The four string banjo is also called the tenor banjo. It is used in orchestras, dance bands, and in the styles of classical, Latin, Brazilian, pop, show tunes, broadway, and music standards form the nineteen twenties though today's standards, etc. The tenor banjo is played with a flat pick like the guitar. This instrument is taught like any other musical instrument. It uses the standard music notation that is used for piano, woodwinds, brass etc. This instrument allows you to play single noted melodies, chord melodies, and chords for playing rhythms. This instrument can be used as a lead or rhythm instrument is a band.
Many bars and clubs have had happy hours with banjo bands playing popular standards with people singing along while having lunches and drinks.
The musical styles I teach for banjo have been stated under the two types of banjos above.
Greg Madison Music Studio is a place where continual teaching improvement, expert music instruction and quality customer service are the highest priorities. I provide the very best instruction available through innovative teaching methods, fun learning concepts and an ongoing expansion of services, including student teacher jams and ensemble classes. I provide musical experiences that are versatile, fun and repeatedly elevate my students' passion and desire for playing music.
Group jam/theory sessions with 4 to 9 students are available in different styles of music with other students of same abilities two times a year The instruments in these sessions will depend on the student ability and availability. These sessions are for people who have played with me and demonstrated that they have the knowledge, ability, dexterity, and can play in time. Another prerequisite is that they have had the basic writing of music notation with us prior to the start of these jam/theory classes. The first level type class works with written music or riff type play in different styles. The more advanced classes are improvisation classes in bluegrass, country, rock, and folk styles of music for the five string and in the styles of Latin, Brazilian, pop, show tunes, broadway, and music standards form the nineteen twenties though today's standards for the tenor/4 string banjo.
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