Handmade Music School Workshops offer unique learning experiences in music or dance with master teachers at the Floyd Country Store. The workshops are timely, engaging, and dynamic sessions targeted to serve participants with varied interests and goals. Register today for a shorter 1-2 hour workshop, an all-day learning experience, or a multi-day camp!

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The Handmade Music School presents an intermediate banjo workshop with Jared Boyd on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm. Cost is $30.

This workshop will focus on a few Round Peak/Galax area tunes, as well as some clawhammer techniques and licks you can add to your playing to give it more character/variety. We will go through tunes phrase by phrase at a moderate pace so as to get in as many tunes as possible. Attendees are expected to be able to learn by ear or by watching, as no tablature or written notation will be provided.

Jared grew up in the small community of Laurel Fork in Carroll County, VA and spent the first decade of his life surrounded by old-time music on both sides of his family. His first banjo teacher was Ray Chatfield of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. He also learned from his grandfather Jimmy Boyd, co-founder of the Franklin County old-time dance band, The Dry Hill Draggers. His playing has also been influenced by clawhammer players such as Kyle Creed, Adam Hurt and fiddler Eddie Bond. He has played in several old-time bands including the Slate Mountain Ramblers, the Crooked Road Ramblers, the Dry Hill Draggers, and the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters.


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