People are whispering that “Wayne Erbsen can even teach a FROG to play music!”
Classes and lessons for total beginners in bluegrass banjo, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar are being offered at the Log Cabin Music Center in Asheville, North Carolina. These first-timer classes are taught by Wayne Erbsen, who has been teaching for over forty years, and has authored 28 books on playing various musical instruments. Wayne is host of Asheville’s Public Radio WCQS “Country Roots” radio program on Sunday evenings at 88.1 FM from 7:00 -9:00 PM. Listen live on the web on Sunday nights http://www.wcqs.org
Thursday evenings. This intermediate bluegrass & old-time band is an ongoing "institution" that combines about a dozen intermediate level musicians who play fiddle, mandolin, bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, guitar and bass. If you can play some tunes on your instrument but don't have the opportunity of playing with other people, you are encouraged to contact Wayne for more information. Each week all the instruments will learn one or two new tunes and play tunes and sing songs in our growing list of bluegrass and old-time songs. Cost: If you sign up for at least 6 consecutive classes, it's $120. If you'd rather pick and choose the classes you attend, it's $25/class. If you'd like to drop in and check it out, it's FREE. Come join the FUN!
Tuesday evenings, January 13 through February 17. This easy class for total beginners will meet for six sessions, and will continue with an optional six week session after that. COST: $120 for 6 sessions plus $19.95 for Wayne's book Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus! This class is for 100% beginners with no experience whatsoever with the banjo. Partial "ignoramuses" are also welcome.
Tuesday evenings, January 13 through February 17. This class will meet for six sessions, and will continue with an optional six week session after that. COST: $120 for 6 sessions plus $19.95 for Wayne's book Old-Time Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus! or Bluegrass Mandolin for the Complete Ignoramus! (Includes instructional CD). This class is for 100% beginners with no experience whatsoever. Partial "ignoramuses" are also welcome.
Learn to make homemade artisan cheeses using local cow's milk. We'll make fresh mozzarella, ricotta, & fromage blanc, followed by a wine & cheese tasting paired with seasonal jams and veggies. $50, Instructor: Annie Erbsen De Bacco
By the time we posted the farmhouse cheese-making class, it was nearly full. So if you missed it, don’t despair … we’re doing it again …. sort of. For this class, we’ll be making fromage blanc, a local cow’s milk cheese that can be enjoyed with fresh herbs, nuts, or other adornments or aged a bit until it’s sliceable. Garlic salts make a fabulous gift packaged in tiny class jars. The problem with these is that come February, your friends will have used up their salts and you’ll have to make them more! We’ll make herbed Tuscan garlic salt and a spicy garlic/local ginger/chili pepper salt. A couple of winter jams (orange/cranberry/walnut as well as a red onion jam) and beautiful mulling spice packets and you’re ready for anything. And of course, we can’t work on an empty stomach …mulled wine made from our homemade mulling spice packets, a hearty soup and crackers with our fresh cheese will join the party. This class will be held in Barbara’s 1880’s Haw Creek home. $50, limited to 10 people.
Directions: Log Cabin Cooking & Music is located at 111 Bell Road, just off New Haw Creek Road in the Haw Creek section of East Asheville. From Highway 240 in Asheville, take exit #7. From 240 going East, turn left at the light at the off-ramp.. From 240 going West, turn right at the light at the off-ramp. Now you’re on Tunnel Road going east. At the very first light, turn left and then take a sudden right on New Haw Creek Road. Go about 1½ miles. On your right you’ll see a baseball field. Turn right at the beginning of the ball field on Bell Road. Pass Evergreen Charter School on your left, then pass Ozark Springs Road on your right. Then you’ll come to our big garden on your right. Slow down. On your left will be Zander Way. You’ll turn right on the driveway opposite Zander Way at two big black mailboxes. As you come up our gravel driveway, the cabin will be on your left. You can park either in front of in back of the cabin. If you park in back, come in the back right door.