Big Sandy River

Did up this melodic arrangement of Big Sandy River this week. I'm currently on the mend after a Spine surgery so I won't have a video up for a while. I included an optionals ending for the B section if you are up for a little up the neck action. Enjoy and let me know... Continue Reading →

How to Practice: For Beginner and Up

The difference between musicians and non-musicians comes down to practice. I really believe anyone with working hands and a brain can play banjo if they practice and how you practice determines what kind of player you become. How you practice should be determined by your skill level, your your goals, and the amount of time... Continue Reading →

Clinch Mountain Backstep

Clinch Mountain Backstep is one of my favorite Ralph Stanley tunes. If you aren't familiar with Ralph Stanley You should definitely check him out as he is one of the all time greats of bluegrass banjo. During his epic career spanning from the formation of the Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946 to his death in... Continue Reading →

Kickoffs and Potatoes

A kickoff is something you play as a way to start a tune. Different tunes might call for different kickoffs depending on things like the starting note, the key, the time signature, and the overall vibe of the tune. This lesson will cover some basic kickoffs that you can apply to songs with different starting... Continue Reading →

Cripple Creek Lesson

Cripple Creek Banjo Lesson If you have looked at any beginning banjo material you have almost certainly seen some version of Cripple Creek. It is in the Earl Scruggs 5-String Banjo book (highly recommended) and though I had been playing for a while when I learned it, it was one of the first tunes that... Continue Reading →

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace Lesson I chose this as my first song lesson because in addition to being beautiful and recognizable it is also very easy to play and it is often left out of beginning banjo books. Im going to run you through a step by step progression to help you learn the harmony and the... Continue Reading →

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