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Tony Trischka Banjo Lesson: Left Hand Separation of Notes

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2016 4:41:19 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artist Features, banjo lesson, Playing Tips, Tony Trischka

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Want to improve your banjo playing? Click here for more free sample lessons from Tony Trischka!

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Should I Anchor My Pinky and Ring Finger? Yes or No?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 4, 2016 1:21:39 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in 5-String Banjo, banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips

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One of the most often asked banjo tips I get asked is “Do I have to rest fingers of my picking hand on the head of the banjo?”

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Learn Clawhammer Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2015 12:36:56 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in 5-String Banjo, banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips, clawhammer, David Holt, deering artist, frailing

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How To Begin Playing 3-Finger Banjo - Lesson 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 4, 2015 2:54:21 PM / by Bennett Sullivan posted in 3 Finger, 5-String Banjo, banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo rolls, banjo tips, bluegrass

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You've practiced for a week, and now it's time to add your left hand!

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Is One Banjo Style More Difficult than Another?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2015 10:48:39 AM / by Barry Hunn posted in 5-String Banjo, banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips, clawhammer, fingerpicking, flatpicking, Plectrum Banjo, Tenor Banjo

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We are asked regularly, is Bluegrass style finger picking more difficult than Clawhammer?  Is Clawhammer more difficult than finger picking? Is plectrum/tenor style with a flat pick easier than Bluegrass style finger picking?

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Use What Works - Learning the Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2013 5:05:21 PM / by Carolina Bridges posted in banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips

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Ever notice how many “experts” there are on “learning to play banjo”, or anything, for that matter? While I urge all of us to explore their recommendations (and certainly I have shared some with all of you), it is the idea of “this is the best/only” way to learn that concerns me most. Since folks are like “snowflakes”…no one is alike (even twins; I know, I am the mother of identical twins), then how can there be only “one” best way to learn? Today, let’s explore the concept of “use what works for you.” It is this freedom of choice that makes learning banjo, or anything, a joy!

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Learn the Banjo with Songs or Exercises?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2013 12:29:42 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips, How To Play, lesson

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I recently wrote an article about strengthening your fretting hand’s pinky and ring finger.   A common question that I have heard over the years is; “what good are exercises when I want to play songs?”

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Pinky and Ring: The Typical Weak Links

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2013 12:31:27 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips

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The Issue

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Improvisation: How do you do it?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2013 1:13:44 PM / by Barry Hunn posted in banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips, improvisation

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Admired and feared, improvising has sometimes been shrouded by mystery and misunderstanding.   New banjo students are often baffled by top players who pick beautiful streams of notes but never the same way twice on a given song.

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Making the Most Of Your Practice Time

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 23, 2013 3:12:19 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips, How To Play, how to play the banjo, Practice Tips, tenor banjo lessons

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These days we all have limited time to do the things we like. We always have to make the most out of our time. If you are reading this, one of the things you like to do is to play the banjo, with one of your goals to always be a better player.

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