I have been offering online banjo and fiddle instruction since 2008, and I now teach in this manner on a full-time basis. One-on-one lessons conducted via Skype can be an excellent solution for those who may not have access to a local instructor but are wanting to move forward in a structured way, as well as for those who are drawn to my own musical or pedagogical approach but who may not live within commuting range of me for in-person lessons. Relative newcomers all the way to those who are quite advanced and looking for a new musical direction can benefit from regular, occasional, or one-off Skype lessons.
If in-person instruction is of interest, I also offer intensive day-long or multi-day sessions for players of all levels, in your home or in mine, as well as group workshops in your home or gathering space. These scenarios can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
For further details, please contact me.
Selected Teaching Events
Banjo Camp North, Charlton, Massachusetts (2016, 2015, 2013)
Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week, Mars Hill, North Carolina (2014, 2009)
Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, Galax, Virginia (2013)
Walker Creek Music Camp, Marshall, California (2016, 2015)
Nashville Clawhammer Camp, Ridgetop, Tennessee (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
Julian Family Fiddle Camp, Julian, California (2013)
Falcon Lake Fiddle Camp, Falcon Lake, Manitoba (2016)
Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party, Carlyle, Saskatchewan (2012, 2011)
Sore Fingers Summer Schools, Kingham, England (2015, 2010)
American Banjo Camp, Fort Flagler, Washington (2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009)
Suwannee Banjo Camp, High Springs, Florida (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009)
Midwest Banjo Camp, Olivet, Michigan (2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2008)
Swannanoa Gathering, Asheville, North Carolina (2009, 2007)
Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins, West Virginia (2007, 2006)
Appalshop, Whitesburg, Kentucky (2006, 2005)
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Unparalleled musicians, dear friends, and the producers of my second CD, "Insight".
Bluegrass fiddle player and author of fiddle books, and the producer of my out-of-print first CD, "Intrigue".
Dakota Dave Hull
"Classic American guitar" at its best!
Midwest Banjo Camp
My favorite banjo camp, held every June near Lansing, Michigan.
American Banjo Camp
A banjo camp in the most sublime natural setting imaginable, near Port Townsend, Washington.
Suwannee Banjo Camp
A fine camp with a friendly flavor near Gainesville, Florida.
The Swannanoa Gathering
The finest of the week-long camps, in my opinion, with an always-great Old-Time Week in addition to several other interesting theme weeks.
The premiere European camp for bluegrass and old-time music, always featuring an unbelievably top-flight team of "household name" US instructors.
Native Ground Music
Wayne Erbsen's business; Wayne is a great teacher and the author of "Clawhammer Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus," which I helped edit.
INSTRUMENTS / ACCESSORIES
Kevin is building a fantastic new Dobson banjo model in addition to continuing his unparalleled custom work.
A talented maker of cleverly-designed and affordable open-back banjos; one of my very favorite craftsmen (and Wayne's being a fellow Minnesotan is merely icing on the cake!)
David Hyatt's gourd banjo site
David is a gifted maker of gourd banjos, and a font of knowledge about these instruments.
Bernunzio Vintage Instruments
John and Julie Bernunzio's shop in Rochester, New York is THE source for fine, vintage open-back banjos.
Banjo On My Knee
A fascinating site with numerous photos and thorough descriptions of a banjo collection that contains many spectacular examples of classic five-strings.
A great site that features (along with loads of interesting old-time music links) some of the most creative and well-done t-shirt designs available - all with an old-time bent!
Heart & Soil
A documentary featuring my music as part of the soundtrack!
A feature-length film set in West Virginia with traditional and contemporary music by Chris Eldridge, Rayna Gellert, Paul Kowert, Dominick Leslie, Kristin Andreassen, and myself.