Banjo Classes



Come play the only instrument invented in America!

Our banjo classes are divided into three main styles: Clawhammer, Old-Time Two Finger, and Bluegrass. If you are not sure which style to play, try Introduction to the Banjo and get a taste of all three styles in one eight-week class.

List of All Banjo Courses for Adults (15 found)

Introduction to the Banjo

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday, Tuesday or Thursday with Jonas Friddle or Matt Brown

For anyone attracted to the 5-string banjo but not sure which style to try first, this is for you!

Clawhammer Banjo 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Steve Rosen or Jonas Friddle

Begin by using chords to strum simple songs with a technique known as frailing.

Clawhammer Banjo 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Jim Becker

Go beyond the basics with Clawhammer techniques such as drop-thumbing, while playing more challenging songs and fiddle tunes.

Clawhammer Banjo 3

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Steve Rosen

Develop stronger left and right hand techniques in frailing and drop-thumb using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday or Tuesday with Dave Bragman or Keith Baumann

The first of five classes in the Bluegrass Banjo series that will take you through the techniques needed to play in a bluegrass style.

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Bluegrass Banjo 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

Pick up some advanced rolls and tunes, as well as rhythm and back-up playing.

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

Put all the pieces together - the right hand rolls and changing them inside of one measure, back up and fill in licks, and vamping positions with chops and rolls.

Bluegrass Banjo 4 - Earl Scruggs

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Old Time Two-Finger Banjo 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Matt Brown

This beginning level will start you off with simple melodies in the two-finger "thumb lead" style.

Old Time Two-Finger Banjo 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Matt Brown

We will build your repertoire of common tunes while also venturing into tunings beyond standard G and double C.

Old Time Two-Finger Banjo 3

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Matt Brown

You will learn how to craft two-finger banjo melody parts to fit into an old time string band or to play a duet with a fiddle.

Old Time Two-Finger Banjo 4

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Matt Brown

Back-Up Fingerstyle Banjo Workshop

WorkshopIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Saturday with Clarke Buehling

Learn pre-clawhammer chording with thumb and two fingers in this special “break-week” workshop with Clarke Buehling!

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