Dueling Banjos – Part 2!

Ok here’s the fast part. In this vid we’ll walk you through how to transition from the dueling part to the up-speed banjo solo! Enjoy! tags: duelling banjo dueling earl scruggs deliverance deliverence song

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Dueling Banjos – Part 1. Split Screen!

You’ve been asking for it so here it is! This is part 1 to Dueling banjos. I go completely through how to play this great tune. Click the video to get started. This is a more advanced lesson but basic enough that a beginner will learn a lot from it.

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Blackberry Blossom

How to play Blackberry Blossom on the Banjo. Click here to get signed up for Ryan’s online video banjo lessons!

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Worried Man Blues. Beginner and Expert level banjo break!

Learn how to play Worried Man Blues on the banjo. This little tune will walk you through the G, C, and D chord. It’s a great song to learn some of the very basic licks. For our beginner version we will only use the forward/reverse roll. Enjoy! Ryan

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Pike County Breakdown + Ending!

Ok, here’s my version of Pike County Breakdown. It’s a bit different than the original. I think you’ll like it. Mainly I have added one of my favorite endings into the lesson. You can use this ending in a lot of different tunes. It’s a great one to learn. Have fun! Sign Up for Ryan’s…

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How to Play Cripple Creek on the Banjo!

Welcome to Cripple Creek! Have you been looking for a crowd pleaser? This tune will get your fans moving. This is the first lesson in our Cripple Creek series. There will be more to come, even an up the neck version. Enjoy! Sign Up for Ryan’s high powered banjo lessons!

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Big Spike Hammer – Video Banjo Lesson

Here is one of my favorite tunes, Big Spike Hammer. This banjo lesson will only be available for FREE for a limited time. I’ve always enjoyed watching Ron Block pick this tune. In this lesson you’ll learn a cool pull-off taking you from the “G” chord to an “E minor”. Then you’ll learn which not…

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What Are Your Top 5 Favorite Banjo Songs?

We all have some favorite banjo tunes. Comment below and let us know your top 5 favorite banjo picking songs whether you play them yet or not. Ryan: 1. Earls Breakdown 2. Doug’s Tune 3. Peaches n’ Cream 4. White Water 5. Up on the Blue Ridge

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4 Steps To Playing the Banjo in Your Local Jam!

Question: Ryan, for some reason I just don’t get it. I have been learning from books and tabs. I try, and a poor CRIPPLE CREEK is all I can play. I’m stuck, and about ready to give this up. I want to learn, I enjoy playing, but I won’t even play unless my wife is…

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Can You Write Tablature?

Tom just sent in Salt Creek completely tabbed out! Tom is a premium member on the site and has really put in some hard work tabbing out Salt Creek straight from the video lesson. This takes some true effort! Great job Tom! I encourage you to take a shot at tabbing out one of the…

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Are Your Banjo Picks The Right Shape?

Question and Answer with Mike. Check out the pic and then read the great banjo question below! Question: Ryan, Can you check out the photo attached and see if these picks are formed correctly? I am a relative novice (less than a year) and can play the basic songs around 3/4 speed. Every once in…

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Melissa’s Video Critique!

Melissa I just want to thank you for your boldness and courage in allowing me to share this with our fellow banjo students. I hope that you will gain much from this video banjo lesson, and that others will too. You are doing great! Keep up the good work. Thanks again, Ryan To download this…

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Who is Your Favorite Banjo Player?

People often ask who’s your favorite banjo player? Well since you’ve asked I’ll tell you. I actually have three. My very favorite of all has always been Sammy Shelor but Ron Stewart stands right beside him in my mind. There are so many good players that I could go on and on about the things…

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Banjo Lessons on the IPad

Is anyone using an iPad to watch our video banjo lessons. I recently spike to a member who stated that he could watch them fine on a Mac desktop but couldn’t get them to load on an iPad. I use a MacBook and an iPhone which dont have any issues but I’m not familiar with…

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Our New Video Critiques! Melissa’s video this week.

Hello, as many of you know who are signed up for our e-zine, you can send in a video of you playing a song or two and I will respond with a video critique. I have briefly mentioned this in our ezine and just wanted to make another official invitation to you as of now.…

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Shucking The Corn – Part 2

Part 2! Here’s the “B” part of Shucking the Corn on the Banjo. Shucking the Corn is one of my favorite banjo songs and always will be. I hope you enjoy my version of the B part. Don’t forget to send me a video or two of you playing some tunes for a video critique.…

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How Long to Master Banjo Rolls? Q/A with Don

Question Ryan, What would be a good time frame to master the rolls on the Banjo. Keep in mind that I am 76 years old. My fingers and mind is much slower than a younger person. Thank you Don H. Answer Don, thanks for the great question. I would say that we all should be…

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Are Your Picking Fingers Sticking Together? Q&A with Josselin

Question Hi Ryan, Thank you for this really nice video. I mostly appreciate the cam on your right hand, the one with the finger picks. It was really instructive to see your fingers moving at the right moment on the right strings. If I mostly noticed this it’s because I feel like my right hand…

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How to Play Shucking the Corn! “A” Part

Sign Up for Ryan’s high powered banjo lessons! Shucking the Corn! Here’s an in depth video of how to play the “A” part of Shucking the Corn on the Banjo. I play the song up to speed first and then break down the licks at a slower pace. Shucking the Corn has been one of…

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Look for This When Buying a Banjo!

