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Learn up the neck, chords, backup, playing a song you know on the 5-string banjo and learn to play the banjo faster.
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Ross Nickerson Online lessons available for intermediate pickers.

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Backup Banjo for Beginners and New Intermediates
I cover many basics of playing backup including, chords, vamping, picking backup, backup exercises and more.
The lesson includes a 20 minute video, chord chart, tablature and text.

Up The Neck for Beginners and New Intermediates
I will teach how and give you insights into taking a down the neck solo and transposing it into an up the neck solo.
This valuable technique you should teach you to create your own up the neck solos and licks.
Using the Earl Scruggs classic Fireball Mail and other licks I teach the techniques he used to create his high breaks.
The lesson includes a twenty minute video and tablature.

Secrets to Building Speed in Your Right Hand
If you've ever been frustrated with playing the songs you know up to speed this lesson should help you.
I will show you techniques that could save you many hours of practice time and help you get more enjoyment out of your banjo playing.
The lesson includes twenty plus minutes of video, and comes with tablature.

Adapting an Easy Melody to Bluegrass Banjo
Have you ever wanted to play a certain song you like in Scruggs Style but you didn't know where
to start, couldn't find tab or wanted to create your own arrangement?
This valuable lesson will help you to learn the techniques needed to take a simple melody that we all know
and make a Scruggs Style arrangement from it.
This lesson includes over twenty minutes of video, and tablature.

Learning the Chord Forms
This is 24 minute streaming video banjo lesson on learning all the chord forms without using a chord chart. Much the way Ross Nickerson's book The Banjo Encyclopedia presents learning the chords but illustrated and shown to you on video. It's a simple and easy to remember method which should save you a lot of time learning these important chords and positions the hard way. This video is an excerpt for the Banjo Jamming and Play Along DVD. If you already own that DVD, there is no need to purchase this lesson.

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Playing Banjo in the Keys of C, D, E, F & G Up the Neck
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Over 100 Must Know Banjo Licks

Must Know Banjo Licks Lesson Descriptions below
Bundle 1, 2 and 3
Nine different important categories of banjo licks in all

Bundle 1

1. Beginnings, Endings and Turnarounds

What's more important than getting off to a good start, being able to turn a song around and repeat, or ending the song with confidence? These three pieces to the puzzle can tie it all together for you. The Beginning licks are low and up the neck intro examples that you could use to kick off a standard Bluegrass song. There are eight examples in G, five in C and and five in D. The Endings and Turnarounds have examples in G, C and D as well. These turnaround examples are used over and over in songs while playing backup or solos. If you have some down you are always ready to get in and out. All the examples are demonstrated on video slower and faster with pain staking edited tab!!
2. Must Know Scruggs Style Licks
for G, C and D

I've filmed a bunch of the classic must know Scruggs Style Licks for G, C and D, slow and fast. These licks or short segments of music are the key to becoming a good banjo player. The Scruggs Style just works, if you learn it correctly it gives you the foundation to build on. There are licks like the intro to Foggy Mountain Breakdown, the shave and a haircut ending and more advanced licks like the double hammer pull-off classic in Earl's Breakdown. Others include up the neck classics, C and D licks, the Ground Speed D Lick, 2 to 5 slides, pull-offs and other musk know material.
3. Melodic and Single String Style Banjo

Included on these two videos are building block licks in both styles. The videos also include a song in each style to practice and begin implementing or improving the techniques. On the first video you'll learn some Melodic Scales and runs, then learn the song, Turkey in the Straw demonstrated at three different speeds. Then learn some handy single string substitute licks you can use in Scruggs Style along with a challenging song, Blackberry Blossom played entirely in the single string style. Studying and learning these songs using these techniques is a great way to put what you've learned to practical use.

