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Banjo Workshops and Events at BanjoTeacher.com 

"The Banjo Cruise"
15th Annual Banjo Workshop Cruise to the Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines - Independence of the Seas
Banjo Cruise

"The Banjo Safari"
Visit Africa for the experience of a life time.
Next Safari is November, 2018
Banjo Safari

"Banjo Workshop Weekends with Ross Nickerson"
Study with Ross Nickerson in a small group setting along with private tutoring in Sunny Florida.
Check here for upcoming weekends and more details.
Banjo Workshops with Ross

"Upcoming Banjo Workshops and Performances"
Ross Nickerson's Upcoming Workshop and Performance Schedule
Ross Nickerson Schedule


Dueling Banjos Video From Australia Banjo Camp and Banjo Workshop in Perth Australia
Instructors Ross Nickerson, Ian Simpson and Peter Nahuysen
Dueling Banjos, Petty Coat Junction, Foggy Mountain Breakdown

  • Banjo Cruise Information Homepage
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    The Banjo Cruise 2017

    15th Annual Banjo Workshop - Cruise to the Caribbean
    Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines - Independence of the Seas
    Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica

    Sail Date: March 6th, 2017

    Don't miss this 5 Night, 6 Day Western Caribbean Leaving from Fort Lauderdale, Florida Cruise

    Download a flyer for this years Banjo Cruise

    Read an article about the Banjo Cruise written by Peter McKay of London's Newspaper, The Daily Mail

    The cruise exceeded all expectations. I was particularly impressed withyour informal yet no nonsense style. I am planning to return!

    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.

    Jump Down To Workshop The Registration Links

    Video from The Banjo Cruise 2016

    • Superior balcony $635
    • Deluxe Balcony $612
    • Ocean view $446
    • Inside State Room $388 deck 6

    Banjo Cruise Workshops $299.00 OR $279.00 for Returning Students

    Go to the registration page for more information and to register.
    Banjo Cruise / Workshop and Cruise Registration Page

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    Rooms Available for Night Jamming!

    Banjo Rentals Available

    Banjo Rentals with Goldtone.
    Leave your banjo at home and rent a Goldtone CC-100R banjo for the entire cruise

    Tailored Instruction and Private Mentoring


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    Jump Down To Workshop The Registration Links

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    During our 2015 cruise we even found a banjo picker in Labadee

    Check out one of our students Vicki MarkAnthony jamming with the Jamaicans
    She was probably trading Scruggs style for reggae.

    If you are ready to Book now, here is the information
    Prices based on double occupancy and availability, some restrictions apply.

    A deposit of only 200.00 per person will secure a Cabin The above prices expired on December 1st Call the group department at Royal Caribbean for current cabin prices and availability.

    Royal Caribbean Bookings 1-800-465-3595 - Important:Give them our Group # 336419 so you can be included in our group activities.
    Call Banjoteacher.com at 1-866-322-6567 if you have any difficulties booking your cabin

    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

    The workshop with covers these topics and more:

    • Right and Left Hand Techniques
    • Backup Playing
    • Practice Habits and Priorities
    • Mixing Styles
    • Up the Neck Work
    • Jamming with Others
    • Rhythm and Timing
    • Playing in Different Keys and Tunings
    • Playing by Ear
    • Learning to Play Without Tablature and much more



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  • Ross Nickerson Banjo Workshops
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    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

    Banjo Camp and Workshop Reviews

    "The Banjo Cruise"
    Annual Banjo Workshop Cruise to the Caribbean
    The Banjo Cruise


    Ross Nickerson's latest banjo camp and workshop schedule

    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

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    New Release from Ross Nickerson

    "Let's Kick It "
    Click to hear sound clips
    RoundHouse
    Old Dangerfield

    Check out Ross' new CD

    Read Reviews

    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,
    April 2012

    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
    Contact-us

    .......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

    .....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
    .

    See Video from Canada's National CBC Television
    on the Nova Scotia Banjo Camp


    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.
    Bob Cameron

    More Ross Nickerson Videos

    Ross Nickerson banjo performer
    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

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    Videos / Live from Ireland and other Ross Nickerson free videos

    Tony Trishka / Ross Nickerson
    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!
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    Bela Fleck, Ross Nickerson, Tony Trischka at the 4th Annual Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival

  • Banjo Safari
    Banjo Safari

    African Photo Safari and Banjo Workshop

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    Once in a Lifetime Safari

    This might look photoshopped but its real and I was a bit frightened. Notice how I'm not holding a prewar Gibson.
    We were charged at the day before trying to get this shot. Ross
    Join me for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience traveling to Africa for an African Photo Safari. I can't tell you how excited I am to be teaming up with our professional Safari guides Kevin and Tricia Dooley on an adventure that none of us will forget for the rest of our lives.

