Oldtime and Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar with Jonathan Vocke

Thursdays October 21, 27, November 4, 11 8:30 – 9:30 PM

In this class we introduce you to the art of rhythm guitar. We will be using classic traditional fiddle tunes to explore how one hears chord changes, chooses chords, does bass runs into chords, boom-chucks with a good groove. We will also be learning some common bass runs for playing in the keys of A, D, C, and G without a capo. The course will include an explanation of how to use the number system (1, 4, 5) to your advantage when hearing a tune for the first time, as well as other tips for playing with others.


– vaccinations required for ages 12+ (instructor is fully vaccinated)
– mask protocols will be observed within the building and during the class


Studio E2
House of Musical Traditions
7010 Westmoreland Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

JONATHAN VOCKE  – Jonathan has traveled the world studying folk music in many styles. His passion for music lies somewhere between the mournful old-timey ballad and the high-octane fiddle tune, after his own experiences and through the words of great American songwriters. Jonathan is an active performer and jam leader in the DC and Baltimore area. As a teacher, Jonathan enjoys helping his students become more proficient in their instruments as soloists and group players. He ties in ear training, relevant music theory, and techniques to avoid injury so that his students can find their groove, work out their style, and improve their overall musicality. His rich knowledge of old-time and bluegrass tunes will add to the repertoire of any aspiring bluegrass or old-time player. Jonathan teaches guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and ukulele.

$100 for 4 sessions

Event Details
  • Start Date
    October 21, 2021 8:30 pm
  • End Date
    November 11, 2021 9:30 pm
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    7010 Westmoreland Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912