“It should be a lot of fun – challenging – but a lot of fun,” Martin Gilmore says about Progressions: Folk Guitar, the immersive 16 week course he’s teaching this fall.
Martin is well-known at Swallow Hill as a guitar and songwriting teacher, and the immersive 16-week Progressions offers students an opportunity to work with Martin on a deeper level.
“If you feel stuck in a rut in your playing, or if you want a new challenge and some growth in your musical life,” he adds, “I’m sure that Progressions: Folk Guitar is for you.”
So what is covered in Progressions: Folk Guitar?
“The course is designed as an in-depth course for people who are intermediate players and want to advance to an advanced player, or even a professional player,” Martin says. “(We’ll) help you learn how to build an interesting and dynamic musical repertoire.” Potential students must apply for Progressions.
This version of Progressions leans into Martin’s expertise in playing, writing, and performing folk, bluegrass, and other acoustic-based styles of music. “We’ll meet twice a week and (you’ll) hone your skills on various kinds of folk guitar playing,” he shares. That includes “things like bluegrass flatpicking, or Travis-style fingerpicking, Carter Family-style guitar, Western Swing,” and more.
The course goes beyond technique, students will also work on performing as a solo artist as well as in an ensemble.
“Playing music is hard,” Martin says with a knowing nod, “and Swallow Hill is a music school that has a really supportive community. We all understand how hard it is.”
“Some people just need a bit of accountability to help them make progress and move ahead in their musical life,” he elaborates. “So Progressions will be designed as a really supportive environment for people who want to increase their skills and get better.”
Progressions: Folk Guitar is the second version of the immersive guitar class. Instructor Thomas Jennings conceived and launched Progressions: Guitar this winter and it was a rousing success. Thomas is offering his next edition of Progressions: Guitar this fall as well.
Progressions: Folk Guitar is an online course but there will be opportunities to meet in-person. Meeting in-person is not a requirement to apply for the course.
“Come and make music with us, we’d love to have you,” Martin says. “There are going to be a lot of opportunities for asking questions, for meeting musicians and possibly creating bands. It should be a really fun experience.”