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Article on my apprenticeship: The “Pete Seeger” style of banjo playing

From jbakervt on 10/29/2023 12:23:57 PM

From Vermont Folklife:

The 2022-2023 ‘cohort’ of the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program included 12 collaborations between mentor artists and apprentices who worked together to keep traditional cultural expressions vital and relevant to the communities that practice them.

This month we share interview excerpts, audio, and photos from a recent site visit that VT Folklife staffer Mary Wesley had with mentor artist Rik Palieri (Hinesburg, VT) and his apprentice, Jason Baker (Burlington, VT).

Rik and Jason spent their apprenticeship year together with banjos on their knees exploring what Rik describes as the “Hudson River School of music,” emanating from the luminary music of Pete Seeger. Countless people have learned the instrument through Pete Seeger’s iconic instructional booklet “How to Play the 5-String Banjo,” but Rik had a longtime personal connection with Pete as a friend and a mentor. He drew on this experience when working with Jason. Incorporating personal experience and stories into the context of teaching an artform is a hallmark of an apprenticeship.


TonyNyc says:
10/29/2023 5:10:15 PM

Thanks so much for this!

Lew H says:
10/30/2023 5:02:56 AM

Dandy essay and a wonderful experience for Rik!

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