Blue Raccoon Tunes

Blue Raccoon Tunes

We offer individual and group guitar lessons at our studio and via Skype. We also offer music booking for restaurants, weddings and other events.

Love fosters learning, from the initial attraction sparked by casual flirtation to the dogged toil demanded by long-lasting commitment. Music, furthermore, merits, perhaps even demands, our affection; it stirs our bodies and embraces our minds with its various moods, becoming a sort of sound track to our lives. Recognizing these as fundamental principles of the human experience, we here at Blue Raccoon Tunes guide and nurture the passion of our diverse guitar students, from the tyro touching strings for the first time to the experienced player cultivating his craft. We provide the full range of guitar and music instruction, including sound left and right hand technique, practical theory, ear training, improvisation and repertory building. We welcome players of all levels in nearly every style of music, including classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, folk and rock. Our master instructor, with nearly twenty years’ experience teaching and performing professionally, focuses on keeping the music fun and functional by making players who practice in order to play, whether solo or in group formats. In a world where learning seems increasingly to have been subjugated by institutionalized compulsion, we aim to offer the joy and enlightened self-assurance that accompany discovery and advancement in a beloved discipline. We love to play and trust that you will too! Lessons At Blue Raccoon Tunes we offer individual and group lessons at our studio in Bethesda and via Skype. Rates: Individual in-studio half-hour lesson: $50 Individual in-studio hour lesson: $80 Individual Skype half-hour lesson: $55 Individual Skype hour lesson: $85 Group in studio hour lesson: $60 per student Booking Live jazz tastefully performed adds an immeasurable degree of class to nearly any venue or event. As soon as the music meets the ear of the guest or potential patron, his/her expectations of the experience elevate considerably. We here at Blue Raccoon Tunes believe that restaurant managers and owners ought to give the same consideration to their aural environment as they do to the appearance of their establishment. After all, dust can be swept under the rug, noise cannot. Televisions and generic music stations, so popular these days, betray commonness. Shouldn’t your place be extraordinary? From solo to quintet, Carey Smith offers classic jazz to accompany the guests’ experience; subtle enough to constitute “background music,” but deep enough to sustain attentive listening. Let us add so much to your ambiance! Rates (for standard 3-hour gigs with customary 15 minutes breaks per hour for the musicians. Longer or shorter engagements, as well as bands larger than those listed below, are also negotiated) Solo- $200 Duo- $400 Trio- $600

Operating as usual

We have a remedy for cabin fever!

We teach all ages: Bored kids, teenagers, homebound college students, and adults adjusting to the new lifestyle!

We’re offering guitar lessons via skype during the quarantine!

Call us at 301-875-5085 or email [email protected]

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Carey Smith plays live jazz at the Blue Moon brunch: Sunday, June 2nd

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mailchi.mp If you're at the beach, please swing by!  The Blue Moon has the best food in town and now they'll have our favorite jazz guitarist on the stage this Sunday! Stay tuned for more dates all summer long!  

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Carey plays jazz at the Blue Moon in Rehoboth: Sunday, July 8th

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mailchi.mp The Blue Moon serves a wonderful brunch from 10 am - 2 pm, and Carey's soulful, swingin' jazz makes it taste so much better! 

Van Ness Main Street

Join us this Thursday, 2/22 at Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar. for an evening of live jazz with Carey Smith of Blue Raccoon Tunes.
Enjoy delicious food & drink specials from 6:30-8pm. Come on out, meet your neighbors and socialize with us! #VNJazz #vannessdc

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Friday night jazz & wine tasting and Saturday night jazz and Peruvian food!

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Live jazz: Saturday night at La Canela and Sunday brunch at Tapabar!

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mailchi.mp Tomorrow Carey will be back playing jazz duets during brunch (12 - 2 p.m.) at TapaBar in Bethesda! We hope to see you this weekend for delicious food and live jazz tastefully performed! Heather & Carey

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Live jazz happy hour at TapaBar, Wednesday, 4th October

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mailchi.mp TapaBar provides innovative Spanish food, wines and cocktails in downtown Bethesda! They offer great happy hour specials on food and drinks! We hope to see you there! TapaBar 4901 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 240-483-4004

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Live jazz this weekend: Saturday at La Canela & Sunday at TapaBar

Live jazz Saturday night at La Canela and Sunday brunch at TapaBar!

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Live jazz tonight at La Canela & tomorrow at TapaBar brunch

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Live jazz tonight & tomorrow!

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Live jazz tonight at La Canela and tomorrow at TapaBar brunch

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Come out and keep this guy company!

mailchi.mp Carey Smith will play solo jazz guitar tonight from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at La Canela Peruvian restaurant in Historic Downtown Rockville. La Canela 141 Gibbs St., Rockville, MD 20850301-251-1550

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Jazz brunch at TapaBar tomorrow, 12 - 2 p.m.

