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Helena Faust

Helena Faust


Banjo Lessons

  • Qualifications: 10 years study of Oldtime music in West Virginia
  • Pricing: $30 group lesson, $40 individual lesson
  • Styles: Clawhammer banjo
  • Suitability: All ages


Hi, After learning banjo from my father when I went to the States back in the 80s I went West Virginia where my passion and skill in banjo and old-time music continued to grow. I have taught workshops in banjo and Appalachian singing as well as performing in an awarding winning Old-time String band The Raincrows.

Now back in NZ, I perform and play square dances with Cotton Daisy Backstep and my originals and trad as The Faustians.


Teaching Info

With my training in Behaviour Analysis I teach using the scientific principles of learning. This enables me to provide a smooth, confidence building experience for my learners. I emphasize learning by ear and lessons are not heavy on music theory. Students should bring a recording device and a banjo if you have one. Lessons progress at the speed of the learners. I recommend your first lesson be an individual lesson. Beginners will be taught the basic clawhammer strum in the first lesson followed by chord changes in rhythm. Subsequent lessons focus on the clwhammer melodic elements of the pull-off, hammer-on, slide, and drop-thumb.

I teach songs and fiddle tunes traditional to the Appalachian Mountains. Students are encouraged to sing the songs if they want and play along with me on the fiddle once they have learned a tune.

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