Banjo Beginner Class - November 5th
November 5th 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - $75
Please bring: banjo, picks, pencil, and notepad. Suggested: electronic tuner
The 5-string banjo:
Brief history and short bio/personal experience and enjoyment
Getting acclimated/shop talk
Learning to play the 5-string with no prior experience:
Posture/ hand positioning
Easy rolls and melodies
Playing melody lines:
Finding the melody
Harmonizing with the melody
Rolling around the melody
Playing with a Metronome
Roll types and where to place them
Getting the correct tone:
Warm tones/sharp tones
Vibrato vs damping
Intro to banjo chords:
Simple chord structures
Easy to reach chords
Short Jam Session
Fitting into a jam and learning to listen for chord changes:
How to vamp
Emphasis and drive:
Make it talk
Make it sing
Pic in “G” and pic in “C”
Tactfulness, etiquette, “working the mike”:
Learning when to play and when not to play
Learning how to bark and how to muffle
Picking banjo is such enjoyment no matter your expertise.
Final Jam Session
Billy Cockman won the 2013-2014, National Banjo Championship in Winfield, KS. In addition, he won the 2009 North Carolina State banjo championship and the 2010 South Carolina State banjo championship. Billy sings lead and tenor and plays the banjo and guitar for the Cockman Family Band, and also writes for the family. Billy also teaches guitar and banjo out of his home. He and his wife Jamie have two children, Jeremiah and Emma.
How to define your student level?
Unlike a novice, who has never touched an instrument before, a beginner has just begun and has very basic knowledge of an instrument.
Here is the definition of a beginner level: (Age does not matter)
Ability to strum a few chords but may not really know what to do with them.
No music theory or music reading skills required whatsoever!
Should know basic open chords, 3-6 chords at least: G, C, D, A, E and maybe F.
Should be able to strum and change chords slowly and steadily.
Should know 2 to 12 simple songs, playing them by using single notes.
A knowledge of reading tablature is great, but not necessary.
Should be able to tune their instrument with a tuner, put on the picks if used, know which string is which (first, second, etc) and the names of the strings.