In this class, Alison Brown talks about using the correct left hand position when playing chord melodies. Chord melodies are a technique often used by jazz and classical guitarists, pianists, and 4 string banjo players. They are not utilized enough on the 5 string banjo. By using them they can provide beautiful and rich music and tones coming out of the banjo and can be a nice change of pace from the rapid fire delivery of notes we are used to hearing from the 5 string banjo.
It doesn't matter what style of banjo playing you do, creating a warmup routine for yourself each time you pick up your banjo will help you progress and perform better. Playing the banjo requires some very specialized technique in your hands. If you try to come right out of the gate and play full speed, your playing is most likely going to be sloppy.
Learning how to play your arpeggios all the way up the neck of your instrument is one of the best things you can do to improve your playing on any instrument. Some teachers even recommend learning your arpeggios before your scales. I personally recommend learning your major scale, then learn all of your arpeggios, and then go back and learn all of your other scales such as minor, pentatonic, etc.
Alison Brown and some friends, who also happen to be some of the all-stars of Bluegrass, got together to play John Hartford's "The Girl I Left Behind Me" and debut her new Deering Julia Belle low tuned banjo.
We are thrilled to share Molly Tuttle just became the first woman to win the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association 'Guitar Player of The Year' award. This is a milestone, and couldn't be more perfect that this video features the first five women to win instrumentalists of the year at the IBMA Awards!
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Recently, Greg & Janet Deering, the founders of Deering Banjos, were interviewed by The Voice of San Diego for their debut episode of "I Made It In San Diego". In this debut episode of I Made it in San Diego, Greg and Janet Deering tell how they grew their small family business into a company that’s made more banjos than any other instrument maker in existence.
Banjo tab or tablature is a way of reading and writing banjo music that has similarities to standard musical notation, but is much easier to read, and gives the player the precise fret, string, and right hand fingering (assuming the player is right handed). It is a great tool for beginners to learn some songs and licks since it shows exactly what to do. As a teacher I focus my students on learning to understand the instrument, what exactly they are doing, and to use their ear, but banjo tab does help communicate many of these ideas quickly and easily.
Mark Johnson, the father of the Clawgrass style of banjo playing, talks about the new Deering Clawgrass No. 2 banjo that was displayed for the first time at the Winter 2016 NAMM Show.
Most guitar players look at the 5 string banjo as a completely new instrument. Something that you would need to learn a completely new tuning and approach to playing. This is incorrect. Actually the guitar and the 5 string banjo are tuned very similarly, and you can easily bring many of your guitar licks directly over to the 5 string banjo.
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn will be extraordinarily busy during this September’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh. Along with playing the Wide Open Bluegrass shows on the Red Hat Amphitheater main stage, the couple will also co-host the 28th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show that week.