5-string Banjo – clawhammer / frailing style
Aimed at those who have little or no experience of the banjo but have roughly a year’s experience playing another fretted stringed instrument e.g. guitar, mandolin, ukulele, tenor banjo.
Please note, this short course will look specifically at clawhammer or frailing 5-string banjo, as opposed to tenor banjo (4 string) or bluegrass/Scruggs style/three finger playing.
We will spend the four weeks learning the basic rhythm hand technique, exploring the banjo and old time style playing and working on a few simple tunes. Ideally you should have a 5-string, open back banjo. You may also like to bring along some metal or plastic banjo finger picks to experiment with (different from guitar plectrums). Please get in touch with the tutor with any questions about the course or what instrument you should bring along.
Suggested suitable instruments to suit various budgets:
Epiphone MB-100 Banjo
Gold Tone AC-1 Composite Open Back Banjo
Deering Goodtime Goodtime USA Built 5-String Banjo
Times: Wednesday at 7-9pm James Gillespie’s High School
Tutor: Michael Starkey