Beginning Clawhammer Banjo
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Beginning Clawhammer Banjo - Begins July 31st from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - Price: $144
Workshop Instructor: Cari Norris

This learnshop is open to beginners. No previous experience with a banjo is required. Musicians who have some experience playing clawhammer banjo and want to review the basics are also welcome to participate.
Participants will learn in this beginning clawhammer banjo learnshop:
• The clawhammer strum, which can be used to accompany singing or play with other instruments.
• How to tune the banjo, play a handful of important chords and use those chords in familiar songs.
• The process for picking out simple melodies in the clawhammer style.
• How to use a capo and play in the common keys associated with old time music.
• Techniques to help make practice at home most effective.

Please bring a five-string banjo that is in good, playable condition and a banjo capo. All Singing Bird Music School learnshops will focus on learning music “by ear” (the listen and repeat method). It is not necessary for students to know how to read music before they attend the school. Instructors may provide some chord charts, song lyrics, etc. but the reading of formal musical notation will not be taught.

Click here to view the complete schedule of events for this three day Singing Bird Music School experience.

• Location: Russel Acton Folk Center – 212 West Jefferson Street (All registered Singing Bird Music School participants will check in and gather at this location at 9:00 AM each morning. All registered Singing Bird Music School participants will leave from this location to their learnshop location. All locations are within walking distance.)

• Date/Time: July 31st, August 1st AND 2nd from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM (2:15 PM - 9:00 PM are optional activities.)

• Break: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (45 minutes) (Note: Lunch is provided and will be served at the Russel Acton Folk Center – 212 West Jefferson Street.)

• Total Hours: 16.5 hours of instruction (See complete schedule at link above.)

• Price: $144.00 (Includes lunch - If you have food allergies, please email info@visitberea.com with details.) (See Notes Below - Participants MUST bring their own banjo and other items.)

• Age: 10 & Up (Youth 10 – 18 MUST bring a Youth Authorization Form, completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian, found at this Attendees Resources link.)

• Difficulty: Beginner

• Class Size: 12 Max

• Take Home: A good foundation of beginner playing skills, how to tune the banjo, how to use a capo and how to play a few chords.

• Notes: Participants MUST bring their own five-string banjo that is in good, playable condition and a capo (these items will not be provided). Participants that have food allergies MUST email details to info@visitberea.com.

• NOTE TO EDUCATORS: Educators attending this session will receive access to on-line cross-curricular resources, suggested classroom activities based on skills and concepts covered in session, and a certificate of participation for Professional Learning documentation.