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John Boulding

Submitted by wbgair on 3/20/2013

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I just spent a week in Mt. Airy, NC, taking daily lessons from John Boulding (2 hours each lesson). Then back to the hotel to practice. (I recorded it all.) This was a rather incredible experience! John is not only a fine and diversified banjo player, he is a musician's musician and a teacher of the first order. This experience was better than attending a top flight workshop (and I have attended many). John's presentation of concepts, techniques and approaches was exceptional. He plays complete banjo from Scruggs to Reno to JD to Stanley to wherever you want to go. He plays Clapton, The Beatles, you name it. We spent time on neck layout, backup patterns, pentatonic concepts, triplets, on and on. To top it off on Saturday I attended a "session" where he played a dobro overlay followed by a banjo overlay and then we went to his gig with two long sets. John is very personable, professional and estute. Emersion like this is something every picker should do.

Overall Rating: 10

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