Banjo Lessons
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SOUND EFFECTS: APRIL 10 BENEFIT CONCERT

Thank you SO MUCH for making our event such a success! All of our students, parents, volunteers, board members, AVL All-Stars, and the crew at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall- we couldn't have done it without you! Click here to VIEW PHOTOS from KMG Photography

MUSIC VIDEO ASHEVILLE APRIL 16

Showcasing music videos from Asheville artists, this event, held at Diana Wortham Theatre, will help benefit our scholarship and outreach programs! Click HERE to learn more

SUMMER CAMP AUDITIONS APRIL 26

Placement auditions for our summer camps start at 1:30pm. Call to schedule your time. Camps included Chamber Music, Pop/Rock Band, Jazz Band, Rock Band, and Suzuki Splash. Ages range from 3 to 18. Click HERE to learn more

MUSIC & MOVEMENT CLASSES ANNOUNCED

New faculty member Kirsten Baucom Earley will be teaching Music & Movement classes this summer at AMS. Two different weekly classes running June 10-July 23. Click HERE to learn more

Banjo Lessons

Banjo teachers at the Asheville Music School can teach either bluegrass 3-finger picking style or clawhammer (aka frailing or old-time style). The 3 finger style, a la Earl Scruggs, is a common style heard in modern bluegrass music. Although it’s referred to as ‘Bluegrass Banjo’, this is the main technique that most banjo players use to play other styles of music as well (e.g. Bela Fleck). We can learn how to play any style you are interested in: bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, classical, etc.

Clawhammer players usually play a banjo with an open back (no resonator) and sometimes a scooped neck (no frets close to the banjo head).  You’ll see their right hand bouncing up and down a lot, instead of staying put on the banjo head like a 3-finger bluegrass player. They are strumming down on the strings with the back of their fingernail, then picking up on the 5th string with their thumb. To learn clawhammer banjo we usually start with the basics of this right hand ‘frailing’ technique along with some basic old-time melodies and easy chords.

Click the teacher links below to learn more about our Banjo faculty.

Teachers:

Austin Harris
John Looney