This more challenging class is designed for clawhammer banjo players who have taken Leela's Banjo I and II classes or for slightly more advanced players with existing skills who want to take their old time banjo playing to the next level. For this class, you should know how to tune your banjo, change tunings, and use a capo, be comfortable with the frailing/clawhammer strum at a moderate to fast tempo, be familiar with slides, pull-offs, and hammer-ons and some drop thumbing, and know at least several tunes and chords in the G tuning (as well as a few alternate tunings).
The focus will be on expanding your repertoire and moving your playing to the next level. A selection of old time tunes in the G tuning will be taught, as well as the Modal and Double C tunings. Depending on the interests of the class, we may discuss jam etiquette and the place of the banjo in old time music, how to learn tunes from the fiddler, and/or focus on other topics. Of course, we might have to spend a little time learning a few banjo jokes, so you can be prepared to go out into the world with your banjo (Q: What’s the difference between a banjo player and a large pizza? A: A large pizza can feed a family of four.).
It is suggested that your banjo have a 5th string “spikes” in the 7th and 9th frets (or a 5th string capo) installed, and that you bring a banjo strap, electronic tuner, and banjo capo.
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