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Issue #123 - December 31, 2013
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Eric Schlange
Eric Schlange
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Greetings, pickers! It's another beautiful day in banjo-land. Here in Northern California the sun is shining and flowers are blooming. Time to start pickin' on the porch!

Be sure to check out the new "The Librarian and the Banjo" film below. It's a fascinating story of a librarian who forever changed our understanding of the banjo's roots!

African Photo Safari Banjo Workshop

Ross Nickerson at School Visit A once-in-a-lifetime small group big adventure! Professional Safari guides Kevin and Tricia Dooley take you on a complete African safari complete with abundant wildlife, exotic African lodge, and a village/school visit.

Great price includes daily banjo workshops with Ross Nickerson of Non banjo players always welcome.
Call now, Safari is filling up fast!
November 2-10, 2013

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Learn for Less!
Two DVD Set: Learn To Play Clawhammer Banjo

Get ready to frail! Bob Carlin builds technique from the ground up, covering all the chords, scales, tunings, right-hand essentials and other basics.

40% off this week @ BHO Video Lessons promo code BANJHANG1
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Win Acoustic Music Camp Tuition!

Once again we're partnering up with Acoustic Music Camp for a tuition giveaway. In Arlington, TX August 8-10, 2013, this three-day music camp is for acoustic musicians and teaches Mandolin, Bluegrass & Clawhammer Banjo, Guitar, Bass, Fiddle, Songwriting, Vocals / Harmony, Dobro and Fingerstyle Guitar.

Learn to make better music in a friendly, supportive environment! Small class sizes with hands-on instruction and an emphasis on fun is what you can expect at Acoustic Music Camp.

Two hours of pure banjo help: try a Wernick DVD

Two DVDs DVDs are the best learning tools around. Play anywhere, anytime! Close-ups, slow repeats, accompanying tab, organized, time-tested teaching. Pete makes it easy!
The Librarian and The Banjo

The Librarian and The Banjo

The Librarian and the Banjo is a one-hour documentary which was just released about the life and legacy of a Milwaukee-born music librarian who proved that the banjo came from Africa with the slaves. Her work shattered long-held stereotypes and laid the groundwork for a remarkable revival of black string band music.

Filmmaker and longtime BHO member Jim Carrier produced it as a labor of love. I encourage everyone to buy the DVD (and enter the raffle!) to hear this remarkable story!

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Whatever you decide to buy, Del, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks to Pete Wernick for sponsoring the drawing!
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