Banjo Classes

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.

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.

Improve Your Clawhammer Banjo Playing

Cathy Fink
Saturday, March 30
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
$40

Two-time GRAMMY® winner and Clifftop Festival old-time banjo champion Cathy Fink brings this nuts-and-bolts class to Dusty Strings! Designed for all levels of players, you'll learn right hand drills and left hand skills to help you build speed, accuracy and confidence. Cathy demonstrates practice techniques you can use to help you make more progress in your playing. Cathy Fink teaches banjo online at truefire.com (with over 10,000 students served!) as well as at homespuntapes.com.

Play by Ear - Paper Free!

Cathy Fink
Saturday, March 30
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
$40

What key do I sing in? How do I know what chord to play? Where are the notes to this song? You will be amazed at how easy it is to take your eyes off the page and start training your ear to play what you want. You CAN do it. You were BORN with ear training, and Cathy can show you how to make it work for you! For intermediate level players. Students should know at least four chords in the keys of C, D, G, and A. Two-time GRAMMY® winner Cathy Fink teaches banjo online at truefire.com (with over 10,000 students served!) as well as at homespuntapes.com.

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo 1

Jason Stewart
Five Thursdays, March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18
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).