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LESSON 1


Introduction to Playing the Banjo

This course teaches all the basic methods and techniques for playing bluegrass style 5ing banjo. The course is divided into lessons which progressively add new songs and techniques. It is suggested that you learn each lesson in order and accomplish everything in it to your satisfaction before moving ahead to the next lesson. Here and there, throughout these lessons, I will link to some free online video lessons which will help you visualize, hear and understand more about what you are learning.


New terms will pop up now and then and you will find the definitions of these terms in the glossary at the end of the course.


Listening to the MP3 audio tracks can help you understand the timing, tone, and rhythm of each song or exercise. Yep, that's me playing my Stewart-MacDonald 3R Kit Banjo which I built in 1978. You can see it in the header at the top of each page. Purty, ain't he? Five Star head, home-made dogwood bridge, Kerchner tailpiece, mahogany neck and resonator, rosewood fingerboard, beech rim, aluminum 4-plate flange (true!) and flat head, no holes, bell bronze tone ring. I have owned a few other banjos but this one always sounded the best to me. Ditched the others. But, I am getting off track. Back to these lessons...

Exercises and songs which have audio tracks will have a link like this: (MP3 TRACK 18)


Parts of the Banjo

parts of the banjo



When you are ready, move on to Lesson 2.