Learning the Banjo Is Just a Click Away

by Carolina Bridges

Banjo is an instrument that you can teach yourself to play with great success.

Yes, having a teacher is always the best way but finding banjo teachers is, as they say, as hard as finding “hen’s teeth.” (Don’t know why they say that; hens don’t have teeth…)

So, to help you get ready for those upcoming festival jam sessions, I have made a list of the instructional resources readily available on the Deering website.

BEGINNING BOOKS FOR BLUEGRASS STYLE:

  1. First Lessons Banjo 16.99 CD/DVD included; my personal favorite
  2. Absolute Beginners w/ CD 12.99; good resource
  3. Play the Banjo Today w/ CD $9.95; easy to follow
  4. Banjo for the Young Beginner w/CD $14.99 -  I love books for kids because they are written with clear and easy to follow instructions.
  5. First Method 1 Mel Bay - a seasoned publication but still good.
  6. The Complete 5-string Banjo Player - $34.99 CD -  this one will take you from beginner through advanced and is done by Tony Trischka.
  7. Deering 2-finger DVD - $8.95 - learn to strum and sing with the banjo; not really a bluegrass method; but just plain fun!

BOOKS FOR TENOR BANJO:

  1. First Lessons Tenor $14.95 w/CD; the “first lessons” books by Mel Bay are always excellent resources.
  2. Mel Bay’s Complete Tenor Banjo $16.99; beginner & beyond
  3. Fun with the Tenor Banjo w/ CD; 14.95; good resource

CLAWHAMMER STYLE BANJO:

  1. First Lessons Clawhammer by Dan Levenson; W/CD; $9.99 NEW - A newer book by Dan and easy to learn from!
  2. Clawhammer from Scratch by Dan Levenson; $27.99 2xCD

6-STRING BANJO:
While any guitar book can be used to play 6-string banjo, we do have a couple of resources for you to try out.

  1. Fun with the 6-string banjo by Steve Kaufman; a 2-CD set with PDF downloads.
  2. 5-string Licks for 6-string Guitar; w/Cd $19.99; good for both guitar and banjo.

CHORD CHARTS: To spruce up on all those fancy chords. These are a quick reference.

  1. Mel Bay Tenor Chords; book; $5.99
  2. Tenor Chord Chart $4.99
  3. 5-string Chord Chart $4.99

SONGBOOKS: For those who just want to learn some new songs.

  1. Parking Lot Pickers $34.99
  2. Disney Songbook $12.99 26 songs
  3. Rare Bird Alert $19.95
  4. The Sparrow and the Hawk by Mean Mary James; $28.95 w/CD

COMMENTS

Kristin Scott Benson chooses the Deering Golden Series banjos
New call-to-action

Search Blog Post

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

May 30.2024

How to Develop Your Unique Banjo Style

Every banjo player dreams of a signature sound, a style that sets them apart and instantly captivates listeners. It's the difference between mimicking your...

Oct 26.2022

How Hard Is It To Play the Banjo

One of the biggest myths about the banjo is that it is hard to play. After generations of blisteringly fast bluegrass licks dominating the public's perception...

May 23.2021

Can You Play Clawhammer Banjo On a Resonator Banjo?

"Can you play clawhammer banjo on a resonator banjo?" It's a question that comes up fairly often both on online forums and out in the public. The answer is...

May 12.2021

Irish Tenor Banjo - What Is the Standard?

When it comes to Irish tenor banjo, it is hard to define exactly what type of banjo that is. Yes, it is a four string tenor banjo. But is it a 17-fret or a...

sign up for our newsletter

Archives

see all