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4. Backup Banjo

In the videos I've included many of the classic Scruggs Style Backup Licks that you'll need to know to begin developing or polishing up your backup skills. There are Vamping licks, two Slow Song Backup examples, a Backup Verse and Chorus example, Fiddle Backup example and a Bass Runs in a song example demonstrated in close-up video. Some of the material used for these videos is in my book The Banjo Encyclopedia so this is an opportunity to get a close-up video demonstration of these important techniques.
5. Up the Neck Banjo

The Up the Neck Videos will demonstrate many of the must know up the neck licks along with a song example played low and up the neck. In one of the video segments included I demonstrated a common low neck lick and then it's up the neck corresponding lick. This way for every lick or phrase you can play low on the neck , you will have an up the neck corresponding one, so you can move up and down and transpose quickly. The song example is She'll be Coming Around the Mountain played slow and fast low on the neck, then the slow and fast high on the neck. The two versions are as identical as the technique allows and will really give you a good lesson in learning to do this for yourself in the songs you know already.
6. Slow Banjo Styles

This video is a little shorter so it is not sold separately. However, it may be shorter but it teaches the key picking patterns and emphasis needed to get the slow backup sound for waltz's and other slower bluegrass tunes. This is definitely an example of a technique that is very hard to learn and teach from tab. If you play the notes without the emphasis in the correct place, it sounds as though it makes no sense. The video will give you the chance to see and hear it, so you can get the emphasis easily by ear, while getting the notes to play from the tab.

Bundle 3

7. Blues Banjo

In this lesson I use comparison licks much like I did in the Up the Neck lessons to demonstrate how to make a common lick bluesy. I play a common lick the way it is normally played in bluegrass banjo and then demonstrate a simple way to make it sound darker, bluesy and ass kicking. I also demonstrate on the video a more straight ahead version of Nine Pound Hammer and then demonstrate a bluesy version of the same song. This will help teach you how to do this for yourself, so you can embellish the songs and solos you already know and create some narly solos of your own.
8. More Blues Chromatic, Triplets, Hot Licks

Here are some more bluesy, fun and hot trick licks to spice up your songs and solos. The lesson videos include triplet licks which are always fun and easy to use. Also on the video are some longer fun lick examples and some hot licks to learn that always get a listeners attention. These low and up the neck examples were chosen carefully to be ones that not only teach the techniques but are easy to use and plug in to the songs you already know.
9. Bending the Strings

Bending the Strings is a powerful technique to use on the banjo. Basically a bend works the same way as a slide, pull-of or hammer-on works, picking one note and getting a second note with the fretting hand. However bending the strings has an effect that you can't achieve with slides, pulls and hammers. These bending tricks always catch the listener and add a whole new dimension to your playing, and they are flat out fun to play too.

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1. Beginnings, Endings and Turnarounds
2. Must Know Scruggs Style Licks
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3. Melodic and
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4. Backup Banjo
5. Up the Neck Banjo
6. Slow Banjo Styles


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7. Blues Banjo
8. Chromatic, Triplets, Hot Licks
9. Bending the Strings


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Backup Band to Play Along with Online Banjo Student Lessons

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This Online Lesson available for immediate download after purchasing.

If you'd like to be jamming with others and want to learn how I firmly believe these backup tracks will help your progress a lot, and you'll have a lot of fun with them too. They are recorded at three speeds. I recorded the backup tracks in the recording studio at three different speeds, and not too fast either so they are suitable for beginning and intermediate level banjo students. The tempos of the songs range from very easy, (90 Beats per minute/BPM) to a slow medium tempo, (130 /BPM) to a moderate fast speed, 105 BPM double or cut time, (Four eighth notes per click).

Includes recordings of the songs, backup play along tracks, music tablature, along with instruction tips on each song! Also includes instruction on learning how to play by the chords to the song, has easy to read tablature with accent marks for melody notes, and the backup band tracks are at three speeds to play along with! Thanks, Ross Nickerson

Here are the songs available with the backup band to play along with
at three different speeds

1. Boil That Cabbage Down
2. Banjo in the Hollow
3. Cumberland Gap
4. Wildwood Flower
5. Cripple Creek
6. John Henry
7. Red River Valley
8. Eight More Miles to Louisville
9. My Old Kentucky Home
10. Blackberry Blossom

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