Kristin Scott Benson interview

New York banjo picker and entrepreneur Bennett Sullivan has shared this video interview with Kristin Scott Benson which he recorded when she was up in his area recently. Kristin is the banjo picker with The Grascals, and has been named Banjo Player of the Year four times by the IBMA.

In the course of the more than 18 minute discussion they talk about inspiration, teaching strategies, upcoming projects and more, which is certain to be of interest to banjo players at any level. Most imminently, news of an impending solo project in 2016 will be most welcome to her many fans.


Both Bennett and Kristin offer private lessons online. Benson takes on a limited number of students using Skype, and can be reached about lessons by email. In addition to in-person lessons, Sullivan offers a number of free banjo tutorials on his YouTube channel, including his Song of the Week series. He has also developed a number of iOS and Android apps that can help with learning to play. Find out more at his web site.

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