"The Banjo Cruise"
15th Annual Banjo Workshop Cruise to the Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines - Independence of the Seas
"The Banjo Safari"
Visit Africa for the experience of a life time.
Next Safari is November, 2018
"Banjo Workshop Weekends with Ross Nickerson"
Study with Ross Nickerson in a small group setting along wit...
The Banjo Cruise Workshop is held in a large private conference room that is essentially sound proof and separate from all other passengers. The workshop takes place during the days we are at sea so you can visit all ports and still have plenty of time for fun with your spouse, family or friends while on the cruise. The class sizes are small ensuring that each student receives the assistance and encouragement they need. The learning experience Ross Nickerson offers is always intended to be an enjoyable and supportive environment for all.If you have any questions about the Banjo Cruise Workshop call Ross on his direct line at 1-866-322-6567.
Rooms Available for Night Jamming
The cruise exceeded all expectations. I was particularly impressed with your informal yet no nonsense style. I am planning to return!
Thank you so much for creating such a positive learning experience and atmosphere. I can't say enough good things about what I learned at the workshop.
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Cabin Prices we reserved at a lower rate EXPIRE NOV 27th at 7PM
If you are ready to book CALL NOW
Royal Caribbean Bookings 1-800-465-3595 - Group # 2719391
Important: Provide them our Group # 2719391 to be included in our group activities and for group amenities.
You can book anytime between now and March 1st but Cabin prices change based on availability.
You can reserve your Cabin with Royal Caribbean with a $500 deposit
Banjo Cruise Workshops $299.00 OR $279.00 for Returning Students
BanjoTeacher.com 1-866-322-6567 for workshop questions or if you have any difficulties booking your cabin with Royal Caribbean.
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Banjo Rentals with Goldtone
Leave your banjo at home and rent a Goldtone banjo for the cruise. I've worked out an arrangement with the president of Goldtone Banjos, Wayne Rogers Email us if you have questions about the banjo rentals or call 866-322-6567.
Goldtone Banjo Rentals - $80.00
During our 2015 cruise we even found a banjo picker in LabadeeCheck out one of our students Vicki MarkAnthony jamming with the Jamaicans
If you have workshop questions or need any assistance booking, please call us anytime at 1-866-322-6567.
Booking the Banjo Workshop Workshop cost is for students only, not friends, spouses or family members.
Booking the workshop can be done after booking your cabin. Call us at 866-322-6567 or book online with the link below.
It's important to Book early. Prices can go up based on availability
It's going to be a lot of fun!
Ross Nickerson Banjo Camps and Workshops
Ross has been helping banjo students of all levels and backgrounds with private banjo lessons and seminars for 40 years. He has held group workshops in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.
Ross Nickerson's Banjo Camps and workshops focus on learning to play banjo by ear, jamming with others, learning more about using chords and chord progressions, basic improvising and learning to play without tablature. Ross specializes in breaking down the many common obstacles unique to learning 5-string bluegrass banjo into simple, practical terms. Ross really takes aim at the subjects that are hard to learn from books no matter how comprehensive the book and aspects of the banjo learning process that he knows are often missed in private banjo lessons.
There are many other topics covered including exercises and drills, picking, timing, memorizing with muscle memory, practice habits, developing , jamming skills, and banjo backup!
This workshop will be ideal for intermediate students who need to raise their skill level and get more direction. Beginners can come and take notes and should come away from the workshop inspired with a much clearer understanding of what needs to be done. Ross will find ways to challenge more advanced players and make sure they come away with some new understanding, licks and tips.
Space is limited, please register early to reserve your spot!
Playing by Ear, Learning to Play with Others and Jam, Skill Building, Reducing Dependency on Banjo Tablature, Banjo Practice Habits and covering other common challenges in the Banjo learning process.
The workshops are for beginner and intermediate banjo players.
