We’re not shut down during the Covid19 emergency
During the Covid19 lockdown and social distancing, we are operating safely through our virtual one-room schoolhouse at Teacherzone Registration
If you are a Strings Attached student, please register online by following the link above. We are also using the platform to aid kids ages 5 to 8 who signed up for a 8 week ukulele group class that was to begin April 7th. Register through Teacherzone and we will help you get a ukulele and receive lesson materials during this time.
During the Covid-19 lockdown we gave away a significant portion of our student loaner instrument collection to kids staying-a-home so they could continue to practice and play music with NO STRINGS ATTACHED. To proceed safely, we are not asking loaner instruments and cases to be returned to help minimize risk of spreading the virus. We are grateful to a generous contribution by Reverb Gives and Reverb.com that will enable us to replace our loaner instrument collection for future use by new entering students. Thanks Reverb Gives!
Did you participate in “Play Music on the Porch Day?”
“Play Music on the Porch Day” spotlights musicians, young and old, professional and not professional in their natural settings, usually their front porches – just the way our grandparents and great grandparents would share music with friends, family and passers-by. As most of us are sticking close to home and family currently, it’s a great time to share some music from the porch. Watch our student, Zander Mae share her wonderful voice on,”Play Music from the Porch Day!”
Join us on FACEBOOK -STRINGS ATTACHED PROJECT for this year’s Make Music Day (2020) on June 21st. We’ll be sharing students performances via video and through audio recordings. We’ll also participate in a Music Track Meet, where students (and teacher) will each take relay race turns creating songs online with Soundtrap Education. Through the gift of remote multi-track recording (thanks les Paul!) we’ll compose quicky socially distant tunes on Make Music Day using our instruments and loops, then post the results on Facebook to share with anyone that wants to listen. Watch and Listen to some of our Make Music Day student performances and recordings:
Listen to student Jadon’s composition, “Ender Drive” created during our songwriting relay using Soundtrap for Education:
Our social distancing recording, “Great Gratitude” has become part of the archived collection of the Missouri Historical Society’s, “Stories of the Pandemic” along with writings, journals, photos and recordings collected during the pandemic. The collection is the subject of a StL Public Radio story. Listen here: History Museum Collects Photos, Other Items To Document Life During Coronavirus Pandemic by Chad Davis
If you have cabin fever, we’ve created an experiment in social distancing songwriting and collaboration on HitRecord.org! The tentative title is, “The Great Gratitude. Simply go to this link: Cabin Jam
Download “Cabin Jam” remix from the contributions, upload it to your home recording setup and create your contribution! Could be more vocals, a choir, more instruments, fiddle, doboro, spoons, percussion, hand claps, anything Americana! Upload it back to the Cabin Jam page and we’ll build on it.
This is what we’ve built so far with people we’ve never met, recording remotely during the Covid19 isolation:
Strings Attached project · Great Gratitude
Strings Attached is at it again …. Producing music that is!
We’re back at Native Sound in January, 2020 starting a new collection of American song recordings featuring project students and combining some of St. Louis’ best roots musicians. In previous recordings we focused on a variety of music genres including cowboy, ragtime, blues, jazz, rockabilly. This time, we’re having fun with traditional folk tunes again like, “Crawdad,” “Blackberry Blossom, “Old Joe Clark” – some gospel, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “I’ll Fly Away” and the Bing Crosby classic, “I’m An Old Cowhand (from the Rio Grande)”
This year is our 10th anniversary!!
Thanks for coming out to our Christmas “Winter Sing.” Students performed holiday songs and standards on guitars, ukuleles, banjo and mandolin.
If you couldn’t make it, we hope you can next year!
Strings Attached continued serving youth through individual weekly classes. We also toured 9 branches of the St. Louis County Library system from March through July providing ukulele lessons to teens.
The library system now loans out ukuleles, guitars, banjo’s , electric guitars, keyboards, beat boxes and bongos to patrons, making libraries very musical places to be! You can also check out songbooks and books on the history of music. We’re happy to be a part of the musical library movement that’s shaping up across the country.
Fall 2019, we had a new group of young ukulele players, ages 5 to 8, who started with us. We’re had a cool time learning some chords, strumming and singing songs. A couple of our new players are already writing their own songs to sing for the class. What talent and happiness!
Our 2019 summer ensemble worked hard putting together instrumental songs that include harmonized parts on banjitar, ukulele, guitar and mandolin. We culminated the sessions with some recordings of their work before they headed back to school.
Listen to some of the Summer String Ensemble!:
Thanks for joining us on June 21st for Make Music Day Open House at the parish hall, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ferguson. Youth musicians ages 5 to 17 played some songs or jammed with us on 12 bar blues and Wes Montgomery’s “Bumpin”. Moms and dads also participated in playing and singing music with youth as well!
We included an instrument discovery area, where kids could get hands-on tryouts of dulcimers, hammer dulcimer, bells, keyboards, congas and others.
We also had a partnership with Walnut Grove elementary school in Ferguson to help get their music teacher set up with 30 ukuleles to be used in music classes at the school.
Strings Attached hopes to continue this effort in expanding the use of ukuleles with kids in nearby elementary schools and supporting their music teachers however we can!
Looking to create a new collection of student/adult recordings in 2020. We’ve produced 4 CD’s of material to date and if you haven’t heard any of our recordings, check them out at http://www.reverbnation.com/stringsattachedproject or at http://www.soundcloud.com/guitarkestra
Check out a featured article about Strings Attached on Reverb at The Strings Attached Project: Instruments and Music Education for Kids of All Backgrounds | Reverb Gives . At Reverb Gives a portion of every sale of instruments sold on Reverb provides students, teachers, and leaders of music programs across the world with instruments they need.
2019 began with a field trip with our students & parents to the St. Louis Science Center for a special exhibit: “Guitar, the Instrument that Rocked the World.” The exhibit tied together the history, engineering and science behind the guitar & ukulele with examples of instruments, how they are constructed, hands-on exhibits about electromagnetism, waveforms/sound waves, vibration, structural engineering, acoustics and a variety of guitars, banjos, ukuleles forming the history of guitars.
Students were treated to a new storybook on the childhood of guitarist/inventor Les Paul entitled, “Guitar Genius” by Kim Tomsic in exchange for their drawings of the Les Paul persona, “Rhubarb Red” “Rhubarb Red” is the stage name Les Paul used when he began his career as a professional musician here in St. Louis on KMOX radio. We collected interesting artifacts from Rhubarb Red’s career this spring and will celebrate Les Paul’s birthday with slices of rhubarb pie!
Listen to this interview on the “Music History Project” with Les Paul about his early childhood that led to many of his inventions in guitar, recordings and how he overcame the many setbacks in his life: LES PAUL on the MUSIC HISTORY PROJECT
We love to see our current students using their skills acquired at Strings Attached by getting involved with church band or school bands. Recently, one of our guitars students- David – traveled to Memphis with his school jazz band to perform at the Blues City Cafe. He was invited to play with local musicians at the Memphis Riverboat Cruise during his stay! Watch a clip of his performance! This is the kind of experience that is the best teacher and will never be forgotten by a young musician
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