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Peter Somerville Banjo Academy

Peter Somerville Banjo Academy Banjo and guitar tuition in Thornbury and Blackburn. 35 years experience. Beginners to advanced welc Peter is a highly regarded 5-string banjo player in Melbourne, Victoria.

He has played and extensively recorded bluegrass, clawhammer and Celtic banjo in the bands , The Blue Mountain String Band, The Rank Strangers, The Somervilles and Uncle Bill, of which he was a founding member, and whose collaborative Smoke album, with Paul Kelly, was released to wide acclaim in 1999. Peter has performed at major festivals both nationally and internationally, including Port Fairy,

He has played and extensively recorded bluegrass, clawhammer and Celtic banjo in the bands , The Blue Mountain String Band, The Rank Strangers, The Somervilles and Uncle Bill, of which he was a founding member, and whose collaborative Smoke album, with Paul Kelly, was released to wide acclaim in 1999. Peter has performed at major festivals both nationally and internationally, including Port Fairy,

Operating as usual

21/07/2022

Last Chance

26/03/2022
Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill on the 5+1 with junior on guitar

04/02/2022

Hell and Scissors. A strange name for a strange tune. Still getting used to my new toy here but I love that low string

Yes banjo is the answer! How about a banjo lessons voucher for that special person for Xmas?  I can provide.
26/11/2021

Yes banjo is the answer! How about a banjo lessons voucher for that special person for Xmas? I can provide.

24/10/2021

I’m excited to get back to in person teaching this week! At Blackburn on Wednesday, and at thornbury Monday, Tuesday Thursday. Give us a call !
0439490716. Also have a couple for good cheap banjos for sale.

31/08/2021

A few weeks ago a student asked me if you could play jigs in clawhammer style. As I’ve been playing them 3 finger style for years so I’d never got around to it in ‘claw’. So I looked into it and with a lot of work I’ve learnt a couple of tunes. Here’s ‘Banish Fortune’. I caught withheld student Catherine Rutten recently and turned out she was interested in 3/4 time - so much easier! But I enjoyed the challenge in lockdown.

22/08/2021

Hi folks, I’m offering free one-off online banjo lessons for new students. Clawhammer or 3 finger styles, absolute beginners to advanced, for instance, I love getting people going on the basic bum ditty clawhammer or advanced techniques such jigs. Maybe lockdown is the time to discover the magic that is the banjo!
Reply here or message or 0439490716

16/06/2021

Here’s salt creek on a banjo for sale. Just $300 with hard case, virtually new and sounding great. I’ve set it up, 5th string spikes etc .

A track off our first CD. and a new recording is coming out soon. I have some times available for lessons and also a goo...
19/04/2021
Baby Please Don’t Go

A track off our first CD. and a new recording is coming out soon.
I have some times available for lessons and also a good student banjo for sale. call me now! 0439490716
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJO1A93grh4

Provided to YouTube by CDBabyBaby Please Don’t Go · The Burning BridgesDown This Old Road℗ 2017 The Burning BridgesReleased on: 2017-06-23Auto-generated by Y...

14/09/2020
Before I Met You

Playing in F no capo. Gee I’m looking forward to getting back to teaching banjo again in person one day. In the meantime, let me know if anyone wants a video lesson. Also have a couple of good start up banjos for sale if you’re within 5ks.

16/08/2020
The Burning Bridges

Tune in eh?

Here's a new song about all the stuff we wish we could be doing
Roadhoggin' tailgatin' fishtailin' roadragin' ... here we still are.

12/08/2020

Going stir crazy in lockdown? I know I am. How about some online banjo lessons? Beginners to advanced, clawhammer and bluegrass styles.
And if you are financially up that creek, ie lost your job, no charge.

17/07/2020

I’ve done THE RESPONSIBLE THING and quit in person lessons til things improve but online lessons are a viable alternative and perhaps you’ve got more time than usual to practice so give us a hoy if interested. 0439490716 or message.

Brand new Caraya for sale. $335. It comes with a resonator which I’ve removed because I reckon it sounds better as an op...
17/05/2020

Brand new Caraya for sale. $335. It comes with a resonator which I’ve removed because I reckon it sounds better as an open back. Soft case. Nice no Knott tailpiece, 5th string hooks and set up with ideal action, head tension etc. it’s a cheap style but sounds really good, ideal as a first banjo or a second one - you can’t have too many banjos. Great for clawhammer and fine for 3 finger if you don’t mind a more mellow sound.

