Old Time Banjo – Beginner Series

  • Old Time Banjo - Beginner Series, Day 1 of 3
    September 3, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Old Time Banjo - Beginner Series, Day 2 of 3
    September 10, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Old Time Banjo - Beginner Series, Day 3 of 3
    September 17, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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This is a three-session class

Want to learn to start playing banjo? This class is for you! Instructor, and local musician, Kyle Ollah is teaching a class for folks with not much (or any!) experience playing banjo.

Photo of Kyle Ollah

You don’t have to worry about theory or reading music – you’ll learn how to pick, learn a few chords and you’ll be making music in no time.

Intro to Banjo at the Duluth Folk School

What is Old-Time banjo?
The fiddle and banjo are the salt and pepper for Old-Time music from Appalachia. Almost no style of banjo playing supports the fiddle in this music more than the Clawhammer banjo style – which is why it has earned for itself the name “Old-Time Banjo”. This style is a very percussive, elusive, nuanced way to play the banjo, it’s techniques rooted from an ancient African instrument called the Akonting. If you’ve played three-finger/Scruggs style before, invert everything you know about your right hand. If you don’t know what any of this means, you’re gonna be in great shape.

Note: this is not three-finger banjo, which is a technique a lot of popular performers use.

Registration Includes

Progressive and easy-to-follow instruction in a welcoming group setting.

Skill Level

This class is intended for anyone, even if you have no prior experience with a banjo.

Best for Ages…

13 and up

You should bring…

You should bring a banjo, note paper and something to write with.

Feedback about Kyle’s teaching…

“Kyle’s relaxed teaching style makes it fun AND I learned lots about the banjo and music theory”

“Excellent communication and presentation skills, kept things moving and interesting.”

“Kyle was able to pay attention to all students and provide helpful feedback, encouragement and enthusiasm.”



1917 W Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


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Duluth Folk School
1917 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN  55806

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