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October 2, 2014

Chris and David teaching workshops at Goleta

The 43rd Annual Fiddlers’ Festival (this year also the 10th Annual GVAA Art Festival) is Sunday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chris and David are teaching banjo and fiddle workshops (respectively) at 11 a.m. The festival is always a great time with lots of jamming, performances and of course the annual instrumental and singing contest.

Come by a workshop or jam and wish Chris a happy birthday!

More info on the festival here.

June 20, 2013

Banjo lesson: Oh Molly Dear

Filed under: Main,Music/Video — Tags: , , , , — Chris @ 9:30 pm

Here’s the banjo tune Chris taught at the LA Old-Time Social — finally posted a lesson on YouTube on it! Hope everyone enjoys.

 

June 21, 2011

Fiddle tunes from Jim Bowles

David taught these two fiddle tunes from Kentuckian Jim Bowles at the Los Angeles Old-Time Social last month. He plays the tunes up to speed and then gives ‘em to you slow with the bowing and a bunch of cool playing tips.

Christmas Eve — ADAE tuning — key of D

Kate’s Got a Wooden Leg — GDAE tuning — key of G


Find out about lessons from David on our contact page.

Read more about Bowles here.

Banjo lesson: Dock Boggs’ Danville Girl

Here’s a banjo lesson — a full 20 minutes, thanks YouTube — on Dock Boggs’ banjo song Danville Girl. I taught this at the Los Angeles Old-Time Social last month, which was a bunch of fun. Hope you enjoy!

November 12, 2010

A banjo lesson – Marching Jaybird

Here’s (finally) the video version of the banjo lesson I promised at the Goleta Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention. The tune is Marching Jaybird; you can buy the original (and I highly recommend this album — Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians) here. Hope you enjoy the lesson, and if you don’t play banjo, if you watch a minute or so you’ll get to hear the tune.

September 14, 2010

A banjo lesson – Groundhog

Filed under: Main,Music/Video — Tags: , , , , — Chris @ 1:03 am

We had a great time at the CTMS Equinox Festival on Sunday — we even had quite an audience for our early morning (for us) 10:20 a.m. show. David and I both taught workshops (me on banjo, David on fiddle), and I promised to post a video of the tune I taught so that folks could refer back to it.

So if you were there, here you go, and if you weren’t, I hope you get something out of this, too — it’s a quick demonstration of thumb-lead two-finger old-time banjo picking, using Doc Watson’s version of “Groundhog.” Enjoy, and leave a comment here or on YouTube if you have any questions and I’ll be glad to answer them.

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