Banjo Lessons
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Our new adult ensemble will focus on the music of The Beatles. To learn more CLICK HERE


Two of our outreach ensembles will be performing at LEAF on Sun. Oct. 23. CLICK HERE for more info on this wonderful music festival.


Thanks for the food, neighbors! In exchange, we're sending TL some teacher and student performers:
Up Next Duo- Haylie Fehl & Eva Peterson, Oct. 24
Christina Thompson & Abbie Earley, Oct. 25
Kylie Brown, tba

2016 Holiday Recitals

We've expanded our recitals- again!
Dec. 2- Ensembles and Adult Student Open Mic at Block Off Biltmore
Dec. 3 & 4- All AMS Recitals at Altamont Theatre
What will you play?

2016- OUR 20TH YEAR!

It's been 20 years since Asheville Music School first opened its doors! Time flies when you're making music! Thanks to everyone who has been a part of AMS over the years. We couldn't have done it without the support of this amazing community!

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.


Karen Bell– Clawhammer Banjo
Andy John