Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Pickin' Stick with John Ressler

Dates: 5/17 - 5/18
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $275
Materials: $45
Deposit: $125

A Pickin' Stick is one of the simplest stringed instruments to build and play. It is an ideal project for someone who wants to learn to build or play stringed instruments, even if you think you can't. There are no wrong notes or complex finger arrangements. Any string you play will sound good! This project is a great introduction to stringed instrument building, including installing frets, installing tuners, stringing, and setting up an instrument as well as fine woodworking. Each student will go away with a completed fully playable instrument. Materials will be high-grade instrument quality woods. Applying a finish to the instrument will be the responsibility of the student after the class, but will be discussed in detail. The class will include a group lesson on playing the instrument as time allows. WARNING: Building stringed instruments is addictive. This instrument is especially addictive--it is difficult to put down once you start playing it!

Key Points:

The basics of stringed instrument building
The steps to build a Pickin' stick from start to finish
Wood selection for musical instruments and their effect on tone
How to tune the instrument
How to play the instrument

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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