Brand new Bryden for sale. $325. It comes with a resonator which I’ve removed because I reckon it sounds better as an op...
07/05/2020

Brand new Bryden for sale. $325. It comes with a resonator which I’ve removed because I reckon it sounds better as an open back. Soft case. Nice no Knott tailpiece, 5th string hooks and set up with ideal action, head tension etc. it’s a cheap style but sounds really good, ideal as a first banjo or a second one - you can’t have too many banjos. Great for clawhammer and fine for 3 finger if you don’t mind a more mellow sound. I also have another similar one for sale

30/01/2020

I've just started teaching 5 string again after a holiday. Various times available. Wednesdays I teach at Blackburn, other days/evenings Thornbury. Beginners to advanced, clawhammer and 3 finger style. Give us a call! 0439490716

05/12/2019

i still have a couple of banjos for sale, the Caraya for $470, it's a gibson copy, and the Fender aluminium body one $300. New banjos. They both sound great, 5th string hooks installed and ideal action. Marvelous xmas presents!

11/10/2019

New fender banjo, upgraded tailpiece, 5th string hooks, set up with ideal action and sounding great. $300 , call me! About $400 from a shop without the set up or decent tailpiece.

I had a great time being part of this production. Wonderful musicians to work with and a great score written by Steve Ma...
07/10/2019
New photo by Making Music

I had a great time being part of this production. Wonderful musicians to work with and a great score written by Steve Martin- what a talented guy.

Since I took up banjo my life has been like this album cover
23/09/2019

Since I took up banjo my life has been like this album cover

Banjo for sale. Lovely old Japanese masterclone. Sounds great. $600 . Give us a call or email if interested in checking ...
22/08/2019

Banjo for sale. Lovely old Japanese masterclone. Sounds great. $600 . Give us a call or email if interested in checking out. Also have a couple of cheap cheap start out banjos , one with a cut out for flailing.

09/08/2019

Here’s a bit of salt creek on a low tuned banjo. Is it possible to have too many banjos?? Nah!

20/05/2019

Here’s a video of a banjo I’m selling

Here’s a banjo I have for sale. I’ve done a major set up job and I reckon it’s pretty dam good. An angled scooped neck s...
20/05/2019

Here’s a banjo I have for sale. I’ve done a major set up job and I reckon it’s pretty dam good. An angled scooped neck so nice for clawhammer but you can still play the highest notes if needed. 5th string hooks. Ideal action and head tension, a no knot tailpiece, geared 5th peg, a better bridge than the one it came with . $300 with soft case. Someone please buy before I keep playing it and make a new banjo look second hand

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54 Collins St Thornbury 3071
Melbourne, VIC
3071

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Tuesday 10am - 9pm
Wednesday 10am - 9pm
Thursday 10am - 9pm
Friday 10am - 9pm

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Sugar Hill on the 5+1 with junior on guitar
The Kenny Baker version of Dry and Dusty.
Hell and Scissors. A strange name for a strange tune. Still getting used to my new toy here but I love that low string
Yes banjo is the answer! How about a banjo lessons voucher for that special person for Xmas? I can provide.
I’m excited to get back to in person teaching this week! At Blackburn on Wednesday, and at thornbury Monday, Tuesday Thursday. Give us a call ! 0439490716. Also have a couple for good cheap banjos for sale.
A few weeks ago a student asked me if you could play jigs in clawhammer style. As I’ve been playing them 3 finger style for years so I’d never got around to it in ‘claw’. So I looked into it and with a lot of work I’ve learnt a couple of tunes. Here’s ‘Banish Fortune’. I caught withheld student Catherine Rutten recently and turned out she was interested in 3/4 time - so much easier! But I enjoyed the challenge in lockdown.
Hi folks, I’m offering free one-off online banjo lessons for new students. Clawhammer or 3 finger styles, absolute beginners to advanced, for instance, I love getting people going on the basic bum ditty clawhammer or advanced techniques such jigs. Maybe lockdown is the time to discover the magic that is the banjo! Reply here or message or 0439490716
Here’s salt creek on a banjo for sale. Just $340 with hard case, virtually new and sounding great. I’ve set it up, 5th string spikes etc .
https://youtu.be/22vK1G-AVms this is fantastic! Check out the rhythm, sorta 3/4 over 4/4
https://petersomerville.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-morning-glow doing a bit of marketing. Better late than never? Have a listen if you haven't already heard it.
A track off our first CD. and a new recording is coming out soon. I have some times available for lessons and also a good student banjo for sale. call me now! 0439490716 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJO1A93grh4
Playing in F no capo. Gee I’m looking forward to getting back to teaching banjo again in person one day. In the meantime, let me know if anyone wants a video lesson. Also have a couple of good start up banjos for sale if you’re within 5ks.
Going stir crazy in lockdown? I know I am. How about some online banjo lessons? Beginners to advanced, clawhammer and bluegrass styles. And if you are financially up that creek, ie lost your job, no charge.
I’ve done THE RESPONSIBLE THING and quit in person lessons til things improve but online lessons are a viable alternative and perhaps you’ve got more time than usual to practice so give us a hoy if interested. 0439490716 or message.
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