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HOME ABOUT US NEWS-SPECIALS INSTRUMENTS PRINT MUSIC BAND & ORCH CONTACT US MAP COLLECTOR'S VAULT RESOURCES -TEACHERS & REPAIR LESSONS - CLASSES Fritz Schuler       Private Lessons American Folk Music Traditional Folk Guitar - Old Time 5 String Banjo	                                Mountain Dulcimer

FRITZ SCHULER has been called “The Walking Encyclopedia of Folk Music” by Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Simply Folk” Founder Tom Martin-Erickson and has been performing Folk, Country Blues and OldTime music since the 1960’s.

             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 - Fox Valley in Appleton.  He has also taught these courses at the UW Centers in Fond Du Lac, Sheboygan, Green Bay, West Bend and Manitowoc passing along his joy of playing to well over 2000 students. He has also taught a “Folk Instruments In the Classroom” Summer workshop for Teachers at Silver Lake College as well as mini-courses in the history of American Folk music at several high schools, and a master's class in the History of American Folk Music at the John Michael Kohler Art's Center in Sheboygan.

 SO---If you want to learn old time banjo, mountain dulcimer or traditional folk guitar and immerse yourself in American Folk Music – You’ve come to the right place!!!

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-paced introduction of Folk Guitar. It is aimed at the student who has had no guitar or music background who wants to play accompaniment to songs around the campfire, fireplace or kitchen table. Fritz emphasizes fun in learning and in this course and you’ll be playing several folk songs, blues and country songs -both old favorites and some new to you - before you know it. You will learn basic chords in the major guitar keys, how chords work, basic strums and fingerpicking patterns and a lot of extras to make your playing more fun and sound great. As you continue through this course and get the basics under your belt, the course moves into and includes the material in the American Roots Guitar course. No Music Reading Is needed to take this course.

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 - Well, this is the course you need to jumpstart both your interest and playing abilities. This course is an indepth overview of all basic guitar folk styles, including Traditional Finger Picking Guitar, Old-time Country and Bluegrass Flatpicking and a good dose of Fingerpicking Country Blues.

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-time repertoire and beyond. It is designed for beginners with little or no background in music reading or the banjo. The course includes several traditional banjo tunings as well as the basic chords in that tuning. You’ll learn the basic "frailing" strum and techniques to improve the sound of your playing - Slides, Hammer and Pull-offs while playing many fun traditional instrumentals. The lessons will also include some basic musical concepts including learning to make use of tablature, chord diagrams and other fundamental musical tools.

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-hand fingering positions and many more advanced left-hand techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides. You’ll also be pulled into the world of old time music learning many of the traditional songs that have been played on the mountain dulcimer for generations: Ground Hog; Old Joe Clarke and many more.

Getting Started:

If you’re ready to take the plunge into playing American Folk Music, Contact Fritz by phone (920-684-5242) during store hours or better yet stop in the store and speak to him in person to schedule your lessons.

Policies and pricing:

All lessons are 30 minutes in length and cost $15.00 per half hour. Lessons are booked on a 4-lesson basis and are paid for in advance ($60.00). This guarantees the selected time slot is reserved and ensures that the instructor is fairly compensated for his time.  Payments must be made on or before the last paid lesson to guarantee the next 4 lessons. CANCELLATIONS Students are allowed one cancellation (Called in before noon of the lesson) per three (3) month period.


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



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