banjo lessons

Introductory Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Andy Buckman

The Handmade Music School presents an introductory Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Andy Buckman on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm. This workshop is appropriate for beginning and intermediate banjo players who wish to explore the distinctive “mountain” clawhammer banjo style of SW Virginia and NW North Carolina. Andy will emphasize rhythm, backbeat, and drone skills while teaching local dance tunes. Workshop participants can expect to gain a clear understanding of the basic mechanics of an exciting, highly danceable banjo sound that is fun to play! Cost is $30.

2019-06-08T14:42:23-04:00July 20th, 2019|

Round Peak Banjo Workshop with Adam Hurt

The Handmade Music School presents an Intermediate Round Peak Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Adam Hurt on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 5:30-8:00pm. Workshop participants should have a good working knowledge of the basics of the clawhammer style, including drop-thumbing, and be comfortable playing in multiple tunings. All material will be taught by ear in the traditional manner, so the use of recording devices is highly recommended.

2019-03-08T18:30:51-04:00April 25th, 2019|

Get-Together Weekend Afternoon Workshops

The Handmade Music School is offering a series of one-hour afternoon workshops as part of the Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the the Floyd EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia. Workshops include intermediate and advanced classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, dance, and singing. We are opening these workshops to the public. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per workshop.

2019-03-02T18:15:11-04:00March 15th, 2019|

Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together

The Handmade Music School, along with The Floyd Country Store, is excited to announce the Second Annual Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together at the beautiful EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia! This amazing four day camp will take place in early spring on March 14 – 17, 2019. Instructors include Alice Gerrard, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Jere Canote, Greg Canote, Kilby Spencer, Emily Spencer, Becky Hill Mac Traynham, and Andy Buckman.

2019-03-12T13:06:16-04:00March 14th, 2019|

Banjo and Fiddle Duets with Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves

The Handmade Music School presents a Banjo and Fiddle Duets Workshop with Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm. Cost is $30. In this workshop we will explore the different ways that the banjo and fiddle work together. We will listen and analyze different recordings of our favorite banjo-fiddle duos and discuss the history of instruments as a pair. We will spend time separated by instrument, and then some time working all together.

2018-12-17T09:19:41-04:00January 26th, 2019|

Music of Our Mountains One Day Workshop

The Handmade Music School and Southern Mountain Melodies are offering a Music of Our Mountains Workshop with Mac Traynham, Jenny Traynham, and Andy Buckman on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. This is an all day group lesson for intermediate fiddle, intermediate clawhammer banjo, and intermediate back-up guitar. Students will learn some "local" tunes in a danceable style that is what the Sunday Jam and Friday Night Jamboree are all about.

2018-09-06T14:33:26-04:00November 10th, 2018|

Intermediate Banjo Workshop with Jared Boyd

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.

2018-07-31T10:57:56-04:00September 29th, 2018|

Old-Time Fiddle, Banjo & Guitar One Day Workshop

The Floyd Country Store's Handmade Music School and Southern Mountain Melodies are offering a one day workshop for fiddle, banjo, and guitar featuring old-time dance music of the Blue Ridge, led by Andy Buckman, Mac Traynham, and Jenny Traynham. The class takes place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at The Floyd Country Store.

2018-01-26T09:55:26-04:00May 5th, 2018|

Get-Together Weekend Afternoon Workshops

The Handmade Music School is offering a series of one-hour afternoon workshops as part of the Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the the Floyd EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia. Workshops include intermediate and advanced classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, dance, and singing. We are opening these workshops to the public. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per workshop.

2018-03-02T15:17:02-04:00March 16th, 2018|