Beginning Bluegrass Banjo w/ Glenn Weiser at Blind Moose Studios

  • March 12 - April 16, 2024
  • Blind Moose Studios

    2 Conz Street
    Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
Ticket Price $30.00-$160.00 This event is now over

The Musicians Workshop Presents: 
Beginning Bluegrass Banjo w/ Glenn Weiser
at Blind Moose Studios (2 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060)
Dates: March 12th, 19th, 26th, April 2nd, 9th, 16th

Workshop Price (6 Session Bundle): $160 GA / $100 MEMBERS
Drop-in Price: $30 GA / $20 MEMBERS

Workshop Capacity: 8

This 6-week course with multi-instrumentalist and author Glenn Weiser will give you all the tools you’ll need to get started with 3-finger Scruggs-style banjo. We’ll start with single note tunes and chords, and then take up forward rolls, the engine which drives most bluegrass banjo playing. From there we’ll learn the essential right-hand techniques of hammers, pulls, and slides, and how to accompany a song with basic backup patterns.  Using classic songs of the bluegrass repertoire, we’ll also look at how to get the melody to stand out against the harmony notes, and how to arrange a vocal melody for bluegrass banjo. Students will have the option of continuing studies with Glenn privately after the classes at Blind Moose Studios in Northampton.

Meet your Instructor:

Glenn Weiser studied classical guitar in high school with Maestro Paul Battat, and later fingerstyle guitar with ragtime guitarist Eric Schoenberg. He also received instruction on mandolin from John McGann of the Berklee College of Music and pointers on blues harmonica from Jerry Portnoy, formerly of the Muddy Waters Blues Band. Now based in Connecticut, Glenn has taught students of all ages and levels how to play guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, ukulele, and electric bass for over 40 years. Acoustic Guitar magazine has called him a “master teacher.” The styles he teaches include folk, bluegrass, blues, Celtic music, old-time string band music, classical guitar, fingerstyle guitar, and classic rock. Glenn is the author of nine books on fingerstyle guitar and six books on harmonica, and has written for Acoustic Guitar and Sing Out! magazines. He has performed at festivals, coffeehouses, and other venues in the Northeast, and has two CDs of fingerstyle guitar music available. Glenn is ranked among’s 100 Top Musicians. He is also the admin of Facebook’s Celtic Guitar Group and the Bluegrass, Country and Old-Time Harmonica group.

Glenn is also available for private lessons in Northampton on all the above-named instruments and styles, with all levels taught. Contact him at 413-455-9215 or at Website:

Blind Moose Studios is located at 2 Conz St. Unit 22 Maplewood Shops, Northampton MA

Date & Time

Mar 12 - Apr 16, 2024

Venue Details

Blind Moose Studios

2 Conz Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 Blind Moose Studios
The Parlor Room