How To Practice Banjo DVD Video by Ross Nickerson

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How To Practice the Banjo DVD
by Ross Nickerson

Banjo Practice Habits Instruction

Learn how to practice banjo more effectively and improve your banjo practice habits with Ross Nickerson's complete banjo instruction DVD, How to Practice Banjo.

What could be more practical and useful than to receive guidance on the one subject that will ultimately define your overall ability and success with learning this fun, but sometimes tricky instrument?

Ross takes you through one time saving tip after another and shows you innovative way he has helped students with for over 30 years. He covers many aspects of practicing banjo and demonstrates techniques that will show you how to achieve real results, simply and fast. There is so much to practice but with all of us having limited time this could be the best banjo instruction investment you could make. Learn how to split your practice time into separate areas of practice, left hand, right hand, exercises, how to work through difficult passages, improve banjo sound, how to finger banjo chords easier and get better overall results in each banjo practice session.

....I was looking for something to help me progress faster. So far I am thrilled with this product. So many hints on how to practice and things to concentrate on.

Some of the subjects Ross covers

  • Quickly memorize and retain a song learned from tablature
  • Work through difficult spots and develop muscle memory
  • Improve everything you’ve already learned
  • Pick faster and more accurately
  • Develop the ability you need in your fretting hand to relax when you play
  • Practice aspects of learning banjo separately and then bring it all together at a higher level
  • Improve slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and bending the strings
  • Practice timing and develop rhythm
  • Learn the notes on the neck and exercises to develop more overall skill
  • Develop your ability to play without tab through chord progression practicing
  • Practicing accenting the melody notes so you can really hear the melody when you play

How to learn a song from tab, so you can play it without the tab!
In one of the most valuable practice banjo lessons on the DVD, Ross teaches you how to quickly learn a song from tablature so you can retain it quickly, play by memory and play the song without looking at tab.

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Read the Chapter titles for the DVD below to get an idea of all the subjects and techniques that Ross covers in this one hour and forty minute DVD.

How to Practice Banjo by Ross Nickerson / 1 hour and 45 minutes Chapters on the DVD

  • How to Practice Banjo introduction and overview,
  • Building Skill, Not just learning songs
  • Practice Builds Confidence, Relaxing when you play
  • How much time should I spend developing my skills
  • How I learned to play the banjo
  • Learning banjo is a physical Challenge / Not Mental
  • Being Aggressive in Practice
  • Examples of Being Aggressive in practice
  • Raising the Bar on Yourself and Isolating areas that need practice
  • Working on the Fretting Hand
  • Do you I need to always sound good during practice?
    Setting Goals
  • What we are going to cover
  • When to turn the page and move on
  • Splitting up what you practice, Lesson Plans
  • How to learn a song from tablaturE
  • Learning the chords to the song first, Learning the timing to the song
  • Understanding the timing
  • Learning the fretting hand parts
  • Learning the picking part, John Henry / Picking hand only
  • John Henry / Fretting hand only
  • Combining the picking and fretting hands
  • Learning the most difficult part of the song first
  • Demonstration / Learning the most difficult parts, Practicing accenting melody notes
  • Fretting Hand Stretching Exercises, Metronomes Demonstration
  • More stretching exercises
  • Fretting accurately
  • Making chord shapes
  • Practice Chord Progressions
  • Chord Progression Demonstration G D F C
  • Chord Progression Demonstration G Em Am D7
  • Other ways to practice chord progressions
  • Working on the Picking Hand
  • Varying the picking
  • Varying the forward roll
  • Practicing how to pick faster
  • Using a “Go to” Roll
  • Working with play along CDs/DVDs / Jamming
  • Working through rough spots in picking
  • Fretting hand practice and help
  • Learning the notes on the neck
  • Each note on the neck
  • Exercises / Slides, Pull-offs, Hammer-ons
  • Chokes, Pull-off Exercises Slide Exercises, Hammer-on Exercises
  • Chokes and Bending Exercises
  • Memorizing Tips
  • Your Practice Environment
  • Building Muscle Memory
  • More on practicing things separately
  • More on Memorizing Tablature
  • Counting out the notes
  • Demonstrations of quarter and eighth note combinations
  • Closing Remarks
  • Special Features / Ross Nickerson Performance Video Stoney Point, How I Arranged Stoney Point, Banjo and Equipment used by Ross Nickerson.

Also available as an Online DVD you can access right away
How to Practice Banjo Online DVD version

Aug 5, 2022
Your instructional materials have helped me
Dear Mr. Nickerson, Just a quick note to let you know how much your instructional materials have helped me. I have the How To Practice and Banjo Jamming videos, and the Banjo Encyclopedia book. I have been playing for a few years, and after an initial sense of accomplishment, I came to a standstill. Once I began using your materials, I began to progress again. So many good tips! Holding my right hand correctly instantly improved the sound of my banjo. Memorizing the basic rolls helped me to see and feel patterns. Memorizing songs has made my playing so much more fluid, and actually made memorizing ever easier (although I am a very slow learner). Playing through mistakes has made me much more able to recover mid-song I am really having fun, and am delighted when occasionally my hands seem to know what to do without my thinking about it! I have so much more to learn, just from the materials I have, and I look forward to learning all of it. I (almost) feel like a banjo player now. Thank you so very much.

Aug 23, 2015
Very helpful
As a Banjo beginer I was looking for something to help me progress faster. So far I am thrilled with this product. So many hints on how to practice and things to concentrate on. At 70 yrs old my brain takes longer to get to my fingers but this is the best help i have found.

Aug 23, 2015
Thank you for advising me on which DVD would be best
Thanks Ross, It was great to talk to you again. Thank you for advising me on which DVD would be best for me. I love my Nick picks too. Thank you for taking the time to steer me in the correct direction.

Aug 23, 2015
Hi Ross, I just wanted to say THANK YOU. I got the DVD I ordered quick.The banjo practice dvd is outstanding. I wanted to thank you for taking the time to make it. You have the HEART OF A TEACHER, a great communicator. Keep up the great work

Aug 23, 2015
how can I be so lucky
Thank can I be so lucky?! And I can't tell you how much my playing has improved and keeps improving since I started Ross's lessons. I am playing with groups regularly (jams) and enjoying it immensely. Have even got to be lead banjo! People just can't believe I have been playing for less than a year. My wife actually asks me to play something for her now! Obviously I haven't lost my excitement or enthusiasm about learning the banjo! And I know it's corny, but I couldn't have made this much progress without a system of learning that fits my learning needs. You hit all the keys - text, video, sound, and reinforcement. I just add the time - lots of it - and the dedication to learn, practice, review and keep challenging myself. And the best part is the play along lessons/cds...they give me a great way to practice what I have learned from the lessons and how to play with the CORRECT timing.

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