Banjo Camp and Workshop Information
"The Banjo Cruise"
Annual Banjo Workshop Cruise to the Caribbean
The Banjo Cruise
African Photo Safari and Banjo Workshop
Can you believe this? A full African Safari and Banjo workshop combined into a once in a life time experience. Spend your mornings and late afternoons exploring the wildlife of South Africa, and your mid day will be filled with a banjo workshop that will be fun and rewarding.
Next scheduled workshop is November 2nd - 12th, 2018
The Banjo Safari
New Release from Ross Nickerson
"Let's Kick It "
Click to hear sound clips
Check out Ross' new CD
Straight ahead banjo playing featuring Ross Nickerson and members of the band, Blue Highway, Rob Ickes on Dobro, Shawn Lane Mandolin/Fiddle, Tim Stafford, Guitar and Wayne Taylor Bass. 14 songs in all.
Ross Nickerson featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter,
Ross Nickerson "Twenty Questions" Interview Bluegrass Seeds Magazine
Student comments and testimonials on what they learned at Ross's 5-string banjo bluegrass workshops
.....I was at the Midwest Banjo Camp - Lansing, MI, last June and watched you play banjo on Saturday evening. You play amazingly well. My daughter
and I had never seen anyone play a banjo so cleanly and with such speed before. You are really a gifted artist.
.......I learned more from you at your clinic than I did at the two other clinics I've attended combined! That you are the best instructor around was reinforced after meeting you in person
Student comments and testimonials on what they learned at Ross's 5-string banjo bluegrass workshops
Ross Nickerson workshops are designed to target the part of the banjo learning process that is hard to learn from books, private lessons and other ways of "teaching yourself". Throughout his many years of experience giving private lessons, writing books, recording DVDs and traveling to give workshops, Ross has developed a firm grasp on the difficulties students face moving forward. Ross works with students on creating good habits in practice, building the skills needed to play songs, how to play with others, the most important areas of focus while simplifying the process overall for students.
Check our workshop schedule for the latest workshops
You can sign up for workshops or get more information about upcoming workhops by calling 1-866-322-6567
Student comments on what they learned at Ross's 5-string banjo bluegrass workshops
...... Despite knowing of your reputation, and having attended last year’s clinic here in Somerset, I was very gratefully impressed with how much I was able to take away from this year’s lessons. You have a tremendous ability to pinpoint weak areas, but, more importantly, you were able to offer multiple suggestions to address problem areas. You were able to seamlessly integrate basics like picking technique, rolls, and chords with more advanced techniques in backup, playing leads from chords, and ways to relieve my malignant stage fright. It must be difficult to critique adults who have made the banjo such an important part of their lives. However, I never felt you were patronizing with your comments and corrections, and your admonishment to “push myself” mechanically and musically was exactly what I needed. After our session I had a renewed zeal for practice, with multiple tools and techniques to advance. I haven’t been this excited about practicing and playing in a very long time. I have been to other online instructional sites and various clinics and I am 100% convinced that your site and your personal instruction are the best out there. I would most strongly encourage anyone interested in playing (or in advancing their skill on) the banjo to take advantage of the multiple tools available through your web site and/or to attend one of your clinics. Nothing comes close to the “return on the dollar” they will get from your various teaching methods. ....... On a more personal note, I can play Salt Creek down the neck from rolls and chord changes alone. Doing the same up the neck is a little harder. I have been practicing your suggestions to overcome stage fright, and I will test them at tomorrow night’s performance. I am signing up for the instructional cruise as soon as I finish this and look forward to seeing you then. Many thanks again for all that you have done to help get more enjoyment from the banjo.
More Ross Nickerson Videos
Ultimate Banjo - Compilation CD on Pinecastle Records
Featuring Two Ross Nickerson Songs
Other Banjo players featured on the CD are Earl Scruggs, Sonny Osborne, Eddie Adcock, Greg Cahill, Pete Wernick, Scott Vestal, David McLaughlin, Kristin Scott Benson, Jeff Murray, Jim Mills, and Aaron McDaris. CDs
Videos / Live from Ireland and other Ross Nickerson free videos
Ross Nickerson, Tony Trischka at concert in Somerset, KY
10th Annual Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival
September 23rd - 26th, 2010
Ross will be here again this year!
