Railroad Tunes

Instructor: Marty Collin

Level: Advancing Beginner

Age: Teens and Adults

Price: $106 for 4 weeks

June Mini-Session: Wednesdays, 6/3/20 - 6/24/20

July Mini-Session: Wednesdays, 7/8/20 - 7/29/20

August Mini-Session: Wednesdays, 8/5/20 - 8/26/20

12pm - 1pm

Classes will be held online via Zoom.

Description: More chords, more songs, and more practice so those beginning, beautiful, ringing guitar chords, and those challenging chord changes, become part of your guitar vocabulary as you create your new library of old favorite sing-a-long tunes. Railroad Tunes is a guitar course designed for advancing beginners to reinforce the strumming chord skills and will introduce new colors and voices to make your old six string guitar come to life. It is also perfect for anyone who long ago learned a few basic chords, left that guitar in the closet or under your bed to gather dust, and wants to get back in to making warm wooden acoustic music again. We will be looking at that well-loved folk music genre, railroad tunes…and the sons of Pullman porters and the sons of engineers. Can you hear those steel rails hummin’?

Prerequisite: Guitar - Beginner I or Guitar - Beginner II, or the ability to play a handful of chords and simple tunes.

 Sampling of Tunes Learned: Wabash Cannonball, The Wreck of the Old 97, Freight Train, Hobo’s Lullaby, This Train is Bound For Glory, Railroad Bill, 500 Milles, City of New Orleans, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad and others.

What students will need:

  • Functional guitar
  • Tuner
  • Pick
  • Notebook & pencil


Course Curriculum

Marty Collin


With a borrowed guitar from a neighbor down the road and a library card, twelve-year-old Marty Collin taught himself how to play guitar, and his life long journey in acoustic music never faded. A life devoted to teaching, university and high school English instructor, theatre director, published playwright, that musical spark accompanied him on his journey from Cleveland, Ohio, to Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Durham, New Hampshire, to College Park, Maryland, to Amenia, New York, and to Hagerstown, Maryland. Newly transplanted to Charlottesville, Virginia, he has recently taught weekly mandolin, banjo, and guitar lessons and was the faculty advisor to the folk music club at Saint James School in Maryland. From the 2017 Saint James School yearbook, his former mandolin student, Martin McGuigan, Class of 2017, writes: And of course, who could think of Mr. Collin and not immediately hear music? He is by no means shy in sharing his love of music. As he integrates his passion into almost every facet of Saint James life, he shows the true extent to which he is a member of this community. Whether playing banjo as a crossing guard for home cross country meets, playing guitar in his classes, or playing mandolin with me and the rest of our Blue Chair bluegrass group every Tuesday, his dedication to music knows no bounds.

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$106

June Mini-Session

$106

July Mini-Session

$106

August Mini-Session