Clawhammer Banjo Part 2: Getting Creative with Victor Furtado

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The Handmade Music School presents Clawhammer Banjo Part 2: Getting Creative with Victor Furtado on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 3:00pm EST. The workshop will be presented via Crowdcast as part of our Handmade at Home online series. Cost is $1 to $100 (suggested donation of $15).

This workshop will be Part 2 to Victor’s previous workshop, “All Things Clawhammer.” For this class we will continue to learn the essentials of clawhammer and then get creative with it and explore how we can use these techniques to create our own music. This may include learning interesting chords, clawhammer-roll patterns, boom chucking, up-picking to create clave rhythms, and how to play notey melodies.

Victor Furtado is a 20 year old clawhammer banjo player musician. In Bluegrass Today’s words “a young man with an absurdly precocious talent, and a depth of understanding of old time music that is at odds with his age.” As the youngest of nine siblings, Victor has been immersed in bluegrass, old time, and classical music his entire life. He is known for his uniquely innovative and diverse banjo style, his role as banjo player with The Wildmans, and most recently his collaborations with Dori Freeman, and The Earl White Stringband. Victor has performed all around the east coast from fiddlers’ conventions large and small to the Grand Ol’e Opry, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, the Prism, and others. He has released three solo albums and has played as a guest musicians on numerous other recordings. A winner of the prestigious Steve Martin Award For Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Victor has also won top prizes in other contests including Galax, the Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop), Freshgrass, Maury River, and the Virginia State Fair.


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