banjo lessons

Etta Baker’s Up-Picking Banjo Style with Jake Blount

Etta Baker is perhaps best known as a skilled Piedmont blues guitarist; however, she also played the banjo. Given that many blues guitarists of Baker’s generation claimed to have learned from banjo-playing relatives, her unique up-picking style may represent an important crossover point for old-time and blues music. Participants will learn a tune as she played it.

2020-03-25T10:42:12-04:00October 16th, 2020||

SWVA Fiddle and Banjo Styles with Chris Prillaman, Jared Boyd, Mac Traynham, and Andy Buckman

This class will explore the unique driving fiddle and banjo style of our regional repertoire, rooted in Southwest Virginia's dance music tradition. Learn from local master musicians Chris Prillaman, Jared Boyd, Mac Traynham, and Andy Buckman.

2020-03-25T10:38:07-04:00October 16th, 2020||

Third Annual Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together

The Handmade Music School, along with The Floyd Country Store, is excited to announce the Third Annual Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together at the beautiful EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia! This amazing four day camp will take place in early spring on October 15-18, 2020 (rescheduled from March 2020). Instructors include Caleb Klauder, Sammy Lind, Nadine Landry, Reeb Willms, Tatiana Hargreaves, Jake Blount, Adam Hurt, and Phil Jamison. Cost is $400 for the four day camp.

2020-03-24T19:15:56-04:00October 15th, 2020||

Bluegrass Banjo: From Imitation to Improvisation with Gina Furtado

The Handmade Music School: Online Sessions presents Bluegrass Banjo: From Imitation to Improvisation with Gina Furtado on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 3:00pm. 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).

2020-05-25T10:25:04-04:00June 2nd, 2020|, |

Old Time Fiddle-Banjo Workshop with Paul Brown and Terri McMurray (All Instruments Welcome)

The Handmade Music School presents an Old Time Fiddle and Banjo Workshop with Paul Brown and Terri McMurray on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 1:30-3:00pm. Explore the interaction between old-time fiddle and banjo through demonstrations and your own participation. All levels welcome, and other instruments are welcome too! Paul and Terri have played fiddle & banjo together for decades, as a duo and in bands including the Toast String Stretchers and Smokey Valley Boys. Get some great tips, and generate your own new insights.

2019-11-22T08:23:28-05:00March 7th, 2020|, |

Clawhammer Banjo Fundamentals with Andy Buckman

The Handmade Music School presents an introductory Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Andy Buckman on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 3:30-5:00pm. This workshop is appropriate for beginning and intermediate banjo players who wish to explore the distinctive “mountain” clawhammer banjo style of SW Virginia and NW North Carolina.

2020-02-06T10:48:43-05:00February 29th, 2020|, |

Intermediate Old Time Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Rachel Eddy

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. 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.

2019-12-05T17:31:56-05:00February 22nd, 2020||

Intermediate Old-Time Banjo Workshop with Jared Boyd

The Handmade Music School presents an intermediate banjo workshop with Jared Boyd on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 3:30-5:00pm. Cost is $30. This workshop will focus on a few Round Peak/Galax area tunes, as well as some clawhammer techniques and licks you can add to your playing to give it more character/variety. We will go through tunes phrase by phrase at a moderate pace so as to get in as many tunes as possible. Attendees are expected to be able to learn by ear or by watching, as no tablature or written notation will be provided.

2019-08-01T10:06:36-04:00September 28th, 2019|, |

Introductory Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Andy Buckman

The Handmade Music School presents an introductory Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Andy Buckman on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm. This workshop is appropriate for beginning and intermediate banjo players who wish to explore the distinctive “mountain” clawhammer banjo style of SW Virginia and NW North Carolina. Andy will emphasize rhythm, backbeat, and drone skills while teaching local dance tunes. Workshop participants can expect to gain a clear understanding of the basic mechanics of an exciting, highly danceable banjo sound that is fun to play! Cost is $30.

2019-06-08T14:42:23-04:00July 20th, 2019|, |