Keith Harmon2018-07-20T23:09:53+00:00

INSTRUMENTS

  • 5-String Banjo

EDUCATION

  • BA from Western Washington University (in progress)

SERVICES

  • Scruggs and Melodic picking styles (any level)
  • Single String picking style (intermediate)
  • Nashville Numbering System
  • Arranging for Bluegrass Groups

BIO

Bluegrass music has always been a tradition in Keith’s family, but he did not pick up the Banjo until he was 16. He started providing his first music lessons in 2007 while he toured with Inland Northwest Bluegrass Band, Northern Underground. During Keith’s time with Northern Underground, he established a reputation in the Inland Northwest bluegrass community as a solid instrumentalist known for his improvisational abilities and flexible playing style.

From 2009 to 2015, Keith spent his free time networking with the Bluegrass community in the Colorado Springs, CO area where he established a reputation in the jam scene as a versatile and melodic banjo player. In 2015, Keith and his family relocated to Bellingham, WA. Since then Keith has worked to re-immerse himself in the music of the banjo and has integrated himself into the bluegrass jam scene in the area.

Keith is well versed in traditional three-finger “Scruggs” style and Melodic “Keith” style banjo playing. His playing is influenced by traditional and contemporary bluegrass, classic rock, alternative, new acoustic, folk, jazz and much more. His desire is to see the banjo developed beyond its traditional role while maintaining a respect for its origins.

INFLUENCES

Bela Fleck (and the Flecktones), Tony Rice, Tony Trischka, Chris Thile, Django Reinhardt, Earl Scruggs, Leo Kottke, The Allman Brothers, Thelonious Monk, Blue Oyster Cult, The Doobie Brothers, Explosions in the Sky, Protest the Hero, The Infamous Stringdusters, Punch Brothers, Bach, Led Zeppelin, Mark O’Connor, etc…

CURRENT PROJECTS

Keith currently spends his free musical time transcribing non-traditional music to the banjo, creating instructional tablature, and jamming with other local bluegrass musicians.