Banjo Classes

Beginning Clawhammer Banjo 1

Molly Tenenbaum
Five Saturdays, January 5, 12, (skip 19), 26, February 2, 9
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Get started with the old-time banjo: tuning, holding the banjo, bouncing along in the basic frailing or clawhammer pattern, playing chords, accompanying songs, adding melody notes, and changing tunings. Each class offers a tune or song so you can make music immediately while mastering techniques for learning more. Written materials provided to help you practice at home. Recording devices recommended.

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo 1

Jason Stewart
Five Thursdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Learn the fundamentals of bluegrass banjo! Start with how to hold and tune the instrument, then quickly move on to using fingerpicks and playing first-position chords, rolls, and simple picking patterns. Please bring a five-string banjo (available to rent or purchase through our retail store).

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo 2

Jason Stewart
Five Thursdays, February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Use songs you already know as well as new ones! Learn new tunings, voices, and positions. Work on first position chords, inversions, and new picking patterns and rolls. Connect with new folks and pick your way towards more fun! For advanced beginners, or those who've taken Beginning Bluegrass Banjo 1.

Beginning Clawhammer Banjo 2

Molly Tenenbaum
Five Saturdays, February 23, March 2, 9, (skip 16, 23, and 30), April 6
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

Grab your banjo and get ready to raise a ruckus! Explore Double C and other tunings, add more intricate melodies, vary the rhythmic patterns, and build your repertoire of tunes and songs. This class follows from Beginning Clawhammer 1, but if you know a basic frailing pattern, can comfortably play some simple songs and chords in G tuning, and want more, then this class is for you. Written materials provided to help you practice at home. Recorders recommended.