Bluegrass Banjo Sheldon Friesen

Banjo lessons, teacher, performer – Vancouver / Surrey, BC


Who’s That Banjo Pickin’ Guy?

I’ve had this banjo obsession since I was young boy. When I was fourteen years old, I was able to pool all my life’s savings from part time jobs and purchase the banjo you see me playing in the picture. At sixteen years old I began teaching banjo at a local music store in the small southern Manitoba town were I was living at that time. I’m not a teenager anymore, I’m not too good looking, but not so bad as to spoil the music, and I still pick and teach.

I moved to the picturesque Cowichan Valley which runs through central Vancouver Island in the winter of 1999 with my wife and two boys. Leaving the sub-zero temperatures of Manitoba for the moderate Pacific Coast climate was a real treat and we’ve never looked back.

My wife and I owned and operated a small restaurant called ‘Heather’s Tea Room’ located in historic downtown Duncan, BC. We closed at 3:00pm when the restaurant transformed into my music studio where I taught bluegrass banjo to aspiring players who are filling the valley with those high lonesome sounds.

In the summer of 2007 my wife and I packed up once again and made the move to Surrey, BC were we are actively involved in campus life with the students of Pacific Life Bible College. On top of the great things happening on campus, I am also teaching and pickin’ banjo!

Life is good! The venue is perfect, and it is a joy to help promote bluegrass in the lower mainland. Hope you can come on down sometime and jam a little!

I’ll be waitin’ fur ya!

22 thoughts on “Home

  1. oilpaintingreproductionsarts on said:

    Thanks for knowledge sharing

    Marcus White Lisdoonvarna

  2. paul mailhot on said:

    Hi Sheldon, picker from Bowser, BC on the island just browsing your site , what’s the banjo your playing an Ibanez Artist?
    just curious

  3. Hi,

    I wanted to stay in touch with you. My name is Jenny and I have a green ukulele. I know the violin and keyboards, but the ukulele is a bit different. I live in the Surrey/Newton area. Just a few lessons to get me started may be nice.

  4. Teresa Sawatsky on said:

    My son is 13, and can’t wait to learn to play the banjo! He has been asking for a few years now, so we finally rented one, but are having a really hard time to find anyone who teaches. There are a few guitar teacher who are willing to teach some basics, but it would be nice to find someone with a banjo passion. We are in Chilliwack. Any help would be so much appreciated.
    Thanks so much,

  5. Hi Teresa, I’ve responded to your comment by personal email. Cheers!

  6. Hi Sheldon! I am looking for a banjo player for a marketing event.Contact me if you are interested.Thanks.

  7. Ange O. on said:

    Hi Sheldon! I’m wondering if you have any lessons available for extreme novices? I have never played a musical instrument in my life nor understand how to read music. I love the banjo & finally bought one in May. I know there are tonnes of books and instructional videos and I am willing to do the work, but I really need someone to point me in the right direction from ground zero. I tried tuning it for the first time tonight and broke 2 strings… I am thinking the lessons one would provide children is where I need to begin. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you.

  8. scurrie on said:

    Hey Sheldon! Could you please send me some information on Banjo Lessons? I have over the past few months sparked an interest in learning. I am better at going to lessons then self teaching. I do not have any string instrument experience so any help would be great! I live in East Van and would be happy to commute if I need to, perhaps starting in the fall..? Thanks!

  9. Bonnita on said:

    Hi Sheldon, I too would like info on lessons. I am very beginner but am motivated as my family performs bluegrass at festivals and would eventually like to be part of it. Thanks

  10. Shah on said:

    Hello Sheldon,
    I am interested in learning how to play Ukulele. I have managed to memorize a few chords, that’s about it. How much do you charge per half house lessons? And what part of Surrey are you located?

  11. Bill C on said:

    Hi Sheldon I’m looking for banjo lessons I’m an older guy who is tired of the piano and looking for a change. I have bought a 5 string Ibanez and am at the point that I need help. Thanks for your time.
    Regards Bill C

  12. Looking for a banjo teacher

  13. John Wahl on said:

    I am trying to learn how to play a Dobro . Can you help me?

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