Take this opportunity to learn from one of the great banjoists of our time.
Take this opportunity to learn from one of the great banjoists of our time. All levels are welcome. However, if you’re an absolute beginner, aside from some foundational ideas, this will mostly be geared toward folks with at least somewhat more experience. “I’ll discuss timing (working with a metronome, drum machine or tractor), separation of notes, where every note is crystal clear, and tone. I’ll also get into playing the Syllables: playing the True Melody of a Song (Like Bill Monroe Would Like You To). In addition, there’ll be analysis of Earl Scruggs solos and his sophisticated concepts of syncopation as well as ways to construct your own breaks. Back-up will be prioritized as well as the history of melodic style and it’s techniques. Some attention will be paid to playing in other keys besides the omni-present G. Time will be spent discussing ways of opening up your creativity, as applied to improvisation and composition. More advanced improv techniques will be demonstrated and taught. I’ll cover the single string style, as applied to fiddle tunes, scale patterns, etc. And there is always time for digression when appropriate (and sometimes when not). Tab will be dispensed and I’m looking forward to seeing you all!”