Banjo Education and Entertainment where we bring camp to you!
with Instructors Bob Carlin and Dan Levenson and special guest
instructor Cathy Fink
• Friday October 12, 7-9 pm -- Meet & Greet, get evaluated
for experience level
• Saturday October 13, 10:30 am-4 pm -- Workshops
• Sunday October 14, 1:30-6:00 pm -- Workshops
• Monday October 15, 7:30 pm -- Old-Time Banjo Concert
with Bob, Dan & Cathy at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church
in Rockville, MD
below for a more detailed schedule)
All levels of banjo players are welcome -- workshop sessions
will be offered at different levels. Focus is on old time/clawhammer
You can take the whole weekend or just a session or two. Registration
for the full weekend is $195.00 for 3 classes plus a bonus "Banjo
Brain Trust" roundtable discussion. A la carte class registration
is available for $50 per class.
Private lessons may also be available with the instructors.
Bob Carlin is probably the best-known clawhammer
banjoist performing today. For over thirty years he has performed,
lectured, and taught the distinctive southern banjo style to
appreciative audiences all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Bob is a three-time winner of the Frets Magazine readers' poll,
and has to his credit four Rounder albums and several instruction
manuals and videos for the banjo.
Dan Levenson is considered one of the finest
teachers today of the Clawhammer banjo style. He is the author
of the revolutionary new clawhammer instruction manual Clawhammer
Banjo From Scratch - a Mel Bay publication. He is known worldwide
as the banjo player from his time with The Boiled Buzzards and
now plays fiddle in The Hippie-billies.
Cathy Fink has played the banjo since 1974.
She has absorbed many styles of playing from banjo masters and
recordings and developed a clawhammer style that has drive,
percussion, melody, and chordal components. In 1980 she became
the first woman to win the West Virginia State Old Time Banjo
contest, an honor she earned 3 times. She has taught at music
camps such as Augusta, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and Swannanoa.
Her CD, Banjo Haiku has been an underground hit of clawhammer
Detailed schedule and workshop topics (subject to change)
Friday October 12, 7-9 pm: Meet &
Greet at Middle East Cuisine restaurant, 7006 Carroll Ave, Takoma
Meet the instructors, get evaluated for experience level, and
jam. Those who are registered may check in. Free and open to
the public, but space is limited so advance registration is
Saturday Oct 13: Silver Spring Unitarian Universalist
9:30-10:30 am -- Check in, registration 10:30 am-12:30
pm -- Round One Workshops ($50 ea or $195 all)
(Beginners) From Clawless or Clueless: Double and Drop w/Dan
Levenson -- Start from scratch to learn double thumb and drop
thumb first and never have to relearn your right hand again.
Good for all levels if you need to learn double and drop thumb.
Will cover all basics to get you started.
(Intermediate) Ear Training for Banjo Players w/Cathy Fink --
Skills to encourage tuning by ear, hearing a song or tune and
finding the notes and chords. (Advanced) Alternate Tunings for
Banjo w/Bob Carlin -- Alternative tunings allow the banjoist
to play melodies more easily and to evoke different moods. Bob
will hand out his list of twenty-five of these tunings, and
teach tunes in a number of them as well.
12:30-2:00 pm -- Lunch (on your own), jamming,
2:00-4:00 pm -- Round Two Workshops ($50 ea
or $195 all)
(Beginners) Right Hands Right, Left Hands Right w/Bob Carlin
-- Bob will share some of his opinions and techniques for good
right- and left-hand technique.
(Intermediate) Find the Tune and Interpret the Tab w/Dan Levenson
-- Playing and learning from Tab and other written sources.
Most of us use tab sooner or later. Here is a way to understand
how to use it properly and not get stuck on it later.
(Advanced) Singing With the Banjo w/Cathy Fink -- Learn how
to create clawhammer variations once you've learned the basics
of a tune. 4:00-6:00 pm -- Jamming, private lessons
Sunday Oct 14: Silver Spring Unitarian
1:30-2:00 pm -- Check in, registration
2:00-4:00 pm -- Round Three Workshops ($50
ea or $195 all)
(Beginners) Right Hand Drills w/Cathy Fink -- Learn Cathy's
right hand drills to help develop solid clawhammer banjo playing.
(Intermediate) There Are Other Places in NC Than Mt Airy w/Bob
Carlin -- Tunes and versions of tunes unique to the Piedmont
and Western Mountains of North Carolina will be discussed and
(Advanced) De-Velopment of Style: Beyond Tab or Post Tab Depression
w/Dan Levenson -- Develop your own style as you learn to find
a tune without written sources and make it your own. Learn to
leave tab behind, find a tune by ear and play without a net!
4:30-6:00 pm -- Banjo Brain Trust Roundtable
Monday Oct 15: Saint Mark Presbyterian
Church, Rockville, MD
Concert with Bob, Dan and Cathy, $16 Advance/$20 door