Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Hello aspiring banjo players.

Have you been looking to learn how to play the banjo, but didn’t know where to begin? I will be offering a beginner’s clawhammer banjo class starting Saturday, 9 June 2012, in Staunton, VA. We will meet every Saturday at 3:00 pm for one hour in The Banjo Sanctuary, my private banjo studio (aka my home). Classes are $35 each. I teach independently, but I’m also a clawhammer teacher of record for Fretwell Music in Staunton. 

If you are interested, but don’t know if this class is right for you, contact me to schedule a free 15-minute teaching consultation so you can get a sense of what it takes to get up and running in clawhammer.

Are you interested or ready to sign up? Email me at brooklynbanjoboy@yahoo.com or calling 540-717-2985. 

A little about meI look to teach the rhythmic core, the physical motor skills for the right hand and some of the fundamental left hand ornamentations – and to teach the student how to learn tunes on their own. 

My primary influences are West Virginian players from Pocahontas County.  I learned from Dwight Diller, from Bates Littlehales, and some other old timers who come out of that tradition.

I can generally get a student up and running between 4 and 6 lessons.  However, I have had students grasp the core skills in as few as 2 or 3 lesson and I’ve also have had students linger beyond that for maybe 6 or 7 lessons but most of those students were interested in getting some specific tunes down before they “graduated.”  So, ultimately, the decision is up to you. I look forward to working with you!

Here is some basic background on my teaching approach:



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