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Upcoming FREE Banjo Workshop--Pickin' On The Huzzah near Steelville, MO

Posted by lraborn on Sunday, August 21, 2016

Upcoming Banjo Workshop!

at Pickin’ on the Huzzah!!

Huzzah Valley Resort--Steelville, Missouri

Saturday September 10, 2016


With Mark Raborn & Chris Talley


Come join us September 9&10,2016 for this years "Pickin on" festival series at Huzzah River Valley Resort. We will be featuring a line up of over 20 local and regional bands over 2 days playing variety of Bluegrass, Outlaw Country, and Americana music. Offering camping, musical instrument WORKSHOPS, food and craft vendors, as well as lots of jamming.


Also, join us for a FREE (and amazing!) 5-string banjo workshop (free with your paid admission to festival) that will both improve your playing and enhance your in-depth understanding of your instrument!

There will be two 3-hour workshops: 11:00-2:00 and 3:00-6:00. Come to either one, or both! P.S. If you have never played banjo, but would like to attend the workshop—let us know if you need a banjo. We’ll have a couple of loaners you can use for the event! Also, if there’s some interest, we may also add a fiddle workshop on Sunday…


This comprehensive banjo workshop is ideally suited for beginner and intermediate skill-levels and will cover MANY aspects of playing banjo. We will address the individually-specific nuances of playing banjo that will help YOU improve your playing! From hand-positioning, to rolls, chords, music theory and how to make it all work, we’ll offer up fresh concepts and approaches to help you master your instrument! We’ll help you advance your playing, no matter what level you’re at and no matter what learning challenges you’ve experienced. Even if you’ve never taken a lesson, or seen a banjo up close—this class is for you! We give each participant individual attention to work on things specific to your needs! If you’re a more advanced player and would like to address issues that interest you, we will be available Saturday and Sunday for private lessons. Please contact Chris Talley at The Bluegrass Shack to schedule lessons: 618-475-3678 (1:00-9:00PM CST). Also, need a banjo, fiddle, guitar or mandolin lessons?? Contact Chris and she will show you the way!


Some of the topics we will cover:

Banjo playing basics--Getting the most results with the least effort

Basic music theory as it applies to playing banjo.

How to begin playing in jam sessions when you don’t know the music.

Playing Technique: Does it seem like you practice and practice and see little improvement? Sometimes, a subtle technique adjustment will make all the difference.

Fret-board geography: Includes Licks and lines, chords, scales and how to use them in your playing.

Three primary styles of 3-finger playing- Scruggs, Melodic and Single-String.

Back-up technique--so you can begin playing with others by the time you leave.

Basic instrument set-up—Chris is a master at banjo set-up and will help you get the most from your instrument.

Each participant will receive handouts of tablature and relevant work materials, as well as audio files with tunes we work on, both slow and medium tempo. It’s like 3-6 months of lessons in one day! If you’re a banjo enthusiast, this is an amazing opportunity—not to be missed!

Contact Mark with questions at


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