These tuners are classy through and through, from the feel to the materials to even the box. I put the Gold/Galaith Ivory pegs on my Rich & Taylor (So Long So Wrong banjo) and have been using them on the Alison Krauss tour. The 10:1 gear ratio makes my job easy. I'll be putting them on my 1926 Gibson Granada and my Banjocaster this week. Check the Store page for more details!
"The content is all geared to us unlocking our own creativity while keeping the 'fun factor' high."
Greetings, fellow banjo pickers!
Have you had moments where you've wanted your playing to move along more quickly? Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to go to the next level?
I've struggled with all those things. At nearly every level, I've plateaued and thought, "Is this it? Am I stuck here?" Since the age of thirteen I've been obsessed with learning how to play the banjo well, because going to the next level is always such a thrill.
As a result I've had to develop some tried-and-true ways of doing things through experimentation and study. I've used these ideas for my 26 years with Alison Krauss & Union Station, for the O Brother soundtrack, and for everything else I've ever played on - and I'd love to share them with you in four sessions containing SIX hours of teaching and demonstration.
Just got this in an email: “I’ve just got to say, this workshop has been so much more than I expected….The effort you’ve put into this and the ground you’ve covered like a fog will keep me busy for years….Again, thanks so much. I call that a bargain, the best I ever had!” David W.
TOPICS: Just a few of the things I've covered:
Releasing tension (the thing that puts a lid on our dexterity).
How I work on timing and feel.
The trick to learning the neck well.
String bending, vibrato, and working it all into rolls.
Clinch Mountain Backstep.
Mollie Catherine Carter.
Learning from recordings.
How to practice effectively.
BONUS TEACHING VIDEOS: Clinch Mountain Backstep (breaks 1 and 2 from Hogan's House of Music), Man of Constant Sorrow (from O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack), Foggy Mountain Special (break 2 from Earl Scruggs tribute record), Will You Be Loving Another Man by Earl Scruggs
Oh, I almost forgot the extras. By signing up for the workshop you'll receive a free download of my banjo-oriented bluegrass record Hogan's House of Music and a pdf of my long out-of-print The Traditional Banjo Workbook.
I look forward to seeing you there.
LESSONS WITH A PRO: 26 Years With Alison Krauss & Union Station, banjoist on the O Brother Soundtrack’s “Man of Constant Sorrow,” and on sessions with Dolly Parton, Kate Rusby, Dan Tyminski, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, and many more.
LEVEL: Broadly Intermediate - lots of material for not-so-beginners all through early advanced players.
SUBJECTS: Playing without tension, improving timing and feel, dynamics, tone, string bending, vibrato, scales, single-string playing, transcribing, and more.
BONUS MATERIALS: Each participant will receive a free download of Ron’s banjo-oriented bluegrass cd Hogan’s House of Music, and a free download of the long out-of-print Traditional Bluegrass Banjo Workbook – a total of $45 in free extras.
WORKSHOP REVIEWS: "As a guy who's been participating in this clinic I promise you the value you'll receive is worth FAR more than the price. I've done banjo camps, clinics, and lessons with the best in the business. The wisdom Ron imparts is second to none. You WILL be a better player, and you'll enjoy every second. You'll have a hard time putting your banjo down after the first session, and you'll be thinking about it all day at work after the second. And it only gets better from there."
"Great class. Ron knows how to communicate; he 'teaches ideas' and is well prepared. No wasted time. The overall class experience is like having a one on one lesson with good friend."
CLICK TO VIEW AND ORDERFour stars out of five from CCM Magazine: "Between Ron Block’s record-breaking run with Alison Krauss + Union Station and Jeff Taylor’s work in the super group The Time Jumpers (featuring Vince Gill), there’s been a groundswell of anticipation leading up to their debut collaboration. On the resulting Trouble Go Down, the pair of co-vocalists/multi-instrumentalists clearly live up to their pedigree, mixing present-tense acoustic originals, “new hymns with old souls” and cracking open their hymnals for reinterpretations from the 1800s. Though bluegrass, folk and gospel are at the core of this collection, the proceedings also get pretty eclectic with retro guitars, whistles, a bouzouki and a bodhran. The duo even calls on several of their familiar friends for vocal contributions (Ellie Holcomb, Suzanne Cox, plus a periodic backing cast of all-star indie artists), all bonus assets within an already masterful body of work."