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Banjo (clawhammer): Saturday Folk Music Workshops

9 weeks
118 GBP
9 weeks
118 GBP
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Banjo (clawhammer): Saturday Folk Music Workshops:

Study Banjo at Cecil Sharp House, at the heart of English folk.

Although the 5-string banjo is often associated with American music, it is now widely regarded as an instrument of West African origin. It is thought to have evolved from fretless lutes made with gourds that travelled to the Americas during the slave trade. During its heyday in the 19th century, the banjo was very popular internationally and huge numbers were made and played in the UK in classical banjo bands and even banjo orchestras. It is played in many different styles, which reflects its complex international history, but has been associated with folk music on both sides of the Atlantic for a long time. It is fun, accessible and a great instrument to start learning music on.

The class is for everyone over the age of 16. Young people aged 12 to 16 are welcome when accompanied by a paying responsible adult.

Banjo Level 1-2 (Absolute beginners / Beginners)
Autumn term: Level 1-2
Spring term: Level 2 only

Banjo Level 3-4 (Improvers / Intermediate)

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