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CANCELLED Old Time Banjo from Scratch with Terry Carstensen

31 March 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rock Point Center

Trad School is a new venture for Young Tradition Vermont.  This is first of what we intend will be a variety of 6-week sessions.  We hoping to build on this one and offer more classes on a variety of music and dance styles in the future.

Here’s a message with some details from instructor Terry Carstensen about the class that starts on 3/10/20:

I’ve been playing Old Time clawhammer banjo for the past twenty years.  While living in Roanoke, Virginia for seven years, I studied the culture of Old Time music, and learned over 200 tunes from some of the great Old Time players, including Rhoda Kemp, Mac Traynham and Earle White.  I also had the opportunity to perform on stage with the Original Orchard Grass in Salem, Roanoke and Mabry Mill in Virginia.

For six years I taught beginner and intermediate clawhammer banjo in the Junior Appalachian Musician program in Floyd, Virginia.  My students ranged from age seven to seventeen, and some have gone on to study music and play banjo in bands in college.  I have also given private lessons to adults in both Idaho (where I live in the summer) and Virginia.

Students in “Clawhammer Banjo from Scratch” need no previous banjo skills or experience!   Students will learn the traditional clawhammer technique, and will learn at least two songs.  They will have exposure to the culture of “Old Time” music, including understanding the importance of it in the traditional dances of flatfooting and clogging.

Here’s details for folks who are signed up:

Starts 3/10 at 7pm at Rock Point Center, 10 Rock Point Road, Burlington 05401 and continues for 6 weeks, through 4/14/20.  Will finish each day not later than 8:30pm. 

Assuming you can bring your own banjo.  If not, I need to know if you will need to borrow one.  You should also bring a recording device, as you wish.

Room at Rock Point Center is the Brown Room in Kerr Hall.  Suggest not getting there before 6:30pm….. Mark Sustic will be there that first day to help folks find the right spot.  

You would pay when you arrive at the first class.  Check to Young Tradition Vermont.

A Mail Chimp announcement refers to ‘old time fiddle’…..  it should say ‘old time banjo’ (not fiddle).  Sorry about any confusion.

Contact mark.sustic@gmail.com if you need more info/want to sign up for the class.