Single String Master Class (SSMC) is a 4-week live group class designed to put you on the path to mastering single string techniques on bluegrass banjo.
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Week 3 (October 25th @ 7pm EST)
- Interview and jam session with Ryan Cavanaugh (NEW)
How to play common Scruggs and melodic licks in single string style
- Blending Styles - How to fluidly move from Scruggs or melodic to single string and back
*Homework - Practice style blending exercises and single string licks (recording + tab provided)
Week 4 (November 1st @ 7pm EST)
- Review - Scales & Exercises, fiddle tunes, blending styles
- What's next? Different keys, tunes, exercises
- Practice tips - balancing learning tunes with metronome and theory practice.
*Recommended Reading + Listening (list provided)
*Post-Class package with more tunes and a practice schedule!
Week 1 (October 11th @ 7pm EST)
- Introduction to single string style - We'll go over the key banjo players you should listen to to develop your single string vocabulary
- Right hand technique - do's and don't's
- Exercises and scale patterns
*Homework - Practice exercises and learn scale patterns (tab provided)
Week 2 (October 18th @ 7pm EST)
- Fiddle Tunes - how to apply our newly learned knowledge of scales to a fiddle tune melody
- Left Hand technique - do's and don'ts
- Position and shifting techniques
*Homework - Learn fiddle tunes "Red Haired Boy" and "Whiskey Before Breakfast" (recording + tab provided)
All calls will be recorded + available for you to access for a year after the program. If you're a BSM member you'll have lifetime access.
What People Are Saying...
“It was well worth the investment of time and money The material was more focused on fundamentals than I expected which is great.” - Mike T."Because of your Masterclass, I've temporarily put aside tab playing to train my ear more. I feel as if I'm standing at the beginning of an exciting path!" - Scott S.
"I am beyond excited about learning the banjo but have sooooo much stuff going around in my head... I REALLY like the way you take everything apart and break it down so it's manageable…" - Lisa C.
"Hey Bennett - as a long-time guitar player turning to banjo, your lessons have been so valuable. You have a very clear, calm concise, and sincere way of teaching whilst still making it fun! thank you!" - Christian H.C.
"Really good lesson, Bennett. Love the chromatic licks you came up with. I never stop learning from your teachings. Thanks so much for doing these videos." - David H.
Why learn from me?
I've spent my 15 years as a professional banjo player transcribing, arranging, performing and learning the most effective ways to become a better improvisor and creator. I've taught hundreds of students around the world and host a YouTube channel reaching thousands of people to help them become better players.
My popular "Melodification" lesson series on YouTube starts you off with a traditional arrangement of a song, and then demonstrates a melodic variation based on the original melody of the tune for you to learn. That series is exactly what inspired this master class! Taking you on a more in depth study of the details and essentials of melodic playing and improvisation.
When does the program start? October 11th at 7pm EST. Before our classes start you'll get all the specifics on how to access the live master class in your inbox.
What comes with my purchase of SSMC? Once you purchase SSMC you'll be added to my private membership group with one free month of access along with access to the member's only facebook group with tons of helpful Q+A's already there. This is also a great place to post questions you have for me and get great feedback from your fellow pickers. You'll also have access too all the MMC class recordings for 1 year!
How do I access the SSMC live classes? All classes will be taught online through an easy-to-use program called Zoom. You'll receive login details with your welcome email you get before class starts.
What if I can't make a scheduled class? No problem! All the classes will be recorded and available to you within 24 hours after the live session.
Have a question you don't see answered? Just shoot me an email by clicking here and I'll get back to you within 24 hours.