Bela Fleck, Ross Nickerson, Tony Trischka at the 4th Annual Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival
After an interview and ‘Meet and Greet’ session, your Banjo work shop will be custom designed to fit the needs and desires of the group. The workshops will last approx 1 to 1.5 hours per day with hands on experience and teaching. The workshop will take place during mid-day between your morning and evening game drives.
With over 28 years as a working professional photographer, and over 15 years safari experience, Kevin Dooley will lead you on a lifetime experience and teach you how to create the memories that go along with it. You will also have the in country experience of Kevin’s wife Tricia Dooley, born and raised in South Africa, Tricia has all the advantages and benefits that only a native of the country can have.
IDUBE Photo Safaris specializes in an adventure that combines five star accommodations, large concentrations of wildlife, expert guides, small groups of five to ten people, and photographic training for all levels of interest.
Your Photographic Safari will include lots of great food, comfortable and safe accommodations, daily game drives, time for relaxing and enjoying the lodge and its many benefits, shopping, and daily optional lectures in wildlife photography.
Article by Ross Nickerson about the Banjo Safari
Even though the price for this adventure is not inexpensive,
Kevin has worked to lower the price considerably.
Call Kevin and ask questions or book the Safari
Contact Kevin Dooley 505-345-6322
toll free: 877-770-6322
If you miss Kevin, please call Ross at 866-322-6567
Ross Nickerson has launched a new series of workshops focusing on playing banjo by ear, jamming with others, learning more about using chords, basic improvising and learning to play without tablature Ross specializes in breaking down the many common obstacles unique to learning 5-string bluegrass banjo into simple practical terms.
Other topics covered include exercises and drills, picking, timing, memorizing, improvising, jamming skills, and backup! This workshop will be ideal for intermediate students who need to raise their skill level and get more direction. Beginners can come and take notes and should come away from the workshop inspired with a much clearer understanding of what needs to be done.
Ross will find ways to challenge more advanced players and make sure they come away with some new understanding, licks and tips. Space is limited, please register early to reserve your spot!
Banjo Workshop - Indianapolis, Indiana
November 12th - Saturday 1 to 5PM
Location: Arthur's Music Store 931 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
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...Hello Ross, I just wanted to say thanks for the workshop you held in Atlanta. It was exactly what I needed and I think everyone else there felt the same way. The way you were able to tailor the workshop to fit everyone's needs was very impressive.
.....Wow! What a great time I had and hearing you play was truly an unforgettable experience. I taught Banjo for 15 years in Charlotte, NC (from 1975 to 1990) You are both a fantastic player and a wonderful teacher. I look forward to your next session in our area and will look for you in April at the Smokey Mountain Banjo Workshop if I can get there. Take care.........Don Bruton
...I took one of his workshops some months ago in Phoenix. First time I ever met him. Wow. I would consider myself an intermediate player, and he gave more than my moneys worth.
...With all the tips, that was fantastic, but what impressed me most is his absolute dedication to everyone at the workshop getting what they want from it. He'll ask everybody what they want, make a list, and then keep re-checking the list to make sure EVERYBODY is satisfied and happy. More Workshop Reviews
Testimonial from Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys.
"The main thing I learned is that I have so much more to learn!! It was a great time really. A four hour banjo class and a jam afterwards. Ross Nickerson is incredible! One of the worlds best. I plan to hook up with him for some private lessons while in Tuscon later on this year.
More testimonials on past workshops
Bela Fleck, Ross Nickerson, Tony Trischka at the 4th annual Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival
ST Pete Beach Banjo Camp
Annual Banjo Workshop weekend in Sunny St Pete Beach Florida!
The Academy of Performance Arts with Ross Nickerson
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Banjo camp seminar and group banjo lesson workshop in the USA for bluegrass 5-string banjo in Florida at sunny St Pete Beach. This is an annual Florida banjo event and held during the winter months for locals,winter residents and students who want to escape the cold while improving their banjo playing, and having fun doing it.
There will be no camp scheduled for this 2016