Instructor: John Spangler

Level: Progressing Beginner

Ages: Teens and Adults

4 Week Mini-Session: Tuesdays, 10/20/20 – 11/17/20

*No class on 11/3

5:30pm – 6:25pm

Classes will be held online via Zoom.

Description: This class is a continuation of Banjo – Beginner I. Students will learn new tunes, a little harder than the first, and will learn some new, advancing, techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Students will continue developing their group playing skills through focusing on listening for chord changes, learning to “kick-off” a tune, and a couple simple ending licks to end. A few times throughout the semester, this class will join other beginner classes to hone group playing skills such as chopping and playing with accompaniment.

Prerequisite: Banjo – Beginner I or equivalent. Equivalent includes being able to play a few simple tunes such as Boil ’em Cabbage Down and Cripple Creek

What students will need:

  • Functional banjo (bridge and all 5 strings intact, tuners in working order)
  • Picks (1 thumb pick and two finger picks) 
  • Tuner
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Recording device optional

Next Level: Banjo – Intermediate I

If paying in full doesn’t work for your budget, you can pay in monthly installments. Pay for your first month below, and we’ll send an invoice for the remaining payments.


John Spangler

John took up the banjo at age 13, focusing on the hard-driving 3-finger style of masters such as Earl Scruggs and Sammy Shelor, as well as the melodic ideas of Bobby Thompson, Bill Keith and Tony Trischka. While traditional bluegrass has always been a passion, he also enjoys taking the banjo into genres where it is less well known. Over the years he has played with many bluegrass/americana bands most recently in Pennsylvania and Virginia, and previously in Europe where he performed in various countries and taught banjo at the ETM cole des Musiques Actuelles in Geneva Switzerland. He has been in opening acts for Tim O’Brien, Frank Wakefield, the Jerry Douglas Band, Bela Fleck, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops among others. Lately he has been onstage with the Staunton and Charlottesville bands Bourbon Barrel Congress, the Will Overman Band, and Gallatin Canyon.

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