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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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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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8 Great Banjo Camps to Attend This Year

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2015 2:39:10 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Banjo Camp, Playing Tips, banjo workshop, How To Play, Jens Kruger, Tony Trischka

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One of the best ways to dramatically improve your banjo playing is to attend a banjo camp or workshop.  At these events you'll have one on one action with some of the best banjo players in the world.  They will be happy to help you no matter what skill level you are at. There are also jams that take place late into the night and concerts.  You'll be sure to come home inspired.

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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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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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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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Inspiring the Non-Player

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2012 12:43:31 PM / by Carolina Bridges posted in 5-String Banjo, Playing Tips, banjo tips, banjo tuning, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Email Articles, How To Play, steve martin, Terry Baucom

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What stops someone from playing banjo? Is it the belief that banjo “is too hard” to play?  Is it because “I can’t find a teacher”? Is it because “they don’t like the sound of banjo music”? Let’s take a good look at the non-player and see what it might take to inspire them to begin to play the banjo.

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