Dan Easley

Dan E.

Harrisonburg, VA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I teach old-time clawhammer banjo in the festival style, with an emphasis on backing up fiddle tunes.

I founded and played banjo for the first two records by Ragged Mountain String Band, and was awarded 5th place in the banjo competition at the Highland County Fiddler's Convention in Monterrey, Virginia. My approach to the instrument is an attempt at synthesizing Round Peak, African-American, and Festival styles.

About Dan E.

I've been playing music since I was five years old (so, over 35 years now), beginning my 'stage career' as a saxophonist in school bands, then playing guitars, keyboards, accordions, mandolins, banjo, and bass in a variety of live acts throughout my adult life.

I've made (as of January 2020) 16 albums and 9 EPs of original music under my own name, as well as a similar amount of collaborative recordings by various projects and bands. All are available on major streaming services.

In May of 2019 I was fortunate to get to write, perform, and produce a song in collaboration with Kai Orion over a weekend at Peter Gabriel's recording studio, Real World Studios. Since then I've engaged in more musical collaborations, often online, with folks around the world. Online lessons are a part of this creative sharing, and I look forward to working with you to improve your skills and increase your fun!


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Fifth Place, Old-Time Banjo Competition
Sep 2014

4th Annual Highland County Fiddler's Convention

First Place, Pig-Calling Contest
Aug 2014

104th Annual Elkton Field Days, Elkton, VA

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