Introduction to Bluegrass Banjo w/ Avram Siegel

Tuesdays, 8:00-9:15 pm, beginning July 8
$120.00 advance / $130.00 after June 30
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Bluegrass banjo is fun to play and fun to learn.  This class will get into the basics of 3 finger-Scruggs style playing on the 5 string banjo.  We'll start with basic rhythm and roll patterns along with simple chords and melodies and move on to learn some classic tunes as played by Earl Scruggs.  Yup, just like Earl.
 
One important goal of this class is to make sure that students get off to a good start - learning proper technique and good habits.  Far too many students start learning the banjo with bad habits that end up taking years to unlearn.
 
Class Requirements: A five string banjo. 2 metal fingerpicks, and one plastic thumbpick.  While not required, it doesn't hurt to have extra picks of different sizes and styles to experiment with.
 
I hope you can join us.


Avram Siegel has been teaching bluegrass ensemble/jam classes for many years, and a very large percentage of the successful bluegrass and related bands formed in the SF Bay Area over the past decade came wholly or in part out of his program; this class will be a continuation of that program and will be chance to work up material in a more complete way. Over his years of teaching, Avram has developed a detailed and comprehensive instruction method that has turned out some of California's most popular young musicians. A respected mainstay on the California bluegrass scene, Avram has performed with everyone from the Grant Street String Band to the Vern Williams Band, from Peter Rowan to True Blue.

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