Banjo class at the Duluth Folk School
October 22, 2019

Intro to Clawhammer Banjo

  • December 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Early Bird Registration (register early and save!) $25.00 (USD)  
Registration $35.00 (USD)   Early bird registration ends:
November 17, 2019

If you’re finally ready to learn clawhammer technique, this class is for you! Instructor, and local musician, Kyle Ollah is teaching a class for folks who already have some experience playing banjo, and who want to bring their playing to the next level.

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’ll be just fine.

Registration Includes

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

You should bring…

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

Skill Level

This class is intended for folks who have some experience playing the banjo.

Best for Ages…

13 and up

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.”

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1917 W Superior St, Duluth Folk School Library, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


Note: The Library is up one flight of stairs, and is not handicapped accessible.


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Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888


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