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Geoff Hohwald’s Blog

Extended Weekend Jam Camp

Banjo Camps

OCTOBER 2017 - NORTH GEORGIA BANJO CAMP Six students gathered over the weekend at Geoff Hohwald's mountain retreat¬†near Dahlonega, GA to learn new techniques and make new friendships. Geoff brought in Curtis Jones and David Ellis to teach…

Classical Teaching Method vs. Folk Teaching Method

Banjo Blog

There have been two main types of music instruction methods over the years - the Classical Method and the Folk Method. I. The Classical Method has been used for hundreds of years in Colleges and Universities and is…

On Falling Apart

Banjo Blog

by Brad Laird Question: I play pretty good at home but when I get in a jam session I tend to fall apart. Why does this happen and what can I do to fix the problem? That feeling…

Focusing Practice Time

Banjo Blog

While driving around Atlanta recently, I was reflecting on how to explain the importance of focusing on fundamentals when learning to play the banjo. I imagined being in front of the clinic that Curtis Jones and I were…

Relaxation Overview

Banjo Blog

Relaxation Overview I asked Dr. Martin Norgaard, who has done significant work on how people play and improvise, if some people just cannot play in time. He said that everyone has good timing. I said how do you…

How to Use a Metronome

Banjo Blog

How To Use A Metronome The metronome will help you increase speed and play with the correct timing, particularly when learning new breaks or solos. You may want to have your banjo and a metronome handy. As you…

Playing Clearly Above The 18th Fret

Banjo Blog

I discovered the challenge of getting clear notes above the 18th fret when recording and having muted notes, the wrong notes and even no notes just the percussive sound of the string hitting the next higher fret. One…

Including Drills in Your Practice

Banjo Blog

The reason most people play is to have fun and socialize with others. Determining the percentage of playing songs and practicing drills over and over is an individual decision and will be different for everybody. When practicing students…

Banjo Camp

Banjo Blog

I’ve been teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School week long classes for 13 years and have had considerable success with beginners and intermediate banjo students by dividing the class into small groups including 1 on 1 time.…

What would you recommend a beginner get as their first banjo?

Banjo Blog

Looking for a banjo can be a daunting task particularly if you have never played an instrument. In order to be successful a banjo must have the following features : 1. It must be stable. This means that…