Headed to Europe

 Howdy Everybody,
We are leaving for Europe in the morning and we're really excited.  This is where I'll be uploading pictures, videos, and observations from the trip.  
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Teaching the World to Play One Class at a Time

  Howdy everyone,

The time is here for a new Folk School session to begin and I am offering five classes; two of which are new to the school.

Like last session, I'm teaching an Ensemble I Class, a…

Clawhammer banjo arrangement for Kitchen Girl

 Here's my version of one of my all time favorite fiddle tunes for the banjo. It's got a few tricky maneuvers, but is pretty straight forward for the most part.
If you have any trouble figuring out the right…

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Freight Train

Here's my basic arrangement of the classic Elizabeth Cotten finger picking tune, "Freight Train". Hope you enjoy!

I've included a link to a sound sample of the arrangement. It should be noted that this sound sample
is an…

Liberty - two versions - for the clawhammer banjo

 Howdy Folks,
Here are a couple of my arrangements for the popular fiddle tune, "Liberty".

One is a rhythmic version well suited as an accompaniment to a fiddler or other melody instrument.

The second is a melodic…

Mississippi John Hurt's

 Here's a simple arrangement one of my favorite folk/blues fingerpickin' tunes: 
   Got the Blues
If you're at a loss as to the fingering of the right hand, here are some tips to get you through the tune nice and…