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We are proud to be a member of the D'Addario Education Collective! Thank you to the following sponsors for generously supporting our work at Village Productions. Please remember them when purchasing music-related accessories, instruments, books, and recordings.

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D'Addario is the "The First Choice" worldwide in music accessories and cable solutions. D'Addario offers recording professionals and players the highest quality, and innovation, in products supported by cutting-edge technology and unparalleled customer service. Visit the D'Addario website to view their full catalog of premium strings and accessories as well as their library of media-loaded resources that include lessons, playing tips, instrument setup information, forums, and history.

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Cymgards totally deaden cymbal sound while allowing players to maintain stick to cymbal feel. They also protect cymbals from edge damage. Economical, durable, and attractive, Cymgards fit onto the cymbal's perimeter. They are available in three styles to fit single and hi-hat cymbals. Cymgards are available in sizes ranging from 6 inches to 24 inches in diameter.

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Banjo Hangout is the world's largest banjo community. With nearly 100,000 members and 30,000 visitors per day to our site, if you've got a banjo-related question this is the place to ask! Besides the very active discussion forum the site includes a regular giveaways, a huge banjo tab library, lesson videos, classified ads, audio/video archives, an event calendar and more. Come join the thousands of other banjo enthusiasts who are using the Hangout to connect and learn!

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Looking for the latest in 5-string banjo news, tab, interviews, technique and classifieds? Visit www.banjonews.com. The first and still the best 5-string banjo magazine available today. Their website includes a free recent issue viewable for non-subscribers, alone with almost 2000 banjo soundfiles. Online subscriptions only $19.99 a year.

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Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments carries new and used stringed instruments including banjos, guitars, mandolins, violins, resophonics, lap steels, and amplifiers. In addition to their Pro line of accessories and parts, they deal in professional-level banjos manufactured by Prucha, Williams, and Huber. Greg and Chad also carry Bourgeois, Collings, Kevin Kopp, Roy Noble, John Walker, and Martin guitars. Call them if you are looking to purchase, sell, or trade a vintage banjo or other stringed instrument.

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If you have been searching for a banjo that screams Pre-war tone without the Pre-war price, your search is over. Built in Hickory, North Carolina, professional musicians and demanding pickers know Yates Banjos for their impeccable design, performance, and playability. But its the deep rich tone of Yates Banjos that sets them apart, and yes above, the sound of vintage Pre-war banjos. Play one and you'll see why the pros play Yates.


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Bluegrass Unlimited is a monthly publication established in 1966 and dedicated to the furtherance of bluegrass and old-time music. Inside each magazine you'll find articles for and about bluegrass performers, along with upcoming events and reviews to help make decisions based on knowledge. Each issue also has the National Bluegrass Survey which keeps you up to date with the most popular bluegrass music recordings. Call 1-800-BLU-GRAS (258-4727) to subscribe.


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The Music Academy of Western North Carolina, Hendersonville's most prestigious private music school, specializes in private music lessons, ensembles, music classes and workshops, as well as summer music camps for children, teens, and adults. Private lesson offerings include: guitar (classical, electric, acoustic); bass (electric and upright); drums; piano; voice; violin; viola; cello; all brass instruments; and all woodwind instruments. Students can learn all styles of music including: classical; rock; jazz; blues; pop; country; folk; and MUCH MORE! Please visit their website at http://wncmusicacademy.com or give them a call at 828-693-3726 for more information.


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Mandolin Brothers, Ltd. is known for carrying a large inventory of new, used, and vintage guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Dealers for Deering, Stelling, Huber, and Gibson banjos, they also carry Martin, Taylor, Guild, Collings, Santa Cruz, Huss & Dalton, Lowden, Goodall, Bourgeois, McPherson, Fender, Gibson, National and Dobro guitars. Famous for the vintage pieces they find (1833 to 1969), call them to answer questions about any American fretted instrument including any that you would like to sell or purchase.

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Often referred to as the standard in bluegrass banjo construction, simply put, Stelling makes an awesome instrument. Their site offers information on ordering a custom-made banjo, Geoff's tips on setup, as well as other pertinent banjo information. With many models to choose from - those that seek the best value in sound, aesthetics, fit, and playabilty choose a Stelling.

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About Village Productions

Village Productions is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Since 1993, our mission at Village Productions has been to advance the positive power of music by providing affordable and high-quality music education through instructional clinics, special events, and concerts.

Contact Information:
Village Productions
P.O. Box 816,
Burnsville, NC 28714
e-mail us.

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Here's how to be the best player you can be:

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  1. Come to terms with what you expect from your playing. How far do you want to go with your instrument? How good do you want to sound?
  2. Hunger to improve. Don't define your playing according to your current abilities. Invest the time, energy, and passion required to excel at playing your instrument.
  3. Reject comfort. Growth comes through sacrifice and sometimes, pain. Some examples include spending extra time practicing, purchasing a better instrument, and seeking quality instruction.
  4. Be honest with your yourself. Recognize where you need improvement and focus there. That may require seeking better musicians to play with.
  5. Master the fundamentals. Play the "little things" right including slides, hammer ons, pull offs, and how and where you finger notes.
  6. Stay true to the melody. Learn how to find a song's melody and then express it accurately with solid picking, strumming, and bowing.
  7. Be willing to fail. Tackle self-doubt. Take on harder tab, learn more advanced licks, explore other styles, and play out of position. Mistakes can be your best teachers.
  8. Slow down. Don't increase your playing speed until you can play what you're playing clearly, with tone, and in time.
  9. Accept incremental progress. Leaps of improvement don't happen overnight. Quality playing develops slowly over time which is determined by how much time you invest in improving.
  10. Abandon instant gratification. Playing something wrong continually will degrade your playing.
  11. Don't settle for mediocrity. If it doesn't sound right, it probably isn't right. Work with a tape recorder and metronome. Compare your sound with the pros.
  12. Be positive. Positive thinking leads to a stronger mind. Mental strength leads to production which is the basis for accomplishing something. Accomplishments lead to achievement.
  13. Play music. Learn how to support and make other musicians sound better. Know when to throttle back and when to go for it. Play for yourself within the context of playing for others. Jam correctly.
  14. Edify others. Share what you know with those that want to learn. Be generous, gracious, and understanding. Be remembered as a person first and a musician second.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

