Avram Siegel

Avram Siegel is regarded as one of the most original banjo players to emerge from the California bluegrass scene. His bluesy, syncopated rhythm is always fresh and exciting while capturing the essence of the traditional Scruggs style. For over 45 years he has taught regularly and performed in a wide variety of bands, from the Grant Street String Band to the Vern Williams Band and Peter Rowan. He has performed, toured, and recorded with two of California’s most exciting bands, True Blue (with Del Williams and Ed Neff) and the Kathy Kallick Band. Avram has extensive training, both academic and practical, and has developed a detailed and comprehensive teaching method that has turned out some of California’s most popular and successful young musicians. Besides teaching privately, and regularly teaching workshops at festivals and in the Freight and Salvage’s educational program, Avram has taught at many of the finest music camps on the west coast. He currently teaches regular ongoing jam classes and periodically offers classes on harmony (music theory) and the fingerboard, band clinics, bluegrass harmony singing, and various other music workshops. He has also released a detailed beginning banjo DVD on Music Star Productions.

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