My goal for the class, "Banjoville", will be to apply my 45 - odd years of playing Scruggs -Style banjo to 5 - string banjo students. Students should already have a banjo and be familiar with some of the more traditional bluegrass tunes, as a listener and beginner player. We will study traditional bluegrass and the banjo's role in that style of music. Care and set-up of their instruments: string changing, head tension, bridge types, positioning and more, will be examined. We will go over, in detail, basic rolls and learn the importance of backup playing.
We will also take a good look at how to design the perfectly placed banjo solo and talk about when and where to play it. The role of the banjo and the job of the banjo player will be looked at in the context of playing in a bluegrass band. Students will be asked to get a copy of Jack Tuttle's "Bluegrass Banjo Collection Vol. One" from Back Studio Publications and be familiar with it and bring it to class. The book can be purchased from Jack directly at www.JackTuttle.com . I will bring ALL that I have as the teacher to help folks get started in the right direction.
Rhythm Guitar and Voice
Herb's rhythm guitar workshop will focus on basic chords, the use of the capo in finding the right key/position for song accompaniment, lower string accent beats, proper pick selection and some finger picking.
The class will center on country, bluegrass and some folk music. The harmony singing portion of the workshop will address creating two, three, and four part harmony structures in the major and minor chords. Students should bring a song for this purpose (suitable for developing as a duet, trio, or quartet).Anchor
About Herb Pedersen
Herb began his career in Berkeley, California in the early 60's playing 5 string banjo and acoustic guitar with the likes of David Grisman, Butch Waller, David Nelson, and Jerry Garcia. Herb has added accompaniments to the recordings of many prominent folk and country music artists, ranging from Emmylou Harris to Vince Gil, James Taylor, and Jesse Winchester, to name a few. Herb's discography reads like a Who's Who of the singer/songwriter scene prevalent in the 70s- 80s. His own groups include The Desert Rose Band, and The Laurel Canyon Ramblers. With his lifelong pal, Chris Hillman, Herb is in the process of continuing the type of music they both grew up playing and singing. There is a work in progress most of the time and that's the way Herb likes it.
Herb is no stranger to the world of TV and movie sound tracks with credits including The Rockford Files, Smokey and The Bandit, Hunter, and The Simpsons employing Herb either on 5 string banjo or vocals. From Carnegie Hall to the Ryman auditorium, Herb is a respected artist with an established presence in the music scene. www.herbpedersen.comAnchor