David Cavage breaks down "Cumberland Gap" on the 5-string banjo so you can you understand and play it easily, while he also lectures on the pentatonic scale and other necessities. This is a 10 part tutorial.
To get a good "chop" on your banjo, you have to learn to vamp the strings, as opposed to just lifting them. Here you'll see how!
This is a version of a popular fiddle tune that I worked up to play with our fiddle player. Since we were playing it in unison, I wanted a version as close to the standard melody as possible.
Looking for beginner banjo lessons? Take them online with this free music lesson video series about how to tune, pick and strum a banjo.
The banjo is a stringed musical instrument that's been adapted from several African instruments. Learn more about the banjo and various licks with expert tips in this free video series.
The banjo is a stringed musical instrument that's been adapted from several African instruments. Learn more about the banjo and chord positions with expert tips in this free video series.
The banjo is a stringed musical instrument that's been adapted from several African instruments. Learn more about the banjo and chord progressions with expert tips in this free video series.
This instructional banjo video takes a look at what the right hand does while playing the Rampi Rampi, a Turkish song in 9/8. The rhythm goes something like this: 2 (quick), 2 (quick), 2 (quick), 3 (slow). This is basically the bum-diddy pattern. Watch this tutorial video and learn how to play the rampi rampi rhythm with your right hand.
Watch to learn how to play "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" on banjo, which features a right hand pattern that is used in many other banjo songs.
This banjo tutorial video will teach you how you can play the banjo. The banjo is a stringed instrument that is tuned like a guitar. It is said to have originated from Africa. This video is great for beginners just starting out on the banjo. Practice playing the banjo and improve your banjo playing skills.
A bit rusty on the banjo? This video lesson from the BCC will get you going again. If your banjo hasn't been played for some time it's possible the vellum might need replacing - this is the skin, like the head on a drum, which is stretched over the banjo's circular sound body, and tightened using tensioning nuts. Plastic is a good option these days, as it's more constant and less likely to attract moisture and slacken.
Although mainly demonstrational, this video shows you how to play "The Little Beggarman" on the banjo. This video is intended for advanced players who learn easily by watching or listening. Read the useful tips posted below to aid your banjo learning:
Learn how to play probably the most recognized melodic licks in bluegrass banjo with this tutorial. This lick is based on a Bb pentatonic scale. You can hear this lick in a lot of Ben Eldridge's playing though it may date back farther than the 1950's. Watch this how to video and you will be able to play this famous lick based on the Bb pentatonic scale.
This banjo tutorial goes over working with a two note melodic scale in G major to form ideas for licks. This lesson teaches you improvisational techniques on the banjo. You will also learn the 3 different types of the melodic scales. Watch this how to video and you will be able to play banjo licks on a two note melodic scale in G major.
Learn how to play melodic C licks on the banjo with this tutorial. This lesson is an introduction to the C melodic scale and improvisation on the C scale. This is a great lesson for beginner to intermediate banjo players. Watch this how to video and you will be improvising on the C melodic scale on the banjo.
Learn how to play a D scale on the banjo with this tutorial. This video also teaches you some licks based on the melodic D scale. Watch this how to video and you can play the D scale on the banjo.
Learn how you can play a common melodic ending passage on the banjo with this tutorial. This is an Earl Scruggs style banjo lick that can be used as a phrase ending lick or break it into fragment and use it in many ways. Watch this how to video and you can play this melodic ending passage on the banjo.
Learn how you can play a melodic lick on the banjo with this tutorial. This banjo lick is a nice melodic idea with chromatic intervals added. Watch this how to video and you will be able to play a melodic lick on the banjo.
This two part tutorial teaches you a banjo pattern in the key of C major. This banjo lick is a slight variation on a basic scale. Watch this how to video and you will be able to improvise different patterns in the key of C major.
Learn how you can play a lick based on the D melodic scale with this banjo tutorial. You will learn different picking patterns and variations on the melodic D scale. Watch this banjo how to video and you will be able to improvise over the D melodic scale.
This two part how to video is an informal banjo lesson showing ideas for syncopation and other rhythmic techniques you can use to make a tune your own. The tune "Julianne Johnson" is used as an example of more advanced fingerpicking. This video is aimed at intermediate players who are comfortable with drop-thumbing and plucks. Watch this two part tutorial and you can jazz up your banjo playing with different fingerpicking techniques.
This banjo how to video teaches you some easy tricks to play with the classic D tune Mississippi Sawyer using minor and modal variations. This banjo lesson is based on the assumption that you already know the tune, Mississippi Sawyer. This lesson is for advanced banjo players. Watch this how to video and you can learn how play Mississippi Sawyer in minor and major keys.
This banjo tutorial teaches you how to play a lick based on the C melodic scale. This riff is a backwards roll where you add a chromatic note to the mix and then resolved to C major. This is a great banjo lesson for beginner to intermediate students. Watch this how to video and you can play this banjo lick based on the C melodic scale.
David Cavage shows you the basic building of scales and chords on the 5-string banjo, and he shows some exercises afterwards. This is a 7-part tutorial, lessons 74-80.
David Cavage shows you how to play the traditional fiddle tune "Eighth of January" on the 5-string banjo. This is a 6-part tutorial, lessons 82-87.
Geoff Hohwald shows you how to play "9 Pound Hammer" on the banjo in this video.
In this video Geoff Hohwald teaches you how to play "Blackberry Blossom" on the banjo.
Learn this traditional bluegrass song on the banjo. Avram Siegel shows you how to play Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arm.
Learn how play using minor shapes on your banjo. Here we will discuss minor shapes for chords.
Here we will learn to fancy up our banjo playing with some tag licks.
Learn how to play Old Joe Clark on the banjo. This tune is an old fiddle tune and a mainstay of the banjo.
We've learned some open chords, and now it is time for some closed chords on the banjo! There are three basic chord shapes for you to practice.
This tune is a great opportunity to practice your forward rolls - Fire-Ball Males.
This next tune has a very special melody - Down the Road. Learn how you can play it on the banjo.
Learn how to properly perform transitions when playing the banjo. Learn how to hit those open strings!
Here you will learn a few variations on the great Cumberland Gab tune - add some fun to your banjo playing!
Master another great left hand technique for playing the banjo - the pull off. These are used a lot as tags (added to the end of the song).
Here you will learn some new rolls, which are very important for the banjo. One of the most important rolls on the banjo is a forwards learn, which you will now see.
Learn another left hand technique for the banjo - the hammer on, where you pluck the string and then hammer on it with your finger.
Learn this fun tune for the banjo - Cripple Creek. The lesson will begin with the second and easier part.