Beginning/Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo with Chris Coole

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Beginning/Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo - This class will introduce (or re-introduce) students to the basics of the right hand technique in the clawhammer style. The "basic strum", "double thumbing" and "drop thumbing" will be laid out and put into the context of some simple (but pleasing) old-time tunes and songs. The student will walk away with everything they need to go home, practice for the winter and then emerge as "the next big thing" at camp next year.

Chris Coole is a Toronto based musician who specializes in bluegrass and old-time music. He has recorded ten critically acclaimed cd’s with Arnie Naiman, Erynn Marhsall, The Banjo Special,The Foggy Hogtown Boys and Ivan Rosenberg. Over the years, Chris has performed at festivals and led workshops across North America, Europe and Israel.

His first solo album “Old Dog” was released in 2010 to warm reviews and drew attention to his intimate songwriting style. In 2016 he released “The Tumbling River”, a follow-up of highly narrative story songs featuring seven more originals, firmly establishing his reputation as a unique, and grounded songwriter. This is evidenced by the fact that his songs have been recorded by artists such as The Sweet Lowdown, Megan Lynch, Bill Evans, Jenny Whiteley, and Riley Baugus.

Coole is a sought-after teacher of both banjo and guitar at workshops and festivals across Canada and the U.S. His teaching approach is featured in the instructional DVD “The Elements of Clawhammer Banjo” (Woodhall Music).

Apart from his own albums, Chris can be heard as a sideman and/or producer on over 150 recordings by artists such as Sylvia Tyson, Jim Cuddy, Natalie MacMaster, Cara Luft, John Reishman, April Verch, Justin Rutledge, The Slocan Ramblers, and David Francey.

Chris is a well loved NimbleFingers Instructor. Welcome back, Chris!

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