Lessons/Classes

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'.......


DOBRO CLASSES:
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. 
http://www.beardguitars.com

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:
http://www.passim.org/course-descriptions

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