Ira Gitlin

Melodic banjo playing (sometimes called Keith-style or chromatic banjo), pioneered by Bill Keith and Bobby Thompson in the 1960s, is a powerful extension of bluegrass technique that opens up expansive musical vistas. But it can be confusing to those who are new to it. This single-session workshop, aimed at students who have a basic grasp of Scruggs-style playing, will demystify melodic banjo by exploring the principles behind it. We'll look at how scales are constructed, and use that knowledge to build a couple of useful licks and a fiddle-tune arrangement.


Students may elect to rent an instrument from the House of Musical Traditions, depending on availability.

Health Protocols

We are following the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for health and safety. Students are encouraged to wash hands upon arrival.

Registration Policy

We require a minimum of 3 attendees for all group classes & workshops. Classes will be cancelled if we have not met the 3-person minimum 72 hours in advance of the start time.

In the event of a cancellation, you may choose between either (1) a full refund, or (2) a full credit to private lessons or a future workshop.


Sat, April 22, 2023
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Takoma SPARK
7112 Willow Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912