FRITZ SCHULER has been called “The Walking Encyclopedia of Folk Music” by Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Simply Folk” Founder Tom Martin-
Fritz is a former elementary School teacher and has taught folk guitar, banjo and mountain dulcimer through the University of Wisconsin's Continuing Education program for over 30 years at UW -
Fritz is accepting a limited number of private students at the Golden Ring. Available Courses are:
Folk Guitar for The Absolute Beginner
This is a fast-
American Roots Guitar for the Early Intermediate Folk Guitarist.
If you’ve been playing the guitar awhile and you know a number of chords and a strum or two, but everything you play sounds the same to you, or you feel like you’re at a plateau and can’t get yourself up to the next level -
Prerequisites: The beginning guitarist should have the knowledge of the following chords: A, Am, C, D, D7, E, Em, F, G, you should be able to tune your guitar and change chords quite easily. You should also have some understanding of traditional folk music and its various styles. No Music Reading Is needed to take this course.
Beginning Old Time Mountain Banjo
With its roots in the Appalachian Mountains, this style, called Frailing or Clawhammer combines rhythm and melody to create a sound, perfect for the back porch or for playing in a group. In this course you’ll learn all the fundamental
techniques of this style enabling you to play
standards of the old-
You should also have some understanding of traditional folk music. This is NOT a bluegrass banjo course. No Music Reading Is needed to take this course.
Beginning Mountain Dulcimer
The mountain dulcimer (also called the Appalachian or lap dulcimer) is a unique and versatile instrument. Used since pioneer times to play a body of traditional music including dance tunes, ballads and hymns this instrument remained in relative obscurity until Kentucky folk musician Jean Ritchie introduced it to the urban folk scene in the 1940's where it captured a whole new audience. In this fun course you’ll be introduced to several playing styles, from traditional noter playing to more contemporary chord style playing. You Will Learn several different traditional tunings, the “basic strum” and variations, how to read Dulcimer Tablature, Basic left-
If you’re ready to take the plunge into playing American Folk Music, Contact Fritz by phone (920-
Policies and pricing:
All lessons are 30 minutes in length and cost $15.00 per half hour. Lessons are booked on a 4-
As a performer Schuler has performed all over the Midwest, at countless festivals, libraries, historical societies, colleges, museums, schools, banquets and coffeehouses. Taking American Folk Music across the ocean, he was a headline performer at the 1994 Seafest in Japan. Other notable performances include a Woody Guthrie tribute with Guthrie's sister, Mary Jo Edgmon. He has also been featured with the popular touring NPR radio show "Whad 'Ya Know" with Michael Feldman. For More Complete Information and booking information