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Derby Workshop 2011

Posted by Chris Cooper on Sunday, May 22, 2011

Last Saturday saw me talking about banjo and showing what I find to be the key aspects of my playing at the Derby Banjo Workshop. I had a great time and I hope what I had to say gave an insight into what I find to be important and gave food for thought for everyone in attendance. I would like to give huge thanks to everyone who attended. Also it has to be said that the work that Steve Jenson and Jane Crosby put in to make the workshop happen is remarkable! it is a great facility and a valuable asset to British bluegrass and banjo playing in general. It was great to pick with all of you guys I hope to get the opportunity to pick with y'all again!!!

10 comments on “Derby Workshop 2011”

joemac Says:
Sunday, May 22, 2011 @11:42:48 PM

It was our pleasure and honour to have you there Chris. You are without a doubt one of the shining stars in the future of british bluegrass and banjo work. We hope you will join us again soon but for now , from us all at Derby, many , many thanks........Joe

grambo65 Says:
Monday, May 23, 2011 @12:06:52 AM

Chris. I was fortunate enough to have been one of the attendees at the workshop. A big thanks to you for coming into the fold and giving us an insight into your playing style. There is such a contrast in your and Joes playing styles that I found the workshop an inspiration. It was a pleasure to sit with such experienced players as yourself and Joe and see how comfortable you both are with what is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult instruments to master. I would relish the opportunity to spend more time with you to discover more aspects of your playing. Keep up the good work. Regards Graeme

buckbybanjoboy Says:
Monday, May 23, 2011 @2:01:18 AM

Hi Chris, thanks for a really enjoyable time. Peter V.

AnsacsteveOLD Says:
Monday, May 23, 2011 @4:34:23 AM

Yep Chris I am sure that everyone got something from it. Look fwd to seeing again.

Jane C Says:
Monday, May 23, 2011 @5:11:20 AM

Chris, it was a great day and wonderful to have you there. The workshops have grown up from a group of three or four mates and Joe, being generous enough to offer to teach, since then it's grown into what it was on Saturday, and keeps on evolving and getting better each time as lessons are learned with regard to what works and what doesn't.
It's always a team effort, none of it would happen otherwise and you were the key member on this occasion.
Usually I go home from these workshops unable to remember a blind thing until a few days later, but I can remember quite a lot this time, so there you go, you've cured my amnesia for a start.
I still can't get over the fact that inspite of being a mere strip of a lad of 24, you have the talent and ability of a far more advanced player, maturity in your attitude with people and such confidence in the face of an audience. Gifts we would wish on all our kids.

john leary Says:
Monday, May 23, 2011 @6:22:52 AM

Great day Chris, I've been working on the Ron Block method you showed us over the last couple of days and I think I'm going to need a few months work before it will fit in properly. But as you said, practice for many hours is the only way forward. Thanks again John.

alfiedog Says:
Monday, May 23, 2011 @6:28:07 AM

Yep it was a great Day, and thanks Chris you did a great Job Mate. Also thanks to Joe, Jane, and Steve. It was great.

Chris Cooper Says:
Monday, May 23, 2011 @8:36:08 AM

Thanks to all for your comments they are gratefully recieved!

I would like to add that if anyone should wish to follow up on the workshop, I have numerous spaces in my schedule where I am able to spend time with you on a one on one basis (or indeed in small groups).

Beckyboy Says:
Monday, May 23, 2011 @10:38:02 AM

U da Man!!!!

Great stuff Chris really enjoyed it

jim109b Says:
Monday, May 23, 2011 @11:59:48 AM

Cheers Chris, great time and enjoyed every minute!

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