Banjo and Guitar Lessons

Benjamin Pedigo has taught banjo lessons for both the University of Cincinnati and Maysville Community College's Continuing Education Programs. Ben brings over 30 years' experience on providing practical,  useful and understandable information to help the beginner and advanced banjo and guitar student. The goal of music instruction is to provide the student with the tools to perform with other musicians and make music enjoyable for a lifetime. Ben's approach to teaching is thorough, concise, and easy to follow.

Ben is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has performed with Bill Monroe, the Whites, John Hartford and Norman Blake. Ben can be heard on Norman Blake's CD on Rounder Records: Fields of November/Old and New. Ben performs in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio with his brother-in-law, Forrest Utley, in the duo GUNPOWDER CREEK.  Ben can also be heard playing banjo with local bluegrass musician Dale Lykins.

Contact Ripley Banjo Works at banjoworks@sbcglobal.net to get current information on instruction times, openings and cost per session.

 

Lessons are 50 minutes and are arranged in blocks of 6 week sessions. These sessions identify short term and long term goals to improve the student's performance and repertory skills.

BEGINNING BANJO INSTRUCTION
History of the five string banjo, tuning and variations, proper left hand techniques, chord structure and patterns, Scruggs style right hand techniques, rhythms, melody lines, music notation. Instruction will focus on the student playing traditional banjo songs in time with proper hand techniques.

ADVANCED BANJO INSTRUCTION
Chord structure with discussions on passing chords and arrangement, Keith style hand techniques, melody lines, fiddle tunes. Instruction will focus on the student developing their own "style" of playing.

BEGINNING GUITAR
History of the Spanish guitar, tuning, proper left hand techniques, chord structure and patterns, flat pick and three finger style right hand techniques, rhythms, melody lines, music notation. Instruction will focus on student playing chord progressions in time, melody lines in time.