Learning Banjo

In this Free Banjo Lesson section are videos and links to free banjo lesson articles on important aspects of playing a banjo. The BanjoTeacher.com Free Banjo Lesson Blog features videos, tips, articles and many other resources to help you learn to play banjo. Using the navigation links on the left find the many free lessons for our visitors, students and customers.I began playing banjo professionally at the age of 17 in 1974 and have always enjoyed teaching and helping others since I began. I was blessed with some natural ability and drive and have always been told I had a keen sense in assisting others. I started BanjoTeacher.com in 2001 by publishing free articles and offering several of my Books and CDs online. As far as I know I was the first one that offered banjo lessons online and I now have over 20 Books and DVDs for learning to play bluegrass banjo. The website and the services we offer have grown considerably over the years but one thing has not changed and that is my inspiration to make the learning process easier and making progress more fun for everyone. Thanks again, Ross Nickerson

  • Fixing Banjo Timing - Banjo Tab Exercises

    Fixing Banjo Timing - Banjo Tab Exercises

    As a banjo teacher I specialize in helping students of all ages learn to do something that they always wanted to do, and that's play banjo. One of the first apprehensions I hear from new students or from students that are fearful in their own ability to learn is. "I've got now rhythm". Well, I am here to reassure you that rhythm and counting can be learned, and its way more simple than you might think. In fact simple is the key.Read More

  • Free Beginner Banjo E-Book for New Mailing List Members

    Free Beginner Banjo E-Book for New Mailing List Members

    Thanks for Joining the Mailing List at BanjoTeacher.comTo complete your sign up process for the monthly discounts newsletter and receive the free item. you were sent an automatic email.1. Open the email and confirm the sign up process. 2. Then send us an email requesting the Free E-Book. 3. If you did not receive the email, please email us at info@banjoteacher.com Here are some discounts just for joining the mailing list.Read More

  • Free Video on How to Hold the Banjo, Attach a Strap and Put Picks On

    Free Video on How to Hold the Banjo, Attach a Strap and Put Picks On

    Free Banjo Lesson Video on how to hold or position the banjo, put the picks on, attach a banjo strap. The video also points out names of all the parts of the banjo like the tension hoop, tailpiece, peghead, flange and resonator. ,This is an excerpt from Beginning the Five String Banjo Book, CD and DVD by Ross Nickerson Read More

  • How to Play Banjo Along with a CD or DVD

    How to Play Banjo Along with a CD or DVD

    Playing your banjo along with a You Tube video, DVD, CD or MP3 recording is not only loads of fun but a much more productive way of practicing banjo with few exceptions. One of the key elements in becoming a good banjo player is repetitions. The muscle memory you develop in repetitions helps you developing banjo tone, skill, speed, timing and the ability to improvise when you lose your place.Read More

  • How to Put Strings on a Banjo

    How to Put Strings on a Banjo

    Here is a free video on how to put strings on a banjo. The video also includes tips on putting a bridge on a banjo and tightening the banjo head. Changing strings on a banjo is not hard once you've done it once or twice. Be sure to change ths strings one at a time so the bridge will stay in place, and it will be easier to tune up. One of the most important things to do when chaRead More

  • Learning to Play Banjo Left Handed

    Learning to Play Banjo Left Handed

    Being a lefty and wanting to learn to play banjo can present a few challenges. One is deciding whether to start off playing banjo left handed or right handed. I am asked that question fairly frequently from new students asking me for advice. What I would do if I was standing right there in front of them is hand them a banjo and see which way they go with it. I don't think this is a cerebral decision or even something that should be followed on the advice of others. The bottom line is it has to feel natural and comfortable. Often our quickest reactions or "gut" reactions are the most dependable and solid. That is why I would try to distract the student and hand it to them so I could see their "natural" reaction and which way they held it..... Read More

  • Notes to Tune a Banjo To

    Notes to Tune a Banjo To

    Here are the notes to tune a banjo to and also the notes used for different tuning options on a banjo. The tunings we have the notes for are Standard G open bluegrass tuning. C Tuning bluegrass, Bluegrass D tuning, Double C tuning, G minor tuning and Low Open E tuning. Read More

  • Playing The Melody on a Banjo | Using the Thumb

    Playing The Melody on a Banjo | Using the Thumb

    One of the challenges to learning and playing bluegrass banjo is to learn correct technique so you can keep up with the fast tempos so many bluegrass songs have.One of the tricks to playing consecutive 1/8 notes on a banjo is alternating your fingers. If you are playing 1/4 notes it's no problem to use the same finger twice in a row, but on a fast stream of 1/8 notes in an up tempo bluegrass song, using a different finger for each note is how it's accomplished.When playing the melody in 3 finger bluegrass Scruggs Style is don't let the index finger drive the bus. The thumb leads the way.Read More

  • Practice Habits Banjo

    Practice Habits Banjo

    Banjo Practice Habits and Techniques Class HandoutsBelow are links to handouts that you can downloadRead More

  • Reset the Bridge on a Five String Banjo

    Reset the Bridge on a Five String Banjo

    Watch a video on how to re-set your banjo bridge. This video goes in to more detail and shows you how to set the bridge so the intonation is correct and the banjo plays in tune up and down the neck. The bridge is placed the same distance from the 12th fret as the distance from the 12th fret to the nut (nut is located where the strings go through at the peg head). The intonation or tuning can be fine tuned with an electronic tuner and using harmonics. This is described and demonstrated in the video.Read More

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