Possum's Tail is Bare
Group Zoom Class taught by Mary Lynn Michal
February 21 & 28, March 7 & 14, 2021 (Sundays) at 4PM Eastern
Registration closes when class begins. You must register for the live class. Recordings of this class will not be sold on demand.
Join us to explore this traditional old time tune, The Possum's Tail is Bare. It's got some fine lyrics (see below) which are possibly related to an old Cherokee story which involves a rabbit colluding with a cricket to shave the possum's tail.
Over the course of 4 weeks, we'll learn the basic melody first, and then focus on a simple backup pattern using the chords. We'll explore how to apply this backup strategy to many tunes—it will also help you survive (and have fun!) in jams. Then we'll add some ideas to learn a simple arrangement, with lots more practice strategies and tips sprinkled in.
Why take this class?
Reason #1: Your teacher is Mary Lynn - the Amazing Slow Downer!
We'll go through the tune step by step, helping you through your stuck spots, and giving you exercises and practice strategies to help you learn. Plus it will be fun! (Laurie says there might be cookies). And you'll have lots of other folks to jam this tune with as soon as we can get back together.
Reason #2: You'll have a week between classes to re-watch the recording, and practice so that you will be ready the next Sunday to take on a bit more. No more overwhelm (or at least a little less overwhelm)!
FORMAT: 1 hour class on Sundays at 4PM Eastern. Classes will be taught over Zoom. The first session is February 21.
All classes will be recorded so that if you have to miss a session, you can catch up, replay, and revisit the tune any time.
Please sign up early so that we can properly support everyone with a nice check-in experience and be sure there is no tech stress.
Classes will be taught over Zoom
• Handouts and sheet music
• A private "Kudoboard" where you can post your progress videos for feedback.
• Access to the recorded sessions so that you can watch over and over.
• Mary Lynn on speed dial (text, actually) if you get stuck during the week
• A 10% off coupon for Ken Kolodner's Possum's Tail is Bare video lesson
Registration closes when class begins. You must register for the live class. Recordings will not be sold on demand.
Arrangement: Mary Lynn Michal
Taught by: Mary Lynn Michal
Technical Support: Laurie McCarriar
Here are the lyrics I mentioned above (you may find it helpful to sing these while learning the tune, but we will NOT be singing during the Zoom sessions)!
Well the squirrel he’s got a bushy tail, puffy grows the hair;
The old coon’s tail is ringed all around but the possum’s tail is bare.
The possum’s tail is bare, oh the possum’s tail is bare.
Old coon’s tail is ringed all around but the possum’s tail is bare.