This will be a practical, easy to understand “hands-on, bring your banjo and let’s pick” kind of workshop covering practical and easy to learn techniques that you can put to immediate use to hold in your next band rehearsal or jam session. Topics to be discussed include navigating the fretboard using movable chord shapes for vamping, up-the-neck backup using the F and D shapes and the “In The Mood” roll, down-the-neck backup using forward rolls and target tones, how to use Earl Scruggs’ great backup licks to enhance your sound, how to “hear” chord progressions, using the capo to play in different keys and back-up aesthetics (when to do what!). Tab examples will be presented for everything that will be covered in the session but it’s not necessary to read tab well to get a lot out of this workshop. This workshop is open to all levels of students but is ideal for those with one or more years of playing experience who are ready to start playing bluegrass with others. Audio and/or video recording is encouraged.