Two Classes at Passim School of Music!!! Starting SEPT. 5

Intro to Harmonica  Thursdays 6:30pm

Blues Ensemble - Thursdays 8pm.

  • click on either class to register

each class is 75 minutes and meets six times. 

  • INTRO TO HARMONICA:  Have you ever wanted to add another instrument to your repertoire but didn’t want to have to carry yet one more thing around? Well, have we got the instrument for you! Not only is a harmonica cheap, and fun to play, but it easily fits in your pocket and can go anywhere with you. This class will start at the very beginning with basic techniques and move through a varitey of styles, including straight harp and cross harp. We will explore the music of players like  Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, and then move in to the blues styles of Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, and Sonny Terry. 

No experience necessary, all levels are welcome. Students will need to provide a harmonica in the key of C. If you have questions about purchasing a harmonica, or the class, you can email the instructor at: lloydthayer@mac.com 

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm on Thursdays: September 5, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17.

  • BLUES ENSEMBLE: Have you always wanted to learn how to play the Blues? Join the Blues Ensemble and get some experience playing with others while learning the basics of the language we call “Blues”. We’ll cover basic blues progressions, chords, rhythms, scales and more in a way that is both educational and fun. We will listen to and learn from some of the men and women who invented this uniquely American form of folk music, many of whom played right down stairs at the historic Club 47(Club Passim). 

All instruments are welcome! if you’ve always been intrigued by the blues, now it’s your chance to play! 

This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm on Thursdays: September 5, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17.



Fall 2015 Update:
I'll be teaching a "Blues Guitar" class this Fall at the Passim School of Music, starting Thursday Sept. 17th at 8pm.
Class runs for six weeks........75 minutes a class.........more info here: http://passim.org/school/blues-guitar-and-beyond-lloyd-thayer

As many of you know, I don't really play much actual 'guitar' these days, so this is somewhat of an 'unusual' opportunity.
Hope to see you there!!!

May 2015 Update:

I am currently teaching Dobro out of my home. email me for more info info@lloydthayer.com
I am also available to do 'Skype'.......

Also held at the Passim School of Music...currently none scheduled at this time.....2015
email the school and ask, or demand it.....

I also give private dobro lessons in the BOSTON AREA........send me an email, and I will try to work a time out with you. all levels are welcome, complete beginners, to advanced.
you don't have to own a dobro to take lessons, as we can provide an instrument for you during the lessons, or we can set up 
your acoustic guitar to be played lapstyle. drop me a line....i'd love to hear from you....

if you don't want to commit to one on one lessons, or are just starting out, the next best option is to 
take the Dobro Class at Passim the next time it's offered.......email the school and ask, or demand it.....

When the class IS held,
i feel like the luckiest person in the world because i get to do this.
technically, the class is called 'lap style guitar' so people won't be scared
off by the term "dobro"......and or think they need a dobro to attend. they don't.

the class usually happens once in a while............depending on interest. 
It meets six weeks in a row, and
each of the six sessions is 75 minutes long, but we usually go longer because
i get fired up talking about the dobro.....

the class is designed for complete beginners, and is open to anyone. we have had several
graduates who never played an instrument before, so they were literally
starting from square one.

the things you WILL need to attend, however, are: 1. some kind of guitar(doesn't have to be a dobro)
2. a steel bar of some sort 3. a nut extender/extension nut, which is a small device that lifts the strings of your guitar and allows you to play lap style......if you have a dobro, that's fine,
if not, that's fine too, you can always use an acoustic guitar, which is
actually what most people end up doing. we also tune a whole step low, which 
puts a lot less pressure on your acoustic guitar......
all of these items can be found at your friendly neighborhood music store, or on line 
through paul beard's resophonic outfitters located in scenic maryland. 

in the first class, we'll talk about the tunings we'll be using, and set up people's 
guitars to play lap style. this only takes a few minutes to detune, slide the nut extender in, and retune. it will not harm your acoustic guitar, and is easily removable.

each week we cover a different style of playing, starting with basic bar control, right hand finger excercises, damping, vibrato, hammer ons, pull offs, etc......moving on to slants, chord variations,
hawaiian styles, blues, and more.....

i also try to talk a little bit about the history if the instrument, and the different styles that we explore as well as point to some recommended recordings where students can continue their studies....

if you need more information, you can always email me at: info@lloydthayer.com and 
i will do my best to answer your questions.

you can sign up or get more information on line at the club passim school of music website:

thanks for your interest, and i hope to see you at a class sometime soon.....!!