English Folk Dance & Song Society
At the English Folk Dance and Song Society, we champion the folk arts at the heart of England’s rich and diverse cultural landscape.
We deliver programmes of learning and participation, artist development and networking for educators:
- Online and at a range of venues across England, and sometimes beyond
- Through our arts venue, Cecil Sharp House
- Through our library and archive, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
We frequently work in partnership with arts, education and heritage organisations.
We have around 3000 members worldwide – most of whom are active participants in music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions
Banjo 1 & 2 in Camden
from £14.76 per session
from £132.00 per term
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, Camden, London, NW1 7AY
Cecil Sharp House
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road
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About Banjo 1 & 2
We only accept complete beginners during the Autumn term – there is no Level 1 class in the Spring.
The course starts with the basics of the right hand technique, introduces the three most important chords in G-tuning (G, C and D7), looks at left hand techniques (such as hammer-ons and pull offs).
Towards the end of the year we introduce harder left hand chords (such as F and D major) and more complicated left-hand techniques.
The year will start by assuming all students are level 1, but towards the end of the year it'll be expected that students will be at level 2 or above.
Although the five-string banjo is often associated with American music, it is now widely regarded as an instrument of West African origin.
It is thought to have evolved from fretless lutes made with gourds that travelled to the Americas during the slave trade.
During its heyday in the 19th century, the banjo was very popular internationally and huge numbers were made and played in the UK in classical banjo bands and even banjo orchestras.
It is played in many different styles, which reflects its complex international history, but has been associated with folk music on both sides of the Atlantic for a long time.
It is fun, accessible and a great instrument to start learning music on.
Young people 12–15 years old may attend with a participating, responsible adult over 18 years of age.
Cecil Sharp House, London