A workshop on learning to play clawhammer style banjo will be taught on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Teaching the workshop will be Wayne Erbsen, who says he can teach anyone to play clawhammer banjo.
Erbsen is the author of 30 music instruction books, a professor of Appalachian music at Warren Wilson College and host of “Country Roots,” a show on Asheville’s WCQS radio. The workshop is designed both for absolute novices who have never touched a banjo and also those who play bluegrass banjo and want to learn the clawhammer style.
Erbsen explains the difference between clawhammer and three-finger banjo picking.
“Clawhammer is a strumming style used in old-time music, and three-finger banjo is where you pick individual strings in playing bluegrass music. In three-finger picking Earl Scruggs was the king, and in clawhammer banjo, Grandpa Jones was one of the wellknown players.”
The clawhammer banjo workshop will be held at the Log Cabin Music Center, 111 Bell Road, Asheville, NC 28805. The cost of the workshop is $45 and includes hands-on instruction plus Wayne’s book and CD set, Clawhammer Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus. Rental banjos are available for a nominal fee.
For information or registration call (828) 299-7031, or visit the web site by Googling “log cabin music classes.”