Two-Finger Banjo

An alternative to Clawhammer, Two-Finger is halfway between Old Time and Bluegrass.

Two-finger banjo is used in old time music. It is a syncopated, fingerpicking alternative to clawhammer, but like clawhammer it makes extensive use of alternate tunings. It can be heard in the playing of Wade Mainer and Roscoe Holcomb, both of whom used this technique to accompany their singing.

How is two-finger played?
It is played by plucking down with the thumb and up with the index finger, usually in succession, or sometimes pinching two strings simultaneously.

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!

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Matt Brown

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

We will start off in G tuning (gDGBD) with simple melodies in the two-finger "thumb lead" style.

Two-Finger Banjo 2

Intermediate

Monday with Matt Brown

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

We will go to D tuning (aDADE) and learn common tunes like “Soldier's Joy” and popular songs like “I'll Fly Away.”

Two-Finger Banjo 3

Advanced

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

Two-Finger Banjo 4

Advanced

Wednesday with Matt Brown

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

In this culminating class, students collaborate to create their own two-finger banjo arrangements of fiddle tunes and songs.

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 09/03/2018 – 10/28/2018

Monday 07/16/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/30/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 08/01/18: Open registration


Teachers

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