What we're about

Dusty Strings Music Store & School welcomes you to come and develop new skills, master different playing styles, and build a lasting foundation for years of playing and enjoying music. Our teachers are experienced professional musicians inspired to teach and share their knowledge of different instruments, genres, and playing styles. Learn blues, folk, bluegrass, old-time, Latin, rock, Celtic, jazz, songwriting, and more.

"Wonderful atmosphere and fun music. A bright spot in my week." - student
"Positive, supportive, energized, and encouraging teachers." - student

On this Meetup page, you'll find lots of activities to get involved in at Dusty Strings, including fun and supportive group classes for every level of player, free weekend jam sessions, concerts with world-class musicians, and events centered around specific instruments. We also offer private lessons for acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, harmonica, upright and electric bass, harp, hammered dulcimer, piano, voice and singing, songwriting, bodhran, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, and flute and pennywhistle.

Since 1982, Dusty Strings has been a gathering place for instrument players and music lovers. Explore acoustic, resonator, and electric guitars, harps, hammered dulcimers, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, and many other instruments -- all within reach and ready for you to play. We also have instruments for rent, and they are the same quality of instruments that we sell in our store. Dusty Strings Music School was founded in 2008 and continues to attract students of all backgrounds while building community and supporting local musicians.

For questions and information, or to sign-up for a class, call (206) 634-1662 or email music@dustystrings.com. You can also email me, your Meetup host, directly at school@dustystrings.com.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Shue
Education Director
Dusty Strings

Upcoming events (5+)

Continuing Ukulele: More Songs, More Strums!

Dusty Strings

$125.00

Okay. So you took a beginning ukulele class and now you're itching for more. You know a handful of chords, a couple of strums, a smidgen of theory and, if you feel like it, you can sing and strum at the same time. In this class, you'll learn some new songs, some new strums, and some more helpful theory. Please bring your uke, a music stand, and a tuner. GCEA ukes: low or high G is fine. Baritones are welcome, too (please let the teacher know in advance).

Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar

Dusty Strings

$125.00

Learn more sophisticated fingerpicking patterns including bass runs, hammer-ons and pull-offs, as well as Latin rhythms. Further your arranging skills with more advanced melodies and chord progressions. For intermediate guitar players, or those who have taken Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar, who have some experience fingerpicking and can play barre chords. A bound copy of professionally engraved music in both staff and TAB notation is included with the class, as well as access to mp3 examples of class materials. Please bring a music stand if you have one.

Acoustic Guitar Band

Dusty Strings

$125.00

Play guitar with others in a friendly and supportive environment. Learn the melody, rhythm, and bass parts of songs from folk, rock, soul, jazz, Latin, and other genres. Arrangements include playable parts for every player. Play a part according to your skill level and interest. Apply, in a group setting, the skills that you’ve learned in other classes or on your own. You’ll be amazed when the group plays together and sounds like a complete band! For advanced beginners and stronger players who can play barre chords. Familiarity with TAB or musical notation helpful, but not required. Clearly printed handouts and mp3 tracks available to help you learn. Please bring a music stand and tuner if you have them. Drop-ins welcome. Visit modernclassicsguitar.com for more about this ongoing class.

Ensemble Ukulele - The Holiday Edition!

Dusty Strings

$125.00

Celebrate the season with two-part versions of winter and holiday songs. Learn different parts of the same songs and play them together as an ensemble, all while exploring singing, strumming, and picking ukulele! Parts available for advanced beginners and up; students should be comfortable strumming while changing chords smoothly. Please bring your uke tuned GCEA, a music stand, and a tuner. Low G string recommended, though not required. Baritones are welcome (please notify teacher in advance). We'll showcase what we've learned at a class party!

Past events (503)

Uke Jam with the Honeyville Rascals

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