• Intermediate/Advanced Bluegrass banjo with Avram Seigel
Some ultimate goals in to learning to play the banjo are being able to play with solid timing, to create your own breaks, and to improvise fluently. In this class you will add to and build on what you’ve already learned in order to do just that. We will see how melody, harmony, and rhythm work together and learn how to present ideas effectively.
Topics to be covered in this class will be, among other things:
- Working up your own solos and licks
- Playing rhythm and backup and learning more about fitting the banjo into a band setting
- Playing in unfamiliar keys
- Learning your way around the fingerboard
- Learning some specifics of right and left hand technique to improve your tone, timing and speed
- Learning to break away from arrangements picked up from tabs (often the big challenge for people wanting to move their playing to a new place)
Students must have familiarity with the basic open and closed chord shapes, and have proficiency changing between them. They should know some of the standard repertoire of bluegrass songs and Scruggs arrangements and licks on the banjo. Also, students should be comfortable with basic roll patterns associated with the style.
You will need a 5 string banjo, a set of fingerpicks, a thumbpick, and a capo. It is also advisable to bring a notebook and writing utensil.