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Lessons

We believe in the power of Education!

Capo's is pleased to offer a strong lessons program with instruction in a safe, secure, and family friendly environment in many instruments including: Banjo, Guitar (Flatpick and Finger-style), Mandolin, Fiddle and Voice. For more information on our lessons programs, please contact the store by phone at 276-525-1880, by email at caposmusicstore@gmail.com or by filling out the Contact form.

 

Guitar Classes Starting Soon!

Guitar Ensemble: 
The “Capo’s Guitar Ensemble” is a hands on learning experience for every level guitarist from beginner to advanced. In this ensemble, students will learn how to read music, music theory pertaining to the pieces that the ensemble is performing, and ultimately, how to play guitar in an ensemble. Pieces will vary in styles from baroque, renaissance, and classical to contemporary styles such as folk, blues, and rock. The class will perform a concert at the end of the course showcasing what students have learned.


Beginner Guitar Class:

In this course, students will learn to name the strings of the guitar, how to tune the guitar, how to play open chords, a 12 bar blues progression, how to use a capo, how to read sheet music, and how to read guitar tablature. The instructor will perform examples as well as use visual aids such as chord charts. 
Classes start soon. Enroll now by calling 276-525-1880 or emailing: caposmusicstore@gmail.com.
Classes are 6 weeks long. Cost per class is $100 and payable to the instructor.

 

 Meet our talented instructors!  

 

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Anthony Carty: Guitar- Classical, Fingerstyle, Flatpick 

Anthony Carty  is an accomplished guitarist with experience as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles and groups. He has formally studied classical guitar, composition and music theory for the past 5 years, two of which we spent at Radford University as a guitar performance major. He is well versed in classical, jazz, blues, country, rock, metal, country, gospel, and bluegrass. Anthony will be teaching one on one sessions as well as offering a Guitar Ensemble and a Beginner Guitar Class this fall. More information on the classes to follow. 

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Tom Deaton: Classical/Fingerstyle Guitar/ Ukulele

Tom Deaton is well known around Abingdon as one of the best finerstyle guitar players around. Plus, he is just a great guy. A native of Bluefield, Virginia, Tom began playing more than 55 years ago. He became interested in Flamenco and classical guitar as a child and made early appearences in local talent shows winning over the audience.

 

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Ashley Davis: Fiddle/Violin

Capo’s is pleased to welcome instructor Ashley Davis. Ashley Davis is originally from Fayetteville, NC.  Ashley's parents encouraged her to pursue music.  She soon began listening to Bluegrass on WQDR FM every Sunday night and heard Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent.   It was then that Ashley decided she wanted to learn to play Bluegrass fiddle and sing.   Ashley taught herself fiddle and was mentored and taught by her good friend, Mr. Leslie Sandy, a former member of Bill Monroe's band.  By the time Ashley was 15, she was playing with the local bluegrass band in Fayetteville, Bill Jordan and Southern Bluegrass.  Ashley freelanced as a fiddle player with various bands throughout high school.  She played with The Parsons band, and Sweet Potato Pie throughout her college years.   In 2007, Ashley recorded her first solo album, "Fiddlin' with Les,"  which is titled in honor of her musical mentor.  The two twin fiddled on the album and Mr. Sandy also played bass.   Ashley moved to Johnson City, TN in 2010 and has played with the Tyler Williams Band since 2011 as fiddler and vocalist.  

 

 

 

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Bob Minke: Flatpick Guitar/Bluegrass Banjo/Mandolin

Meet, Bob Minke, our Flatpick Guitar and Bluegrass Banjo instructor.  He has been playing since the age of 10, we won't say how old he is now, but he's been playing for a long time.  Bob grew up in a family of Folk musicians in Cleveland Ohio and played music with his brother through the 70's taking his musical influences from the Eagles, Pure Prairie League and Dillion.  Until he discovered J.D. Crowe and Tony Rice and fell in love with bluegrass.  Being in the Navy, Bob traveled a lot and played in many bands from several different genres including bluegrass, folk, jazz, country, americana and even some "Motown".  Bob believes in continued learning all through your musical career.  He is always trying to learn something new to encourage his students to continue learning and growing as a musician.  Bob considers one of his greatest achievements traveling the world entertaining our troops.  The Capo's family of instructors is pleased to have Bob join our ranks, a fantastic musician with some great knowledge and experience to share with his students.

 

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Joy Patton: Old-Time Fiddle/ Clawhammer Banjo

Joy is a southwest Virginia native with roots deep in oldtime and bluegrass music. Joy is a  well-respected clawhammer banjo and Galax style old time fiddle player. A patient and talented teacher, Joy specializing in preparing students to play be ear and jam with other old time players. We are very happy to have her here at Capo's.

 



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