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HOW TO GET STARTED
Are you looking for free banjo lessons online? Well, you've come to the right place! I have been playing banjo since 1975 and teaching since 1982. I originally wrote this series of banjo lessons for my private students. Recently, I decided to put them on the web and give them away for free.


INDEX OF FREE BANJO LESSONS:

Lesson 1   Introduction & Parts of the Banjo

Lesson 2

  Finger Picks & How to Hold the Banjo
Lesson 3   Right and Left Hand Positions
Lesson 4   How to Tune the Banjo
Lesson 5   Tuning to a Guitar, Checking Your Tuning
Lesson 6   How to Read Banjo Tab (Tablature)
Lesson 7   Playing the Thumb-Pinch & The Thumb In and Out Roll
Lesson 8   Exercises & Fretting Notes
Lesson 9   How to Play Slides
Lesson 10   Hammer-ons and FIRST SONG - B Part of Cripple Creek
Lesson 11   Two Exercises & The Long Slide
Lesson 12   Complete Song - A & B Parts of Cripple Creek
Lesson 13   How to Play Pull-Offs, New B Part to Cripple Creek
Lesson 14   New tune - Cumberland Gap and 4 New Rolls
Lesson 15   Beginning banjo chords
Lesson 16   More Chords!
Lesson 17   Playing Rolls while Changing Chords
Lesson 18   A Few New Licks & the song Boil Them Cabbage Down
Lesson 19   The song Worried Man Blues
Lesson 20   The song Little Maggie
Glossary   This is a great page to read when your fingers get sore.
Bonus   Free Printable Basic Banjo Chord Chart
Bonus   Free Jam Session Tune Cheat Sheets

These lessons are devised to get you off the ground playing Scruggs style 5 string banjo. It is a complete beginning banjo introduction. You will learn to read tablature. You will how to tune and how to play banjo rolls. You will learn basic banjo chords. You will learn to pick some popular jam session tunes. These free banjo lessons include the tab and MP3 audio tracks so you can hear how it should sound!

If you prefer to try picking the banjo in the "clawhammer" or "frailing" style then please check out my other free banjo lesson site.


THE EASY, NO WORK, HOW TO PLAY DUELING BANJOS METHOD:

A Bonus Free Lesson

Since I mentioned Dueling Banjos, if you want to impress a few drunks at the next party, go to lesson 15, learn the C chord and the one handed G chord. Strum the G three times, the C once, and the G once more--and pass the hat for your tips. They will pay you money to stop! (You have to learn but one fairly simple chord.) If you really want to learn to pick the tune, work on these lessons here on my site, and then check this out.


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Brad Laird Banjo Instruction for Beginners

You can also get my complete bluegrass banjo course as a PDF download.