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A Brief Introduction to Old-time Banjo Styles beyond the Claw with Joseph Decosimo

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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All skill levels welcome

So, you’ve got your clawhammer lick up and running or perfectly dialed in, but you suspect that there might be more old-time things that you can do with your banjo. Well, your hunch is correct: There’s tons of old-time options, textures, rhythms and sounds beyond the claw! This workshop will introduce folks to old-time approaches beyond the claw, focusing on some old-time fingerpicking approaches. It will be useful to old-time banjo players (and old-time-curious banjo folks) of all levels, and should equip folks to do some exploring on their own. The workshop is made for people who have never ventured beyond the clawhammer world. We’ll introduce a few old-time banjo styles that involve up-picking and different non-clawhammer techniques. Joseph will introduce the rudiments of some delightful, alternate old-time styles.

Raised in the rich traditional music community around Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Decosimo is a leading performer of old-time fiddle and banjo music. Joseph is a traditional musician and folklorist with a deep respect and love for the older sounds of his home state, Appalachia, and the broader American South. His old-time fiddling and banjo playing have introduced listeners around the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia to the richness and vibrancy of the region’s musical traditions. Based in Durham, North Carolina, he currently performs old-time fiddle, banjo, and songs anywhere people are willing to listen. A skilled teacher, he has taught a number of workshops, festivals, and even in a traditional music program at a university. Besides performing the music, he researches and writes about it: He holds a PhD in American Studies and an M.A. in Folklore.

You can find information about taking lessons from Joseph and other NC music instructors in PineCone’s Find A Teacher Directory.

NOTE: This workshop will be recorded and distributed to registered attendees for use as a learning tool. A highlights video will be produced and shared to promote future workshops and events.

PineCone is committed to making our programs accessible and welcoming to all. To request accommodations (Zoom or tech help; captions; etc) for this or any upcoming PineCone events, please e-mail Jamie or call 919-656-7902.  

You will receive a registration confirmation email with details for joining the workshop. Please be sure that your email address is entered correctly and check your spam or promotions folder if you do not receive the confirmation email. If you are still unable to locate the email confirmation and have not received the reminder email by 5pm the day of the workshop, please call or text Courtney at 919-516-9049.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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