Advanced Clawhammer Banjo with Kelley Breiding

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This class for advanced banjo players will explore different clawhammer techniques focusing primarily on the signature sounds of the Roundpeak banjo style, which originated in Surry County, NC. Have fun as we progress through lots of tunes and techniques that will help you long after class, including right-hand control, playing what you hear, jamming etiquette, left-hand sliding techniques, and playing tunes specifically meant for banjo.

A native of NC, Kelley Breiding is known by many as “the girl with the big voice” having led her own traditional country band, Kelley and The Cowboys, for over 10 years now. After a childhood of singing and playing piano, Kelley became interested in traditional music of Appalachia as a teenager and quickly became interested in the guitar and claw-hammer banjo. Today Kelley is recognized as an award winning banjo player specializing in the roundpeak style, which she learned by living for over a decade in the heart of roundpeak, NC and playing with the old time band Back-Step. A talented singer and multi-instrumentalist, Kelley has done workshops and performed at many festivals with artists such as Jimmy C. Newman, Dale Watson, Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brian, The Quebe Sisters, Deacon John, and Ralph Stanley.

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