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ARE PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE?

Yes. Outside of class time, you can schedule a private lesson with the instructor of your choice. You negotiate the timing and cost with the instructor.

WILL THE NORTH CAROLINA CLINICS GO TO THREE DAYS?

Not at this time. We have a wonderful venue but it's not available on Sundays. We could begin on Thursday but our clinics are concentrated. If enough people request a third day, we'd consider it.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO CLASS SIZE?

Not yet, though that could change. Our classes range from a few to upwards of fourteen students. We offer a variety of options. That helps people scatter.

AM I LOCKED IN TO THE LEVEL OF TEACHING I REGISTER UNDER?

No. Students are free to change classes at any time.

CAN I CHANGE INSTRUMENTS?

Absolutely. Students are free to change levels of instruction and/ or instruments at any time.

WHAT IS THE POLICY ON REFUNDS?

There isn't one. If you pay and cannot attend, prior to the start of any clinic, we will refund your money in full (short of any credit card fees). Paying by check ensures a full refund should you cancel. Fortunately we work with great people, who also happen to be great musicians. I thank them for relationships that allow us to be flexible.

I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN A PARTICULAR TUNE. HOW CAN THAT BE ARRANGED?

Email your request to us as early as you can. We'll work with staff to see if the tune can be integrated into a Song Study. Tunes have to be pertinent and popular, interesting enough to learn, and useful enough to play with others in a jam session.

CAN I SELL AN INSTRUMENT AT THE CLINIC?

Why not? Somebody may want it! By all means - Yes.

MY FAMILY INTENDS TO VISIT MANHATTAN WHILE I ATTNED METRO BANJO. WILL TRANSPORTATION BE AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO & FROM ST. JOHN'S TO THE SUBWAY STATION?

While it's a short walk from the university to the subway station, taxis are avialable.

I WOULD LIKE TO SIT IN AS AN OBSERVER. IS THERE A CHARGE FOR THIS?

Yes, there is. Charges vary per clinic and observers cannot attend classes with an instrument. Swapping of instruments between paid registrants and observers is also not permitted.

DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?

We offer a limited number of tuition-only scholarships. Granting scholarships is dependent on receiving tax-free contributions for that purpose. We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and such contributions are tax deductible. Please consider giving. Use the clinic-specific registration page for donating.

DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS?

Yes we do!

WHICH ONES?

All major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

DO YOU ACCEPT MONEY ORDERS?

Yes, along with checks and cash.

IF I UPGRADE LATER TO ATTEND MORE CLINIC DAYS, DO I HAVE TO PAY SINGLE-DAY RATES?

No. We will get you in the cheapest way possible, within the advertised rates, according to date purchased.

WHAT IS YOUR POLICY FOR MINORS?

Minors (students under 18) staying the night must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians must pay the observer rate as advertised. Commuter students fourteen through seventeen years of age may attend without day-time supervision, however we require written parental consent, a signed waiver, and students must be picked up promptly prior to dinner, each class day.

WHAT ABOUT PARKING?

There's plenty of free parking in Asheville and at St. John's.

I AM TAKING A TUG BOAT TO METRO BANJO BUT I AM PULLING A BARGE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

This problem is more common than people realize. I'd get out of the shipping lanes and cut it loose. Then nudge it into some secluded bay and drop anchor, or rent it out as a swimming platform. People living on Long Island Sound may pay handsomely to have it hauled to their beach for a wedding or summer gathering.

I'LL BE JAMMING GEARS ACROSS THE HIGH PLAINS TO REACH YA'ALL IN THIS 18-WHEELER. GOT ME A BUNK AND BANJO. YOU GOT A PLACE TO PARK THIS BEAUTY?

Got lots of options for your traveling motel. Just lay off the jake while snaking jimmy through downtown. Might be able to arrange a pinstripe job while you're at the show. Call beforehand.

THIS BANJO CLINIC THING'S GOT ME CONFUSED. SURE, I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE 5, BUT FRANKLY I'M LEERY ABOUT WHAT I MAY BE GETTING INTO. LIKE, IS THIS A CAMP OR A CLINIC? WILL THERE BE ANY DIAGNOSING AND TREATING OF OUTPATIENTS GOING ON? DON'T WANT NONE OF THAT. THANKS BO.

Hey BO. Thanks for your email. I've been asked this question more times than I can remember. Here at the clinic, we aren't throwing curveballs or trying to draw people into health care. Rest assured, there isn't a needle or Neti Pot in the place. Not even a dressing unless it comes with salad. Just good folk drinking coffee, learning banjo and making friends. Between us though, personally, I know that a nurse usually handles the registration desk, but don't tell anybody. Could blow our cover. See you in November!

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