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5 String Banjo with Mark Petteys (Ida Viper)
Swedish American Hall
San Francisco, CA
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5 String Banjo with Mark Petteys (Ida Viper)
San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival Workshop

This workshop is designed for banjo players who seek to learn to play by ear. Learning to hear chord changes along with essential banjo rolls is emphasized. Playing these essential banjo rolls in several different keys is addressed in terms of a broad scope of songs and rhythms. Backup playing and lead playing are discussed as chords, chord modulations and chord transpositions. Music theory is discussed in the context of these methods and participants will receive workshop handouts with music--tablature and diagrams.

Mark Petteys grew up in Eastern Oregon and played throughout the U.S. as a teenager. He has performed at McCabes in Los Angeles, The National Old-Time Fiddle Festival in Idaho, and played with Tex Williams, Grandpa Jones, Tiny Moore, Mark OConnor and the Country Gazette. In the 1980s he performed in a duo, Mark and Joey (McKenzie -World Fiddle Champion) for many years in the Portland area. He was the Northwest Regional Banjo Champion in 1984. In 2005 he formed Ida Viper, a bluegrass and western swing band with mandolinist Brian Oberlin. More on Mark at and



Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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