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Clawhammer Banjo – From Scratch at the Augusta Heritage Center

July 31, 2017 @ 6:00 am - August 3, 2017 @ 7:15 pm

Clawhammer Banjo – From Scratch
Kevin Chesser

View the teachers and classes at https://augustaheritagecenter.org/. Registration is currently available by calling the Augusta office at (304) 637-1209 and will open online at https://www.dewv.edu/augusta/ by March 1. Mini-Workshop Tuition is $60.

Clawhammer Banjo – From Scratch: Kevin Chesser is a musician and writer living in Elkins, WV. He performs regularly on banjo & guitar at square dances and community events around the state. In 2016, he took first place in old-time banjo at the WV Open Fiddle & Banjo championship, and has also won prizes for his playing at the Vandalia Gathering & the WV State Folk Festival. In 2016, he recorded an EP with Jesse Milnes & Becky Hill. It is set for release in 2017.

Bio: Historically known as drop-thumb, or overhand, clawhammer style banjo is an integral part of the traditional music of southern Appalachia and beyond. Participants need not have ever picked up a banjo to take this class. The class will go over tuning, chords, and how to play a simple melody. Then participants will take apart, piece by piece, the down-picking pattern that gives clawhammer its distinctive sound. Participants should bring their own banjo, electronic tuner, and personal recording device.


July 31, 2017 @ 6:00 am
August 3, 2017 @ 7:15 pm
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Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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