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JAMEY AEBERSOLD COMING TO AMS!

Venerable jazz musician, educator, and winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award will be hosting a workshop for instrumentalists and vocalists at AMS on Mon. Oct 13. Register through Elise Pratt- meirby129@yahoo.com More on Jamey HERE

WHOLE FOODS PARTNERSHIP

AMS to partner with Whole Foods to help further out music outreach program! Members of our Sound Education outreach program will be performing at the new Tunnel Rd. Whole Foods on Friday evenings.

SUMMER CAMPS COME TO A CLOSE

What a great summer it was! Click HERE TO SEE PICS of all the action. We had Rock Camp, Jazz Camp, two Pop/Rock Camps, Chamber Music Camp, and Suzuki Splash! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON CAMPS and start thinking ahead for next summer.

NEW FACULTY MEMBERS

We are happy to welcome Mary Kay Bauer (voice), Franklin Keel (cello), Nancy Simmons (voice), and Lloyd Weinberg (sax) to the AMS family!

SOUND EDUCATION OUTREACH VIDEO

Watch this video to learn more about our community outreach and scholarship program CLICK HERE

MUSIC & MOVEMENT CLASSES ANNOUNCED

New faculty member Kirsten Baucom Earley will be teaching Music & Movement classes for kids & parents at AMS every Wednesday at 10:30am. Drop ins welcome! 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:

John Looney