Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

  • Acoustic
  • Americana
  • Folk
  • Instrumental
  • Old Time
  • Roots
  • School of Music class

This six-week class is for players who are comfortable with the techniques of clawhammer banjo. Each class we will learn a new tune and focus on a broader concept within each tune. The focus is to build repertoire, narrow in on any technique issues and work on timing and rhythm.   

This is class meets from 8:00-9:15pm on Mondays: Mar. 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17.

Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. 

Steve Arkin

Steve Arkin grew up in New York’s legendary Washington Square music scene, playing both old-time and bluegrass music in early bands with Jody Stecher, David Grisman, Maria Muldaur and other outstanding musicians. For several months In 1964, Steve played banjo with Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys (in James Rooney’s book, “Bossmen,” Monroe is quoted as saying, “Steve could play the best backup banjo I ever heard!”).  Since then, Steve has won numerous banjo contests and played in many bands, including nationally-known Northern Lights and the Virginia-based old-time band, Troublesome Creek, whose CD, “Fast as Time Can Take Me” on County Records received widespread critical acclaim. He plays clawhammer and his own brand of 3-finger style with equal facility, and he has taught both bluegrass and old-time banjo at a variety of music camps and festivals. Steve currently plays with New Cut Road, the featured band at the 2017 Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival.

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