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Flatpicking Tunes by Ear

Instructor: Dave Lidstone

Date: To be determined. Please contact Dave Lidstone

Time: TBD

Price: $125.00, early bird discount is available*

Guitar players such as Doc Watson and Smiley Bates were among the pioneers of a tradition of playing tunes usually meant for fiddles or pipes on a guitar with a flatpick.  Fiddlers have a long tradition of passing on tunes by ear.  This class will embrace those two traditions.  Each night we’ll learn a tune by ear–no tab or notation.  For  preparation prior to a class  I’ll distribute MP3s of a tune and then at class we’ll focus on playing it.  Not too fast but also not absolute beginning. This will be a continuation previous classes so we’ll start by reviewing some already established tunes.

The schedule will be determined by the availability of participants–please contact Dave at


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Instructor Bio

Dave Lidstone plays guitar and sings with Just Duets and with The Little Mountain Trio. He has a long history of contributing the local folk music scene that starts with his organization of the UBC Graduate Student coffee house in the late seventies and continues with his current work coordinating the Jericho Folk Club and promoting house concerts through Treble in Paradise.