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Bluegrass Banjo Classes

Get your fingerpicks out.

Bluegrass uses some of the same old time tunes that clawhammer relies on, and adds gospel tunes, country and more. In bluegrass style, these tunes become fast and spirited. We now offer five levels of Bluegrass Banjo: 1, 1 Repertoire, 2, 2 Repertoire and 3. You can start Bluegrass Banjo 1 anytime during the year, take the repertoire classes more than once and pick up right where you left off. Talk to your teacher about joining the Bluegrass Ensemble to play with fiddlers, mandolin players, guitarists and bassists.

How is Bluegrass Banjo Played?
Bluegrass Banjo asks that you wear fingerpicks on your thumb and first two fingers. You play rhythm and melody by rolling your fingers in a pattern (e.g. thumb-index-middle finger).

Introduction to the Banjo

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Beginner

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Wednesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Now you've got some chords, right hand rolls, and tunes under your fingers, Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire will teach tunes that will strengthen your bluegrass skills.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Bluegrass Banjo 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Laird Patten

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Banjo 2

Intermediate

Monday with Joshua Guy

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Banjo 3

Intermediate

Monday with Joshua Guy

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Beginner

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 4: Earl Scruggs New Treasures

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Custom Lesson with Greg Cahill

WorkshopOpen to All

Monday with Greg Cahill

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $95 ($93 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus