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Gourd Banjo Making with Jeff Menzies

Jeff Menzies has been teaching gourd banjo making for over 20 years, and we are so excited that he is bringing his skills to Nashville for two one-week long workshops in July of 2018.   High quality, all natural building materials, procured locally by Jeff in his home in Kingston, Jamaica, will be provided.  Students will be walked through each and every stage of making a banjo.  Each finished instrument will be professionally set up and will last for a lifetime of playing. A historical overview of the banjo will also be covered, as well as many discussions of instrument set up and repair.  Students are free to make a gourd banjo, tackhead banjo, or an akonting, and the style and form of each banjo will be completely customized to each student's needs and aesthetics.  Absolutely no woodworking experience is required.

Jeff will be joined by Nashville's own J.P. Harris, who will provide further personal attention to each student.  These workshops have a limited enrollment and will be offered on a first come first served basis.  Cost for each workshop is $795, which includes a $200 non-refundable deposit to be paid upon enrollment.