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New! Beginner Banjo with Cary Fridley

Join Cary Fridley for a 4-week comprehensive Beginner Banjo in-person group class in the mountains of Western North Carolina, taught in two locations: Waynesville and in Black Mountain.

What we will cover: Learn the basics of the old-time Appalachian clawhammer style banjo:  tunings, the basic stroke or “bum-diddy,” how to play a melody, beginner exercises, 2-3 tunes, and an introduction to the drop thumb technique.  Students must have their own banjo in good working condition.

Ages of Participants – 16 and older

Minimum # of Participants – 5

Maximum # of Participants – 20

Tuition $80 per 4 week session

Brief Bio of the Instructor

Cary Fridley has a Masters in Music Education from UNCG and has provided professional workshop instruction at Mars Hill Old-Time Music Week, LEAF, Dusty Strings Traditional Workshops in Seattle, WA, the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, Kauffman Kamp, and The Swannanoa Gathering.  She began playing the banjo as a teenager and made her mark in the 1990’s as guitarist and singer with the Freight Hoppers.  Cary currently plays bass and sings with WNC bands The Sweet Dreamers and the Haywood Ramblers. 

In Waynesville, NC at the Folkmoot Center: Tuesdays September 13, 20, 27, and October 4 from 2-3PM

Visit the Folkmoot Friendship Center to sign up for classes in Waynesville, NC. Spaces are limited. Email Cary Fridley for more information.

In Black Mountain, NC at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts: Wednesdays September 14, 21, 28, and October 5 from 5:30-6:30PM.

Visit Black Mountain Center for the Arts to sign up for classes in Black Mountain, NC. Spaces are limited. Email Cary Fridley for more information.


Cary Fridley on the Big Sound Small Town Podcast

Tune in to the Big Sound Small Town Podcast hosted by Sandy Carlton on August 18, 2022 to hear an interview with Cary Fridley about her life playing music in Asheville, NC. The Big Sound Small Town Podcast showcases the stories of the musicians, songwriters and artists in the small towns and communities of America. The stories are rich in the authentic sounds that make American music.

Cary Fridley and her Gibson J-45