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Stephen Arkin

Melrose, MA, USA

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Teaches Lessons: In Person

Styles: Bluegrass (Scruggs) , Clawhammer and Old-Time

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Since: 1962

Pricing: $65/hr

Listing Created: 11/15/2011
Listing Updated: 11/15/2011

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In 1964 Steve played banjo with Bill Monroe, who was quoted in James Rooney's book, Bossmen, naming him "The best backup banjo player I ever heard" An early exponent of melodic bluegrass banjo, Steve introduced his mentor Bill Keith to Bobby Thompson and his account of that meeting has been widely published. Steve has won many banjo contests and played in many bands, most recentrly with the highly-praised old-time band, Troublesome Creek. Steve has taught both bluegrass and old-time banjo for five decades--his students have included Marty Cutler, Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn and Tommy Makem. He was featured in a Feb. 2006 Banjo Newsletter cover story. Steve remains one of the few banjo players who is highly proficient in both bluegrass and old-time banjo styles.


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