Cathy Fink & Brad Kolodner are happy to present the One Day Old Time Banjo Festival. We have an awesome lineup of workshop instructors and performers. And of course, we want to create opportunities for the performers/instructors to make some income, but we offer everything on sliding scale in recognition of the reality that many people right now have no income. To inquire about the sliding scale, please contact info<at>cathymarcy.com. All workshops archived for future viewing by paid registrants.
Full Day -$75
$30/workshop – Preregistration Required*
Pay what you can concerts ($25 suggested donation)**
**Concerts will be streamed worldwide via YouTube https://tinyurl.com/ux6mu4p4
All events listed in Eastern Standard Time
All workshops will take place on zoom and will be archived for future viewing
SUNDAY, May 23, 2021
11am-12:30pm Rachel Eddy
BANJO TECHNIQUE, TIPS AND TRICKS – INTERMEDIATE +
This workshop will examine several approaches to improving your playing as a whole from how to execute your playing with good mechanics and economy of motion to developing a style that is your own. I will show how to use your thumb to make the banjo swing in different percussive ways and how to create and maintain groove. I’ll also demonstrate how giving weight to certain notes can contribute to nice phrasing. We’ll study common phrases on the banjo and learn how to vary them in different ways, adding diversity to the tunes you play. This is not a repertoire heavy workshop, but we will use a tune or two that offer helpful techniques and learn them well! Being able to bum-ditty is required, and having experience with drop thumbing is recommended.
1-2:30pm: IVY SHEPPARD
INTRODUCTION TO HILLTOPPER TWO-FINGER BANJO PICKING
Ivy Sheppard will explain and demonstrate the Creede Birchfield “gallop lick” and the more nuanced alternating thumb and index lead two-finger style of Bill Birchfield. Students will learn a classic Roan Mountain Hilltopper tune in both styles.
3-4:30pm: INSTRUCTOR ROUND TABLE
BRAD, CATHY, IVY AND RACHEL will swap tunes, techniques, tips, tricks, answer questions and demo their different approaches to playing. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and there could be 4-8 answers that are all right!
6-7pm – JAM WITH THE INSTRUCTORS –Full day pass folks only
8pm – STAFF CONCERT ON YOUTUBE