Banjo Instruction

Young Banjo Players Wanted!

Teaching at Grass Seeds AcademyI’m honored to once again be teaching banjo at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s Grass Seeds Music Academy, a three day mini-bluegrass jam camp designed for ages 8-18 that runs in conjunction with MBOTMA’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend, March 3-5 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.

Grass Seeds is designed for all playing levels, no bluegrass experience is required, just an instrument and a willingness to learn! Over the course of one weekend, we cover valuable skills not only on individual instruments, but in lead and harmony vocal singing, arranging songs, jamming and performing. We have the kids form a band on Friday & they perform live on-stage on Sunday!

Grass Seeds Banjo StudentsEvery year, the banjos are far outnumbered by fiddles and guitars, but I would like to change that! If you know an aspiring banjo picker that would like to:

  • Learn to jam & play music with others while making lasting friendships
  • Receive individual & group instrument instruction
  • Attend breakout sessions on singing lead & harmony vocals, playing backup & more!

Please send them this link to learn more and register for this year’s camp:

Also, feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have!

Banjo Instruction

Teaching Young Banjo Players & Bluegrass Pickers!

One of the talented young bands of Grass Seeds tearin' it up!
One of the talented young bands of Grass Seeds tearin’ it up on-stage!

Last month, it was once again my honor to teach the young banjo players and bluegrass pickers at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s Grass Seeds Academy music camp with my bandmates in The High 48s!

Grass Seeds runs concurrent with the annual Minnesota Winter Bluegrass Weekend  festival and  is 2 1/2 day bluegrass band workshop for kids ages 8-18 who play guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, Dobro, ukulele  etc..

The Grass Seeds Experience

Teaching At Grass Seeds
Me working with some of our  younger musicians

The kids arrive on Friday evening and we start by putting them into groups and helping them pick out a couple of tunes that they will ultimately perform as a band in front of a live audience on Sunday afternoon on the festival’s main auditorium stage.

Over the course of the weekend we work with the kids on learning their  individual instruments, singing lead vocals and harmonies, arranging songs, using a microphone, stage presence and banter (plenty of banjo jokes of course) and other tips and tricks that will help them at their performance on Sunday afternoon.

Young Student Telling Banjo Joke
This young banjo player is not only a great picker but told some amazing banjo jokes on-stage!

Once again this year, every one of the groups blew me away at the Sunday afternoon recital! It is always amazing to me how much these young pickers accomplish in such a short period of time.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The future of Minnesota Bluegrass looks awfully bright!



PS. If there is a young picker in your life that you think might be interested in Grass Seeds, feel free to contact me with any questions you have.

I also love to teach children of all ages to play the banjo, so if you know of any that are interested in learning to play the banjo, please visit my lessons page for more details.