Private Lessons:

I teach bluegrass (Scruggs/3-finger picking) and clawhammer (oldtime) styles of the 5-string banjo privately in Ladysmith, BC. If you are further away but interested in lessons, I also offer Skype/Facetime and Distance (personalized email) lessons. Please email me at shantibanti@yahoo.com for more info, rates or to set up a lesson.


Upcoming Workshops:

Past Workshops:


July 25-31, 2015–BC Fiddle ‘Treat, Gavin Lake, BC

September 11-15, 2015: Vancouver Island Music Workshop, Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, BC


July 27-August 1, 2014–BC Fiddle ‘Treat, Gavin Lake, BC

August 24-29, 2014–NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old Time Workshop, teaching intermediate clawhammer banjo. Sorrento, BC

September 5-7, 2014–Vancouver Island Music Workshop, teaching bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, Nanoose Bay, BC

December 14, 2014: 11am-1pm “Getting to Love the ‘Gnome’ ” – Metronome workshop & 3:30pm-5:30 “Songs for the Holiday Season” – jam some holiday favourites, and practice taking solos. $35 each. Email shantibanti@yahoo.com to register.


February 16, 2013–“Finding the Melody on Your Banjo” for Scruggs and Clawhammer styles. 2pm-4pm. $20 for VBA members, $25 for non-members.

June 9-13, 2013–Clawhammer Banjo at Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Camp, Whitehorse, Y.K.

June 15, 2013–Banjo workshop at Sooke River Bluegrass Festival, Sooke, B.C.

September 6-8, 2013– Banjo at the Vancouver Island Music Workshop, Parksville, B.C.


February 11, 2012: Metronome Workshop, Victoria Bluegrass Association, Victoria, B.C.

February, 2012: Mondays, 6:45-9:00pm, Bluegrass Jamming I, Larsen School of Music, Victoria, B.C.

March, 2012: Mondays, 6:45-9:00pm, Bluegrass Jamming II, Larsen School of Music, Victoria, B.C.

March 18, 2012: 10am-noon, Intro to Clawhammer Banjo, Victoria, B.C.

March 25, 2012: 10am-noon, Intro to Bluegrass Banjo, Victoria, B.C.

August 13-August 17, 2012: Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music camp, Ness Creek, S.K. Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

August 26-August 31, 2012: NimbleFingers Bluegrass and Old Time Workshop, Sorrento, B.C. Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

September 7-9, 2012: Vancouver Island Music Workshop, Parksville, B.C. Bluegrass and Clawhammer Banjo

September 22, 2012: Two workshops at Dusty Strings. 10:15-12:15 Learning to Love the Gnome (Metronome for Banjo Players) and 1:15-3:15, Gnomes for Bands (any instrument). Dusty Strings, Seattle, WA. www.dustystrings.com

October 13, 2012: Workshop at Old Town School of Folk Music, 1pm-2:50, Chicago, IL http://www.oldtownschool.org/


June 25: Intro to Bluegrass Workshop, at Larsen School of Music, Victoria, B.C.

August 28-September 2: British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop (BCBW), Sorrento, B.C.

Nov 5-Nov 26: Bluegrass Jam Class, Larsen School of Music, Victoria, B.C.