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The Handmade Music School presents an intermediate old time clawhammer banjo workshop with Rachel Eddy on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Cost is $30.

This clawhammer banjo workshop will focus a lot on how to use your thumb to make the banjo swing in different percussive ways. We will study common phrases on the banjo and learn how to vary them in different ways. This will not be a repertoire heavy workshop, but rather using a tune or two that utilize certain helpful techniques, and working hard to have really good economy of motion with our claws. Being able to bum-ditty is required, and having some experience with drop thumbing will be very helpful.

Rachel Eddy is a native of West Virginia, having grown up in a musical family steeped in the traditions of Appalachian music and dance. Now based in Alexandria VA, Rachel is known throughout the world as both a dynamic, emotionally powerful performer and an engaging, thoughtful teacher. Rachel’s soulful singing and multi-instrumental finesse—including fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin—may be heard on numerous solo and collaborative recordings as well as at dances and jam sessions, where Rachel is dedicated to fostering community and sharing a love of music with others.

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