We will be closed in observation of Memorial Day on 5/28/18. 4544 N Lincoln Ave opens at 5:30 PM on 5/28 for The Mountain Goats concert

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

Tuesday or Thursday with Chris Walz or Matt Brown

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

21st Century Banjo Repertoire

Advanced

Tuesday with Matt Brown

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Learn to play some of your favorite contemporary songs on the banjo!

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Beginner

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 2

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Intermediate

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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.

Bluegrass Banjo 4 - Earl Scruggs

Advanced

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Book Release: The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with John McEuen

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $0 ($0 members)