Ryan Cavanaugh banjo workshop online

The Banjo Lounge will be hosting an online workshop with progressive banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh on December 17 at 3:00 p.m. (EST) The workshop will be conducted using their online chat system, and there is no charge to join the proceedings.

The expected topics are described thusly on their site.

Ryan hopes to cover creativity, improvising, diatonic chords, the importance of blues and the minor pentatonic scale in modern bluegrass and our banjo heritage.

To participate, simply visit The Banjo Lounge chat at the appointed time.

Ryan has been touring of late in a unique fusion band, fronted by jazz saxophonist Bill Evans, called Soulgrass. The music is a fascinating merging of acoustic string and bluegrass themes with jazz and fusion lines, all in a jazz rhythm section. Ryan’s playing works beautifully in this environment.

You can hear samples of Ryan’s music on his MySpace page, and of Soulgrass on the Bill Evans site.

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