Banjo Classes

Beginning Clawhammer Banjo 1

Molly Tenenbaum
Six Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
6 weeks, $120

Are you ready to get started on old-time banjo? This weekly class takes you from tuning your banjo and basic right hand frailing to playing chords, accompanying songs, adding melody notes, and changing tunings. You’ll learn a new, immediately playable tune each week, as well as skills for further independent learning. Although this class emphasizes learning by ear, some written materials will be provided to help you remember, and a recording device is recommended. If you’ve been thinking of learning banjo or old-time music, sign-up today!

Beginning Clawhammer Banjo 2

Molly Tenenbaum
Six Saturdays, January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
6 weeks, $120

Want more ways to have fun with the banjo? This class continues where Beginning Clawhammer 1 left off. You’ll explore Double C tuning, add more melody notes, develop more complex rhythmic patterns, and add to your repertoire of tunes and songs. This class emphasizes the old-timers’ way of learning by ear but also provides some written musical cues to take home. If you know the basic frailing pattern, can comfortably play some simple songs and chords in G tuning, and want more, then this class is for you. Recording devices highly recommended. Grab your banjo and get ready to raise a ruckus!

Exploring Bluegrass Banjo Styles: Melodic & Single-String Styles

Bill Evans
Saturday, January 28
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Explore the progressive banjo sounds of today’s leading players with this down-to-earth, hands-on session enabling you to play everything from fiddle tunes and jazz standards to Bach. This class is ideal for those just getting started with these styles as well as more experienced players who want to deepen their knowledge of the logic behind each approach. Map out scales and fingering positions in various keys. Get comfortable finding melodies and creating licks that you can use in all kinds of tunes. Bill Evans is the author of Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies and has produced nine instructional DVDs. Learn more about Bill here. For intermediate to advanced bluegrass banjo players. TAB handouts provided.