Banjo Workshop -- Bluegrass and Beyond
2:00 pm Saturday, February 18, 2012

Swedish American Hall21 and older show
2174 Market Street
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Admission: $30
Ever want to play rock, blues, or jazz on the banjo? This hour and a half workshop will look at some important fundamentals for playing 3-finger banjo in a variety of genres. Weíll start with a bluegrass approach to banjo and discuss applying basic skills to other kinds of music. Right-hand rolls, technique, chords, scales, and extended harmony will all be covered. All levels welcome, but best if participants are comfortable with basic rolls and a few bluegrass songs or tunes. Must bring your own banjo. Fingerpicks encouraged but not required.
Jim ChaykaOriginally from upstate New York, ďJim Chayka is the best banjo player you never heard of Ė but thatís starting to change.Ē (California Bluegrass Assoc. Newsletter, Jan 2009). Jim is regarded as a driving, creative, and versatile player firmly rooted in the tradition of Earl Scruggs and JD Crowe, but also well-versed in the fingerboard explorations of contemporary banjo. Although Jimís playing has a distinctly bluegrass voice, his banjo style reveals a deep appreciation and ardent study of rock, jazz, and blues. Jimís additional skills as a songwriter, composer, and performer helped 49 Special win the prestigious 2009 RockyGrass Band Competition, which featured two of his original songs. In 2010 he worked as Musical Director and banjoist with Michelle Shocked, performing throughout the US and Europe on her 2010 Roadworks Tour- commemorating the 20th anniversary of her seminal Americana album ďArkansas TravellerĒ. Jimís current music project SUPERMULE plays at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall on Thursday 2/16/12 as part of the 2012 San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival. More information about all of Jimís musical pursuits can be found at