Just a notice to let you know that I will be teaching “Advanced Clawhammer Banjo 2” at the Mars Hill Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week June 3rd-9th at Mars Hill College just north of Asheville, North Carolina. I am looking forward to a week of intense music making and fun, and would be very tickled to have you join us. For more information on Mars Hill, check http://www.mhc.edu/oldtimemusic
This class is designed to expand repertoire and technique, with attention to accompaniment to fiddle tunes, distinct banjo tunes, and also songs. We will explore how to create rhythmic and melodic variations, how to breakdown and build up tunes, and how to match fiddle dynamics on the banjo, and how to play with another banjoist. We will visit the diverse styles of masters such as Ola Belle Reed, George Gibson, Lee Hammons, Fred Cockerham and Loudon Wainwright III. Other topics will include tunes in less common tunings and keys, two-finger up-picking, and how minstrel and African down-stroke techniques and fretless banjo techniques inform clawhammer choices. Finally, we will look at how different banjos and banjo set-ups produced different voices. This class will be taught primarily by ear; audio and video recording are highly encouraged. However, tablature will be available for most of what we cover as well. On occasion, some video and audio files may be referenced, and may be available to those who bring laptops or jump drives. Learn more about Chuck and his music at www.banjourneys.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .