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.
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. D'Addario
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. Cymgard
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! Banjo Hangout
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Moog Instruments and effects connect your creativity and imagination with sounds not possible anywhere else. Take your music to another dimension. Find all the details on Moog products, browse audio samples, and download manuals and software updates. Moog Music
Guitar Center is the world's largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment. With more than 270 stores across the U.S. we continue to help people make music from coast to coast. Our unrivaled in-store experience and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. All we sell is the greatest feeling on earth. Guitar Center
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. Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments
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. Yates Banjos
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. Bluegrass Unlimited
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. WNC Music Academy
105.9 the Mountain (WTMT), Western North Carolina's biggest rock station boasts 50,000 watts of classic rock attracting a stable fan base of active adults 25-54. The Mountain features classic rock artists like ZZ Top, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Bob Seger and produces major area events including the Mountain Motor Show and BaconFest Asheville. 105.9 the Mountain is part of Asheville Radio Group, the area's leading radio advertising company, reaching thousands of listeners every week. The cluster includes five other world-class radio stations including Mix 96.5, 98.1 the RIVER, REWIND 100.3, 105.5 the Outlaw and ESPN Radio 1310 & 970 as well as local entertainment website the828
Famous Old Time Music Company is the leading distributor of the Cheat-a-Key D tuners for banjo. Developed during the 1990s by collaboration between Vernon McIntyre and Dave Brown, one of Vernon’s banjo students at the time, the Cheat-a-Keys have steadily gained in popularity. The keys install quickly, adjust easily, hold tune well, operate smoothly, and are virtually maintenance free. cheat-a-key
Village Productions is proud to be a part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. Visit BlueRidgeMusicNC.com to find festivals, concerts, jam sessions and plenty of singing and dancing to the Traditional Music of Western North Carolina. Blue Ridge Music Trails.
Head to your next jam session with fresh ears, new tunes, and whole bunch of awesome licks. Tunefox is an approach to learning that lets you explore your creativity, inside and outside of the practice room. Every song in Tunefox comes with multiple arrangements so you always have something new to learn. Using the lick switcher, you can create a personalized solo and then practice with real-sounding backing tracks. Plus, explore lick libraries for all instruments. Creative learning at it's best! Tune Fox.
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 playibilty choose a Stelling. Stelling Banjos.
Discriminating banjoists agree on how important the bridge is in determining an instrument’s response, volume and tone. Silvio Ferretti’s Scorpion Banjo Bridges are a synthesis, an end-result, of the designs he has studied including those of Snuffy Smith, Dave Wadsworth and Joel Aderhold. During Silvio’s luthier apprenticeship at Airenti & Lowenberger in Genova, Italy, the shop where he now works, he analyzed old and modern violin, viola, cello, string bass, and other baroque stringed instrument bridges. He then applied what he had learned to develop the Scorpion Bridge. For “regular” bridges, he uses only quality, centuries old, seasoned Balkan maple. His ebony is some of the hardest and densest available. The wood’s grain in each Scorpion Bridge is correct. Available in many sizes and heights, the Scorpion Bridge can also be custom manufactured per any banjoist’s exact specification. For example, special-order-options include different woods such as treated maple, sunken maple or birch, walnut, plane, pear, cherry, and/or purple ebony or snakewood for the tops. Silvio builds custom bridges for musicians who have a clear idea of the sound they are looking for from their banjos: after all, getting the most from a banjo is the reason Silvio started building bridges in the first place. Scorpion Bridges.
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.
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.
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?
Due to the commitment required of us in providing full accommodations, we have had to include a refund policy. Up to a certain date, if you pay and cannot attend, we will refund your money in full (short of any credit card fees.) Otherwise, check the clinic you are interested in to learn more about specific refund and date parameters.
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/Ubers are available.
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!
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 at the Blue Ridge Center. Paid parking is also available in Brooklyn.
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!