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Adirondack Folk School Beginning Bluegrass Banjo with Mac Petrequin

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Adirondack Folk SchoolSing, Stomp, Strum & Swing at the Adirondack Folk School Beginning Bluegrass Banjo course. This class will introduce you to the basics of playing bluegrass music style of banjo, which is also called 3-finger or Scruggs style, and is the popular sound heard in familiar tunes such as the Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song, "Rocky Top," and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Students are expected to bring a playable 5-string banjo, 2 metal finger picks, a plastic thumb pick, and eventually purchase the Mel Bay Publication "You can Teach yourself Banjo" from Melbay or Janet Davis Music websites.

Lessons to be covered will include the parts of the banjo, how to tune, how to read tablature, rhythm, basic rolls for right-hand, chord shapes and fretting techniques for the left hand, and playing tunes with the aid of tablature. The goal of the class would be for students to take enough knowledge and practice with them so as to continue with the book, and progress with their learning at their own pace. Note - Students need to bring a playable 5-string banjo.

Instructor Mac Petrequin has been playing Bluegrass Banjo for about 35 years. A full-time math teacher by day, Mac not only enjoys playing but teaching others as well. He has been giving private lessons for years in the area. Mac also plays Dobro guitar and upright bass.

The Adirondack Folk School is the only school of its kind in the country dedicated to teaching the arts, crafts and culture of this unique Adirondack region. Located in Lake Luzerne, we are situated in the southern Adirondack Park, a park of over six million acres of "forever wild" protected land. The beauty and natural abundance of this environment influenced the skilled artisans that created the pack basket, twig furniture, birch bark containers, the Adirondack chair, the guide boat and the Adirondack lean-to. These are the home furnishings, boats, and decor still found in cabins, lodges and homes today throughout the region which have helped create the unique "Adirondack Style". Today, our region hosts these and numerous other creative forms of expression.

The Adirondack Folk School teaches the joy of learning through hands-on experiences. We're a non-profit 501 (c)( 3) school made up of local artisans, crafts people and volunteers interested in promoting and teaching these skills in a non-competitive environment focused on the student.

Course CRN20189. Six 2-hour Tuesday sessions. April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22. More information visit: or call: (518) 696-2400

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