Tim Osmond
Andrew Galloway

Fall is a Great Time to Woodshed!

No experience or knowledge of musical theory required!

Beginner Bluegrass Banjo with Tim Osmond


For the Clawhammer class with Andrew Galloway, click here

Bluegrass music: it’s country and folk music supercharged with the drive of the five-string banjo. This interactive seminar teaches solid, foundational concepts that will leave you with a comprehensive understanding of the bluegrass banjo style. Whether you are new to playing an instrument or you would just like to brush up your skills as a musician, you can count on coming away from this with some new playing techniques and a few songs under your belt. Hey, it’s easier to learn than guitar; there’s one less string, and you only really need to fret four of them anyway!

Elements divided into six, one-hour classes
  • Right hand technique
  • Rolls and how to use them
  • How and why chords work
  • The banjo fingerboard
  • playing up the neck
  • Locating melody notes
  • Common licks you can use
  • Assembling solos
  • Playing in different tunings
  • Improving speed and clarity
  • Using a capo
  • Sub styles of three finger banjo
  • Little Maggie, Pretty Polly and The Mixolydian scale
  • Practice tips
  • Playing with others and jamming (put away that sheet music!)

Beginner Clawhammer Banjo with Andrew Galloway


Far older, though now overshadowed by its upstart younger sibling, clawhammer banjo remains an alternative option for those seeking a gentler, more melodic sound.

Simply put: clawhammer describes a method of playing where the strings are struck using the back of your index or middle finger nail, then alternately plucked with your thumb. This is in comparison to 3-finger style, where the strings are all plucked individually by the thumb, index, and middle fingers. The term ‘clawhammer’ refers both to the shape of your hand as you play (claw-like), and the way that you strike the strings (by hammering them).

Clawhammer banjo is most closely associated with ‘old-time’ tunes and traditional American music, although the style can be applied equally to contemporary genres and songs. It is typically played on open-back banjos, which emphasize its mellow tone and are in keeping with the instruments used by its creators.


I also teach private one-on-one lessons online or in person out of the Crescent Fort Rouge United Church at 525 Wardlaw St. in Winnipeg, MB.

Lessons offered
  • Bluegrass style banjo
  • Clawhammer style banjo
  • Squareneck Dobro slide
  • Acoustic Guitar in the folk, bluegrass, country style
  • Jam around the campfire
  • Play along with the radio
  • Learn to read tablature and play by ear

No experience or knowledge of musical theory required!

The music of traditional bluegrass, old-time music, blues and country offers many simple chord progressions that act as a springboard into other styles. Learn the foundations of music through listening to recordings and practicing instrumental techniques.