Identifying Chord Progressions with Ira Gitlin

Sunday, February 6, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

This workshop focuses on training your ear in figuring out chord progressions. After this single-session, two-hour class, you will be able to free yourself from depending upon books, websites, and other resources to play the music you want and learn more songs than you ever imagined. While the class is not specifically bluegrass-centric, it will be geared to the interests and needs of bluegrass pickers. Open to students of all instruments.


Online: Class will be held on the free Zoom video conferencing app. You will need a laptop with a webcam, or a smartphone or tablet (please have Zoom installed and tested before you join the session). SMT will send instructions via email for joining the Zoom event 1-2 days before the session. If you do not see the instructions, please check your spam folder. You may also email us. Please note that we do not provide refunds for students who cannot find the link.

IRA GITLINIra Gitlin is widely known and respected in Washington-Baltimore music circles as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and writer. A former National Bluegrass Banjo Champion, he has backed up such nationally known performers as Bill Harrell, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Laurie Lewis, Peter Rowan, and Peter “P.D.Q. Bach” Schickele.

In addition to numerous festival workshops, Ira has taught at the Maryland Banjo Academy, the Swannanoa Gathering, the Augusta Heritage Center, Banjo Camp North, Folk College, and the Midwest Banjo Camp. He has lectured on bluegrass for the Smithsonian Associates, and delivered papers at the 2005 and 2017 Bluegrass Music Symposiums.

In 1993 Ira was a one-day winner on Jeopardy.

$50 Workshop

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