Video Chat Banjo Lessons. Sliding scale!! $13/30min-$25/30min. 1st lesson is free!
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Or in-person lessons in West Asheville near the Patton Avenue DMV.
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Austin Harris has taught music for 16 years, performed music for 20 years, and has a Masters in Music Composition from Ohio University.
Example of Austin’s music: https://youtu.be/5pl32Eg6c3g
Learn the theory behind music and the technique necessary to easily jam out with people on songs you’ve never even heard before. You can create your own music by improvising and playing by ear. You can also learn your favorite songs with tabs or by ear. I like to start with developing a passion for music and your instrument.
Most music out there sticks to a few simple patterns that can be easily learned. By picking up simple patterns like a movable scale and the 'CAGED' system, you can easily play great banjo licks while jamming out. You can spontaneously create a melody or solo that is tasteful and always lands on the sweet notes.
We also use the CAGED system to connect a few scales and then learn how the whole unit can be moved up or down the fretboard to play your favorite licks and ideas in every key and to truly “get out of the scale box“ to access the whole fretboard efficiently in each song.
— Bluegrass Banjo —
3 finger picking similar to finger-style guitar. Most standard arrangements for bluegrass banjo consist of 8 notes per measure which is unnecessarily challenging and impossible for some to learn or enjoy up to speed. We use rolls and arrangements of bluegrass songs that only have 5 or 6 notes per measure to make it achievable while maintaining the melody and the classic rolling banjo sound of Bluegrass.
— Clawhammer Banjo —
The Old Time ‘frailin’ banjo style of the 1800s that consists of a down-strum with the fingernail of your forefinger, while simultaneously letting your thumb plop onto the 5th string, then when you lift your hand up, your thumb will pick the fifth string.
— Other Instruments —
Austin also teaches: Songwriting, Piano, Bass, Violin, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Cello, Drums, Percussion, Harmonica, Composition, Theory and Music Notation, Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, and Dobro.
He also teaches theory and improvisation skills for all instruments, including winds.
You are welcome to split the cost by bringing a friend.