Monthly archives: July, 2011

Quick Update

I should have a workshop up tonight if everything goes well. It’s inventory time at work so everything is at a break-neck pace and my schedule changes at the drop of the hat. I’m getting ready to leave now and I should be home late tonight and have enough time to record a workshop and…


This Week’s Workshops

Sorry for the delay folks, but this week’s workshops will be a day or two late. I had a couple of requests this week, so that makes picking the songs much, much easier! I’ll see you very soon! Kelly


Weekend With The Family

Sandy took Amber and I to downtown Chicago this weekend and we had a great time. The two ladies went downtown early on Friday and I followed after work. We went on a dinner cruise and I couldn’t help but think about the last time we had done that. Fourteen years ago on our first…


Damn You Fred, I’m Missin’ My Banjo

  A couple of weeks ago, I went off to the wilds of Pennsylvania to meet up with some friends for a great time of songs, stories, food and booze. The problem is that I haven’t played my banjo since I’ve gotten back. Fred had his banjola and I fell in love with playing it…


Banjo In The Mix

I got a couple of great email messages today and both concerned the sound of the banjo in playing ballads. The answer is not a simple one. It really depends on the sound that you are looking for in the song. Sometimes you want to give the song some drive, even if you are not…


BanjoMania – the App

            I’m am really happy and excited to announce that BanjoMania now has it’s own app for Android users. The BanjoMania.net app keeps you updated with posts and files at BanjoMania.net on all of your Android powered phones and tablets. The BanjoMania.net app is a free application! There are no…


Banjo Set Up, Online Lessons, CM Punk and Weekend Get-a-Ways

This weekend was one of the best I’ve had at home in a while. I had a little bit of free time and I took advantage of it. Sandy and Amber ran a 10k race with Amber coming in third in her age group. I was really proud of her and wondered how well she…


DVD’s Now For Sale

Since I’ve gotten some requests, I have made some of my Frailing Banjo Lessons available on DVD. The DVD is playable on most commercial DVD players and all laptop and desktop computers. Every month, I will be making the DVD’s available for sale here at BanjoMania. I am hoping that this will be another great…


Folk Song Of The Week – Frailing Banjo Lesson: Mountain Dew

I was asked to backtrack a little bit and show a frailing banjo lesson on Mountain Dew. I usually only like to re-post songs that I recorded before I got the sound and HiDef correct, but you do what ya gotta do. I hope you enjoy it and remember that there are hundreds of songs…


Online Skype Lessons: NOW AVAILABLE!!

I’m happy to announce that I’ve been able to setup some free time that allows me to add some students via Skype. I really find that one on one instruction is the best way to start someone on their journey with frailing / clawhammer lessons. The lessons will all be individualized from new player to…