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Carey will be playing with Shawn Simon on bass tomorrow
12-2 p.m.!

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Live jazz at La Canela on Friday, September 1st

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Hope to see you out at La Canela tomorrow night!

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Live Duo Jazz at TapaBar, this Wed. 5-7 p.m.

Hope to see you this Wednesday for happy hour and live duo jazz!

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Jazz at La Canela on Saturday night!

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Carey Smith plays live solo jazz guitar at La Canela, Saturday 17 June!

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Carey Smith and Bhagwan Khalsa play jazz duets at La Canela, Rockville, this Saturday, 10 June!

Carey will be back at La Canela on Saturday night!

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mailchi.mp Carey Smith (guitar) will be joined by Bhagwan Khalsa (bass) for an evening of jazz standards at La Canela Peruvian restaurant in Historic Downtown Rockville. 

Van Ness Main Street

[email protected] is Thursday, May 25 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Calvert Woodley Wines and Spirits. Stop by and enjoy live jazz while shopping for your Memorial Day Weekend. Calvert Woodley will be offering special tastings and sales on many items in the store.

Carey Smith and bassist, Dave Wundrow play Jazz @ Van Ness & La Canela this week!

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Live solo jazz guitar & wine tasting, Bethesda, MD -

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Hope to see you this Friday!

blueraccoontunes.com Carey Smith will be performing live solo jazz guitar Friday the 9th of December at Capital Beer & Wine in downtown Bethesda, MD from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Join us for a free wine tasting alongside live jazz tastefully performed. Do ... LEARN MORE »

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Live solo jazz guitar & wine tasting, Bethesda, MD -

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Carey plays solo jazz guitar at Capital Beer & Wine on Friday, 9th December from 5:30 - 7:30!
Swing by to listen, taste some great new wines and stock up on wine for the holidays!

blueraccoontunes.com Carey Smith will be performing live solo jazz guitar Friday the 9th of December at Capital Beer & Wine in downtown Bethesda, MD from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Join us for a free wine tasting alongside live jazz tastefully performed. Do ... LEARN MORE »

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Swing by for some wine and live jazz! Tonight from 5:30-7:30 in Bethesda.

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Join us this Friday, 18th November for a free wine tasting at Capital Beer & Wine in downtown Bethesda. Carey will be performing solo jazz guitar from 5:30 - 7:30.

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Live solo jazz guitar and wine tasting this Friday! -

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Join us this Friday, 18th November for a free wine tasting at Capital Beer & Wine in downtown Bethesda. Carey will be performing solo jazz guitar from 5:30 - 7:30.

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Fall Open House Jazz Concert -

Read all about our 2nd annual Open House! It was great fun!

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blueraccoontunes.com Last Sunday, we hosted our 2nd annual Open House at the Blue Raccoons’ Studio. It was a lovely afternoon filled with food, drink and community all set to wonderful live jazz performances by our students. Our master teacher, Carey Smith, ... LEARN MORE »

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Introduction to Right-Hand Guitar Techniques - Learn Guitar From Master Guitarist Carey Smith

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Check out Carey's new essay on right-hand guitar techniques!

blueraccoontunes.com An efficiently moving right hand is the key to producing relaxed yet grooving lines and chords on guitar. While the left hand, of course, plays its own indispensible role in producing notes, the right hand demands far more careful attention ... LEARN MORE »

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Left-Hand Technique for Guitar and the Magic of Overtraining - Learn Guitar From Master Guitarist Carey Smith

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Check out Carey's latest piece on Left-Hand technique and the magic of overtraining!

blueraccoontunes.com Strength constitutes the essential, and widely unrecognized, key to effective guitar technique. For the guitarist who has never addressed this principle in his playing, newly trained arms, wrists and hands will produce his musical ideas with a precision and effortlessness ... LEARN MORE »

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Guitar technique - Learn Guitar From Master Guitarist Carey Smith

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Check out Carey's essay on the importance of learning proper guitar technique!

blueraccoontunes.com Making music, whether with one’s voice or with an instrument, demands total physical engagement. If the goal of musical expression is indeed making real the sounds that emanate mysteriously from within oneself (i.e. from “mind,” “heart”, or “spirit”), then the ... LEARN MORE »

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Master Guitar Clinic with Tuck Andress, Deputized Raccoon - Learn Guitar From Master Guitarist Carey Smith

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This past Sunday, we had the pleasure of hosting Tuck Andress, guitar virtuoso and half of the American jazz duo, Tuck & Patti, for a master jazz clinic at the Blue Raccoon Tunes studio.

blueraccoontunes.com This past Sunday, we had the pleasure of hosting Tuck Andress, guitar virtuoso and half of the American jazz duo, Tuck & Patti, for a master jazz clinic at the Blue Raccoon Tunes studio. ...READ MORE »

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