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4 Great Ways To Learn To Play the Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2017 1:22:00 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Playing Tips, Banjo Teachers, banjo tips, How To Play, tenor banjo lessons

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Learning to play the banjo these days is easier than ever.  With the popularity of the banjo and acoustic music growing at a record pace, there are more tools to learn with as well as other musicians to play with.

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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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Play Music How You Feel It?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 24, 2015 6:29:29 AM / by Barry Hunn posted in Playing Tips, banjo tips

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Beginning musician’s struggle with this concept: play the music how you “feel” it. What does that mean? How can that be quantified?

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7 Tips To Get You Started On Playing the Banjo Today

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2015 11:28:11 AM / by Carolina Bridges posted in Playing Tips, banjo tips, How To Play, Learning Banjo

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The world is a busy place and there is no doubt that there is much on everyone’s plate. Because of this we often put off what might be one of the most fulfilling experiences of our lives such as learning to play a banjo. Today I would like to see if I can help you see ways to carve out some time to make this happen sooner than later!

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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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The Power of a Light Touch

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 3, 2013 5:37:30 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Playing Tips, banjo tips, How To Play

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Have you ever noticed that the best hitters in baseball have an incredibly smooth swing?  They don't "swing for the fences" - that's what hitters with a high strike out number have.  They have a sweet, smooth swing, that connects the sweet spot of the bat to the incoming ball and the ball flies off the bat with incredible power and precise direction.  Having a light touch when playing your banjo or any instrument is essential in sounding your best as well.

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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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