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Lessons with Claudio Parravicini

Claudio Parravicini can teach you, starters and more advaced players, the necessary skills to develop your playing and techniques.

Additionally, he can help you learn your favorite playing style, e.g., Scruggs, Melodic or Single String, the basics of right and left hand technique, music theory, and more; encouraging you to become a better player and most imporant, allowing you to have more fun while playing.

Also, he can teach you to play your banjo in multiple genres such as bluegrass, blues, jazz, classical, latin and more.

The program is designed to allow you to begin at any level!

About Claudio Parravicini

Claudio Parravicini was born in Seregno, Italy in 1967. He began playing the banjo at the age of 16 and soon gained popularity on the Italian bluegrass scene. In the 90s, The Bluegrass Music Association of Italy (BMAI) named Claudio "Best Italian Banjo Player" and he soon became well-known throughout Europe, performing in Switzerland, Germany, England, and Wales as well as in Japan and the USA. In the United States, Claudio met some of the top banjo players, including Tony Trishka, Scott Vestal, Tony Furtado, and Bela Fleck; it was Fleck who left the deepest imprint on Claudio's playing. Returning to Italy, Claudio joined the bluegrass band, Country Pride.

While deepening his association with the banjo, Claudio also studied the French horn, his other musical passion, and in 1995 he garnered a music degree from the G. B. Martini Conservatory in Bologna. Always searching for new musical styles, Claudio was drawn to Latin jazz and was influenced by artists like Arturo Sandoval and Michel Camilo. Together with guitarist Rudolf Minuto, he blended his experience in Latin jazz to form the Chiaroscuro Duo.

Claudio plays a variety of music styles with several other groups, including: classical, bluegrass, tango and jazz with classical violinist, Fabrizio Lops in a duo called Novecorde (Ninestrings); Latin jazz with guitarist Marco Naclerio in an acoustic duo called Double Jeu, and country music in the Hot Reins Country Band. Other musical collaborations include metal rock with Santajegorah, jazz with The Cent Co Syndicate, and playing backup for Italian singer, Fiorella Mannoia.

At this writing, Claudio's primary musical interests are in arranging and adapting complex classical pieces for the 5- string banjo and in teaching, recording and giving live performances.



Classical Masterpieces for Banjo


Every student who signs up by using this form for lessons for at least a half year will receive, besides the special discount already offered, the brand new and just released book from Claudio Parravicini 'Classical Masterpieces for Banjo' (retail price 14,99 USD) for FREE!


Classical Masterpieces for Banjo

If you’ve ever felt compelled to play Flight of the Bumblebee on the 5-string banjo, this is the book for you!

Challenging banjo transcriptions of classical masterpieces may seem like a humorous anachronism to some, but not for Italian master Claudio Parravicini, a conservatory graduate who, while majoring in French horn, always believed that the banjo was “a virtuoso instrument capable of enriching any musical genre.”

In the author’s words, “I chose the classical pieces in this book on the basis of how they might advance right and left-hand banjo technique and even refine the player’s musical sensibility… Some pieces, like Flight of the Bumblebee will challenge your ability to play rapidly, while others like Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, are much slower, but will test your musical abilities in other ways.”


Pieces in the book are:

  • Prelude No. 2 in C minor and Inventions No. 4 and No. 6 by J. S. Bach

  • Flight of the Bumblebee by Korsakov

  • Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven

  • Perpetual Motion and Carnival of Venice by Paganini

  • Toccata for Piano or Harpsichord by Paradisi


Classical Masterpieces for Banjo is written in tablature only in standard G tuning [gDGBD] using three-finger banjo technique in the traditional, melodic and single-string style.


Each selection is guaranteed to further your technique and delight your audience, or simply expand your vision of what is possible on the 5-string banjo.


  • Author: Claudio Parravicini

  • Skill Level: Advanced

  • Notation Type: Tab

  • Pages: 56

  • Binding: Saddle Stitched paperback

  • Size: 8.75 x 11.75

  • ISBN: 151346373X

  • ISBN13: 978-15134-6373-5

  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.

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Annual 10-month lessons package
From September to June, includjng 38 lessons of 50 minutes every week

Normal price: €1800 (€47,50 per lesson)
Now with 20% discount: €1444 (€38 per lesson) (Your save €356)

This offer includes Claudio Parravicini's  book
“Classical Masterpieces for Banjo"


6-month lessons package
This package includes 20 lessons of 50 minutes

Normal price: €1000 (€50 per lesson)
Now with 15% discount: €8
50 (€42,50 per lesson) (Your save €150)

This offer includes Claudio Parravicini's  book
“Classical Masterpieces for Banjo"

1-month lesson package
This package includes 4 lessons of 50 minutes

Normal price: €200,00 (€50,00 per lesson)
Now with 10% discount: €180
(€45 per lesson) (Your save €20)