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BANJO LESSONS - by Bradley Laird
Introduction to Playing the Banjo
course teaches all the basic methods and techniques for playing bluegrass
style 5-string 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
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
but this one
the best to me. Ditched the others. But, I am getting off track.
Back to these lessons...
and songs which have audio tracks will have
like this: (MP3
Parts of the Banjo
When you are ready, move on to Lesson 2.