A Banjo Teacher’s Diary

I just had my seventh year teaching at Banjo Camp North in Massachusetts, and it was, as always, wonderful. Camp ran from noon Friday May 15, 2009 through Sunday afternoon May 17, and included dozens of classes for both bluegrass … Read More

The Nashville Number System

  by Wayne Fugate History and background The Nashville Number System is an informal method of transcribing music by denoting the scale degree upon which a chord is built. Since the middle ages, musicians have substituted Roman numerals for chord … Read More

Songwriting Part 1

Ah but what to write? If you have the luxury of not being a nine-to-five Nashville songwriter (Whew! wipe your forehead, that was close!) have some more ice tea!  A song idea will come along sooner or later.  As a … Read More

Slugging It Out On The Front

“How I learned to stop worrying and love the banjo” October 1972, The 3rd set had begun at “On the Hill,” a long gone by nightclub in Danbury, Connecticut. The place was packed and crawling with beer soaked bikers and … Read More

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