Intermediate/Advanced Bluegrass Banjo with Catherine (BB) Bowness

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In this Intermediate/Advanced Bluegrass Banjo class, we’ll be covering the different facets of playing Scruggs style banjo in a jam or a band setting. We’ll look at different ways of playing back up and how to improvise solos on bluegrass song standards. Melodic style and single string techniques will be taught to expand vocabulary and develop technique. We will look at ways to practice efficiently and the importance of timing, tone and listening deeply when playing music with others. The class will have some handouts but feel free to bring a recording device to capture the non-tabbed topics.

Native New Zealander, Catherine (BB) Bowness started playing the banjo at the age of 12 after hearing a friend play the beverly hillbillies theme song. A few years later, BB received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival allowing her to travel to the USA, where she studied with banjo players Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Noam Pikelny. In 2009, she became the first banjo player accepted to the New Zealand School of Music, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Perfomance. BB was selected to attend the 2013 Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar, studying with world-class artists such as Julian Lage, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger. She won first place at the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo Contest and currently keeps busy recording, teaching and performing throughout New England.

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