    Visit Kevin's Idube's Safari's Website

    The Banjo Safari

    In my experience of teaching privately and traveling the world to hold group banjo workshops there has never been a destination as special as visiting Africa. We'll spend our mornings and late afternoons exploring the wildlife of South Africa, and the mid day will be filled with a banjo workshop that should be fun and rewarding. Our evenings and nights will be spent in a beautiful safari lodge, including exceptional African cuisine. The workshop will be a small group with lots of opportunity for private lessons and a relaxed atmosphere. Bring along your spouse or friend even if they don't play the banjo, the Safari alone will be an an adventure to always remember. Please contact Kevin and allow him to describe this incredible experience to you.
    I hope you will consider joining us!

    Our Next Safari is November 2018

    Non Banjo Players Welcome


    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.


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    IDUBE Photo Safaris

    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.

    Visits IDUBE's Website for lots more information

    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
    Cell 505-401-2988

    If you miss Kevin, please call Ross at 866-322-6567

  • Playing By Ear Banjo Workshops with Ross Nickerson
    Playing By Ear Banjo...

    Playing by Ear and Jamming Workshops with Ross Nickerson

    banjo sorkshopsRoss 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

    More Details and Registration Page

    ...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

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    Bela Fleck, Ross Nickerson, Tony Trischka at the 4th annual Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival

    Ross Nickerson bio page

  • Nova Scotia Banjo Camp
    Nova Scotia Banjo Camp

    Nova Scotia Banjo Lesson
    BanjoTeacher.com
    Nova Scotia
    Banjo Camp

    Questions?
    Call 1-866-322-6567

    There will be no camp scheduled for this 2016
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    Nova Scotia Banjo Camp
    General Information

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    This registration covers the full price of the 3 day workshop at Dalhousie college in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Accommodations are to be arranged through Dalhousie College. We have reserved rooms at a lower rate. Meal plans are available too. Call Dalhousie at the number provided on the BanjoTeacher.com Nova Scotia Banjo Camp pages to make your arrangements. You can also attend as a day student if you live locally or choose your own accommodations off campus.
    We do not have a Camp Scheduled for 2016
    The Nova Scotia Banjo Camp presented by BanjoTeacher.com is a three-day teaching and jamming event. The event will begin Friday later afternoon and conclude on Sunday afternoon with banjo workshop classes, jams, concerts and other activities.

    Where:
    For the first 7 years the Nova Scotia Banjo Camp had been held in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia and the camp in 2015 was held in Halifax at Dalhousie University. The Next Camp Location is to be announced.

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    This years curriculum will include Banjo Workshops for Beginner,
    Intermediate and Advanced Banjo Students

    The workshop with covers these topics and more:
    Right and Left Hand Techniques, Backup Playing, Practice Habits and Priorities, Mixing Styles, Up the Neck Work, Jamming with Others, Rhythm and Timing, Playing in Different Keys and Tunings, Playing by Ear and Learning to Play Without Tablature and much more.

    See Video from Canada's National CBC Television
    on the Nova Scotia Banjo Camp



    Read a story in Banjo Newsletter about The Nova Scotia Banjo Camp


    Read an article in the Halifax Herald about The Nova Scotia Banjo Camp


    Download a free flyer for The Nova Scotia Banjo Camp


    Message from the Director, Ross Nickerson

    I want to stress that the workshops will be for all skill levels, this Banjo Camp will not be for just advanced students! In fact many students will be in the beginning and intermediate skill level categories. Any advanced students that attend will also be given special attention with their own class taught to them with their present skill level in mind. The classes will be split into groups where students are close to the same level of proficiency with the instructors rotating to the different groups. This approach will ensure that each student will have an opportunity to work with each instructor with their present skill level in mind. It's important to note that the students themselves will choose the skill level group they want to be in. No students will be forced to audition or be judged by the faculty to belong in a certain skill level group. Students have a good idea where they will be most comfortable and you will not be asked to be in a group you are not happy with. The workshops are about you, the student. It is very important to me as the director that you find great benefit in the instruction and leadership of the faculty as well as the class curriculum. It is also important to me that you feel comfortable to learn, as well as not feeling judged or have any of that type of additional pressure put on you.
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    Location

    Dalhousie University is located in the south end of Halifax, about a half hour drive from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and a 15-minute walk to downtown.
    Historic, ivy-covered buildings and well-kept grounds provide a beautiful and inspiring learning environment

    Airport shuttle
    - If you are arriving by air, uou can take the shuttle to downtown Halifax and from there take a taxi to Dalhousie University,

    Airport Taxi
    - Most taxi companies servicing the airport charge a flat rate of $60 to travel to the city.

    Things to do in Halifax

    Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

    Nova Scotia Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival
    Fisherman’s Cove
    Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
    Blue Diamond Tours
    Halifax Public Gardens
    Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

    Seeing the sights
    Metro Transit - If you plan on travelling around Halifax, check out bus schedules and route maps
    FRED - During the summer, Metro Transit offers free service in the downtown area

    Ross Nickerson new recording/Click to listen
    Under the Double Eagle

    Reveiws on Ross Nickerson workshops

    Contact us at info@banjoteacher.com
    or call 1-866-322-6567 or 941-441-5249
    if more information or help is needed about the workshops curriculum
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