertoire and technique, some Irish if there's interest. Novices welcome if you can play some notes and/or chords. 

For more information contact Terri at 518-708-5128, or

THURSDAYS, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13 & 20

with Ron Gordon

Beginning Ukulele: 6–7:15 pm
Begin your uke career! Ron's class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course),right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy,blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking....depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs,so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we'll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite....uke collecting!

Intermediate Ukulele: 7:30–8:45 pm
This class will be ideal for those ukers who know some songs, play basic chords, and know a few strums. We'll review beginning uke and than progress to chord melody and finger picking technique. Along the way, we'll learn some classics from the past 100 years of great ukulele music.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or

with Mike Otis, 6–7:15 pm
An introduction to mandolin playing, covering both picking and chord techniques, with a repertoire based on traditional fiddle tunes. Instrument care and selection will also be discussed.

For more information contact Mike at 518-872-0864

with Donna Sobel, 7:30–8:45 pm
Beginning recorder. Bring a soprano recorder.

For more information contact Donna at 518-229-0556 or

6-week Classes are $115 for the term.



MONDAYS, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 & 17

Bluegrass Jam Class
Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method, 6–9 pm
5 sessions, tuition $160

Bluegrass Jam

Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach fundamentals of bluegrass jamming and build your confidence in playing with others. The music is slow and easy, and you will quickly gain skills while having fun. And,these skills are transferable to other types of music because they are basic to all types of jamming. All skill levels are welcome, and bringing a recording device is recommended.

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! "Faking" solos taught.

CLICK HERE to Register

Bob Altschuler performs and records on banjo with Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass, Shinehill Road and the Dyer Switch Band. His picking has been heard on National Public Radio and on radio and TV commercials. An in-demand instructor since the 70s, he has headed the bluegrass beginner track at Banjo Camp North since 2003. Bob has also written over 90 banjo instruction articles for Mel Bay, Banjo Newsletter and other publications. You can contact him at or 518-475-7926.




To 37 South Main St., Voorheesville

From Route 20/Western Ave. take Route 155 south toward Voorheesville 3.2 miles; turn right at the 3rd stoplight on Route 306/Voorheesville Ave. Follow into village (about 1/2 mile); turn right on S. Main St. (look for Stewarts Shop at that corner). 37 S. Main is across from Stewarts. For evening events, parking is available behind Voorheesville Carpet Co. and Phillips Hardware, down the street on your right.

From Route 85/New Scotland Ave. follow southwest from Albany/Slingerlands to Route 85-A. Follow 85-A into Voorheesville 2.2 miles. Take right on Voorheesville Ave., and first left onto S. Main St. (look for Stewarts Shop at that corner). 37 S. Main is across from Stewarts. For evening events, parking is available behind Voorheesville Carpet Co. and Phillips Hardware, down the street on your right.

From Route 156/Altamont-Voorheesville Rd. follow Route 156 to Route 85-A in Voorheesville; left on 85-A. Go 0.2 miles and turn left on Voorheesville Ave., and then take first left onto S. Main St. (look for Stewarts Shop at that corner). 37 S. Main is across from Stewarts. For evening events, parking is available behind Voorheesville Carpet Co. and Phillips Hardware, down the street on your right.

Krumkill Rd. and Johnston Rd. (near Crossgates Mall) offer other possible approaches. Either will lead to Normans Kill Rd. which becomes Voorheesville Ave. See map.


Registration deadline for Sep.–Oct. class: Sept. 2, 2014
Registration deadline for Oct.–Nov. classes: Oct. 8, 2014

Old Songs, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any class should the minimum registration of 4 students not be met. NO REFUNDS will be given for absences. If a student drops out after the first lesson, he/she may have a refund less $40 (the cost of one lesson plus the registration fee). NO REFUNDS will be given after the second lesson.


Old Songs, Inc.

PO Box 466 • Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466
(518) 765-2815 • Fax: (518) 655-0061 • Email: