North Carolina Banjo Clinic to be held in Asheville, Nov. 13 & 14

The North Carolina Banjo Clinic, a two-day banjo instruction intensive, will be held in Asheville on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14.

From the event website:

Times & pricing:

• Dates: Friday November 13 & Saturday November 14, 2015.
• Doors open at 8:00 am daily.
• Regular 2-day clinic price is $295.00 (beginning October 2.) Early-Bird pricing at $275 if paid in full by October 1.
• Daily Rates: Friday @ $150.00. Saturday @ $150.00.
• Clinic Deposit: $100 holds you place. (Enjoy Early Bird rate if paid by October 1, 2015.
• Payment terms: Cash, check, or credit card. (We accept all credit cards. Phoning in the number is fine.) Register now.

Class information:

• Classes are offered in Scruggs, Old Time/ Clawhammer, and limited Melodic-style banjo.
• Instructional sessions range from one hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half each.
Class schedule
• Friday evening, the building will remain open late for those who want to jam.
• What will you need? Bring a 5-string banjo, picks, capo, extra strings, a wire music stand, and writing material. (We highly recommend electronic tuners.)
• Depending on schedule, private lessons will again be available both days with the instructor of your choice.
• As always banjo setup will be offered all day Friday by Tom McKinney and part of the day on Saturday by Warren Yates. Please schedule banjo setup with us beforehand.
• You are free to record and/ or video your clinic classes.

Levels of instruction:

1. Novice: Start from the ground up. No experience.
2. Beginner: Limited experience. May know a few tunes, primary chords, and rolls.
3. Intermediate: Experienced. Possibly in a band, can jam, understands the basics. Seeks more consistent sound and timing. May have trouble finding the melody.
4. Advanced: Serious players. Can play up to speed without sacrificing technique, tone, or clarity. Ready for new ideas and an individual style. Seeking a professional sound.
Our instructors

Class Overview:

1. Novice BGB: For students new to the banjo, our Novice Class is a continuos 2-day study that begins with banjo basics and works toward the goal of having all students play a tune before the clinic ends. Among other topics; picks, holding the instrument, essential accessories, basic maintenance, string tuning, reading tab, anchoring the right hand, picking rolls, primary G chords, hammer-ons, pull offs, slides, and timing will be taught. This is a tabulature and written information class.

2. Beginner BGB: Beginner Banjo is a continuous 2-day class. Topics will include developing listening skills, overcoming obstacles, practise routines, developing better left and right-hand coordination, more intricate rolls, left-hand technique, runs, a touch of chord theory, how-to produce better tone, elementary backup techniques, timing, and a few kick-offs and endings. (2) Song Study sessions will be taught in the Beginner class. Arrangements for both songs will be basic. Students are expected to know the primary G chords, how to tune, basic rolls, and a few songs. This is a tabulature and written information class.

3. Intermediate and Advanced Classes: More advanced topics will be covered in these clasess. I/A students are encouraged to switch between Intermediate and Advanced Sessions if topics seem appealing. Often, the material taught can be understood and played by Intermediate players. If a class proves too technical, you are always free to switch to another class.

4. Alternative Picking Styles: Though Melodic-Style playing tends to be for more advanced students, the same principle as described above applies. If a class is appealing, try it. You might be suprised at how fast you catch on. Once you grasp the elements of Melodic banjo, a path opens to being able to play note-for-note fiddle tunes.

5. Beginner OTB: Beginning OTB class is structred to accept players new to the banjo. The basics will be covered as well as technique and tunes. This is a tabulature and written information class.

5. Intermediate OTB: Climbing a level above beginner OTB banjo, Intermediate OTB will focus on improving chord and drop-thumb (right hand) technique while exploring the rich tapestry of Western North Carolina OTB tunes. Several regional OTB tunes will be taught. Students are expected to know the primary G chords, how-to tune, basic right-hand technique, and a few songs. This is a tabulature and written information class.


About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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