District 8

Free Fiddle & Guitar Workshops

Free Group Fiddle & Rhythm Classes 


Starting September 11th in Great Falls, MT 

Classes are held at Bass Clef School of Music 525 Central Ave. Great Falls, MT 


District 8 is proud to offer our weekly group classes again this fall. These classes are for all levels of player and we have opportunities for all folk instruments (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass).  


Free Classes 


Tone, Timing, and Technique  

Wednesdays 5:30 

Come and learn how to develop your playing on any instrument. We will cover the various aspects of how to achieve great tone, how to find "the groove" and blend with other instruments rhythmically. We will also cover some intermediate to advanced techniques for developing your playing and practicing routines. Free to MSOTFA members and offered weekly starting September 11th.  


Advance registration is not required but is greatly appreciated.   



Beginning Fiddle 

Thursdays 5:30 

If you want to start playing the fiddle or if you have been playing for a little while but aren't sure how to proceed this class is for you. With a fun, friendly, and supportive learning environment Louise will give you the tools you need for a solid foundation in fiddling. No experience required and loaner and rental instruments are available if you just want to give it a try.  


Advance registration is not required but is greatly appreciated. 



Beginning Rhythm 

Thursdays 5:30 

This class will cover basic chord shapes, strumming patterns, and basic music theory. The class is open to any instrument and any level of player. Our goal is to give you a solid foundation for playing behind fiddlers, singers, and other lead instruments. Learn how to play solid backup without hurting your hands and fingers! 



Advance registration is not required but is greatly appreciated.   


Other Classes Offered 

Intro to Western Swing 

Wednesdays 6:30 

In this class we will cover the history of Western Swing from the 1920s onward. We will be learning some classic tunes, twin fiddle parts, fills and backup techniques, and how to get that classic Bob Wills sound. The class is open to all instruments and levels but a basic knowledge of your instrument is encouraged. Class cost is $10 per session.  



Advance registration is not required but is greatly appreciated.   


Private Lessons 

Private lessons are offered by a variety of instructors. If you would like to learn more please email us and we can direct you to an instructor in your area offering instruction in the style you are interested in.  


Other playing opportunities 

District 8 weekly care home performances.  



District 8 Weekly Open Jam @ The Celtic Cowboy

Sundays 6-9 

116 1st Ave. South, Great Falls, MT


President- Isaac Callender click to email

Vice President- Diane Stinger

Secretary Treasurer- Penelope Callender

Board Members:

Gary Betcher

Cadhla Norris

Molly Wilson

State Representative- Marca Gibson

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Local Teachers:


Local Music Store:

Bass Clef School of Music