Level: Beginner

Age: Teens & Adults

Fall Session II (10 weeks):

Tuesdays, 10/6/2020 - 12/22/20

*No class 11/3 or 11/25

4PM - 4:55PM

Description: This introductory clawhammer banjo class is perfect for first time banjo players! And what better way to encourage social distancing than taking up the banjo (first banjo joke is always free)?! Students will be taught foundational skills in technique, learn their first tunes, and get an introduction into traditional music by learning to play in a fun, and positive environment. But don't stop there, clawhammer can also be a springboard for creating your own banjo style. Caution: this class could create a temporary obsession with the banjo that family and friends may not understand or tolerate (SEE previous banjo joke). 

Prerequisite: None! This class will be starting students from scratch. Students with a little prior experience but with only a tune or two under their belt may join this class as well.

What Students will Leave this class having learned:

  • Tunes/Songs: Boil 'em Cabbage Down, Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark (other similar tunes may also be used)
  • Group Playing skills: playing with accompaniment, vamping
  • Other: Reading TAB

What students will need:

  • Functional banjo (bridge and all 5 strings intact, tuners in working order)
  • Tuner
  • Capo
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Recording device optional

Trent Wagler

Instrument(s): Guitar, banjo, songwriting

 Style(s)/Genres: Folk, Singer-songwriter, Old-time, Bluegrass, Rock

 Trent Wagler is a professional touring musician with the Americana band, The Steel Wheels. Since 2010 the band has released 6 studio albums and toured internationally and across the US building a community of fans and friends wherever they go. Trent sings, plays guitar, banjo, and writes songs that have earned The Steel Wheels numerous Independent Music awards (IMAs) and top 40 radio play on the Folk/Americana charts. Trent’s songs have been featured on American Songwriter, Billboard, Paste, and NPR music. In 2013, The Steel Wheels helped found the Red Wing Roots Music Festival in Mt. Solon, VA to cultivate and celebrate great music culture in the Shenandoah Valley. 

 Musical dream (or any personal fun fact): It's just to connect. Music is about connection, and it's a language that needs little explanation, because it does the work for us. I think if I can live my life connecting through songs and helping others do the same, I'll have achieved my musical dream.

photo credit: Harvey Robinson (black and white)

photo credit: Lara Ressler Horst (pink backdrop)

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