There are several things you should look for when you buy a new banjo. In this lesson we talk about just a few of them, but not all. There is more to come. I’ve also added a few bonus setup tips in this video as well. Enjoy. This lesson will be locked for member’s only…

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Burk’s Questions ~ Can I Learn To Play Dueling Banjos Fast?

Question: Hi Ryan – Thanks so much for putting together such an awesome site!  Found you doing a Google search for proper right hand position 🙂   Wondered if you would weigh in on something for me…I grew up as a violinist/fiddle player since I was 5…, been around music and bluegrass all my life…

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Now’s Your Chance! What’s Your Banjo Tip?

What’s your best banjo tip, picking trick, maintenance secret, etc… What little secret has helped you the most. I’m going to put together a post that will feature all of our favorite banjo tips. These are the things that make you a better picker. Take a moment and write out what it is that helps…

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Two Lessons Coming Next – Ryan’s Theory on Teaching Banjo

Here are the titles to our next two lessons: 1. “Shady Grove (the advanced version)” 2. “Back-up Basics for Banjo Players” I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. We had an enjoyable time with family. From time to time I take a little break from recording to keep a fresh edge on my teaching…

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Dueling Banjos Ending!

Here’s a great ending to Dueling Banjos. If you’ve been working on this tune then this banjo lesson’s for you. If not, then this ending will fit into many bluegrass songs. It’s quite flexible. Try it out! Click HERE to sign up for Ryan’s video banjo lessons.

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Bile Them Cabbage Down “The Beginner Version”

This is the ultra-beginner version of Bile Them Cabbage Down. Seth (a premium member) requested this video, so this ones for you 🙂 In this banjo lesson I’ll walk you through how to play this great tune in just a few easy steps. You’ll want to first grasp the melody which we’ll cover in the…

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What Accessory is a MUST For Your Banjo?

Three new HD banjo lessons coming very soon. 1. Right Hand Positioning. We’re going to dig into some posture and hand positioning that will have you playing up to speed more quickly than other newbie banjo players. You’ll learn how to find the SWEET SPOT! There’s so much you can learn from someone who has…

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How To Play Shady Grove on the Banjo (this one’s for you Bob)

“Shady Grove” Here it is! Bob R, one of our members, asked for this lesson. He requested to have a simplified beginner style lesson of Shady Grove and an Expert level, so here is the beginner lesson to Shady Grove. I kept it simple and outlined the melody. You’ll find that we use the alternating…

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Left Hand Posture! Learn To Play With Your Bones…

Hello, this banjo lesson will teach you how to properly play with your left hand. You’ll learn the proper posture for playing the banjo. This video will be moved to the member’s only page this week. Enjoy! Remember that you can click the little button with four arrows on it which is located on the…

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Here’s a Powerful Banjo Ending!

I put this lesson together so you could have one of those endings that the PRO’s use! We’ve had some members on the site trying to learn what exactly it is that they’re doing and this is it. This ending will make you sound pro banjo player. Enjoy this video banjo lesson! It will be…

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3 New Video Banjo Lessons This Weekend!

I’ll be adding three new lessons to the site this weekend. They will arrive throughout the day on Saturday. I may wait until Sunday to upload the last of the three just to keep you waiting… “that’s horrible!” Ok here’s the titles: 1. Proper Left Hand Posture. This compact lesson will teach you how to…

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Banjo Lessons coming in HD!

Hello, I’m so excited to tell you that I’m working very hard on getting our new lessons recorded in high definition. I think the clarity along with the split-screen will make a fantastic video lesson for you. I just picked up my first hd camera tonight and found out that it’s not working after getting…

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Thank You!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has visited banjoexpert.com in the recent days and weeks, and to those of you who have been faithfully taking our online lessons for several years now. I just noticed tonight that we ranked #1 in Google’s organic search engine (which means it’s not a…

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Rolls and Chords for Beginning Bluegrass Banjo Players

In this video you’ll learn how to play the three main rolls of the 5 string bluegrass banjo. You’ll also get a introduction to the G, C, D, and F chords. If you watch closely you might pick up a few chording licks near the end of the video! This video is now a Member’s…

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Chromatic Banjo Intro – Split Screen!

Hello, this is our first split screen video! I’m very excited about this and hope you will enjoy it too. Let me know your thoughts and requests. Thanks, Ryan

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New Video Coming this Week! Chromatic Intro…

Hello, just wanted to give you a little update on what’s happening here at banjoexpert.com. I’m working on a bit of a redesign. My goal is to make the website easier to use with many more vids for our members! You’re about to see some really cool changes. This week we’ll have a new lesson…

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Student Video: Can you play the $50 Banjo Lick?

Hello, I just wanted to post this great video of Jason and his two sons Brendan and Jeremiah playing at their grandmother’s 90th birthday party. I know this video will inspire you as it has me. Jason is a member on this site and is doing a fabulous job teaching himself and his boys how…

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“D” Chord Riffs

Morning’ everyone. This video covers some D chord riffs along with one of my favorite little licks. By the way, if you feel stuck or are having troubles getting started don’t forget to email me. I’ll help you. We can do a little skype lesson or something, but I’m here to help you learn…

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Don’t have “D” Tuners? Here’s a little trick!

I don’t have “D” tuners either but here’s a little trick that you can use to play Earl’s Breakdown. We all like the lessons that show us a trick or shortcut when playing the banjo. This is a cool one! In this video I’ll show you how to get that cool bending sound out…

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Two Mistakes Banjo Players Make!

Here are two of the seven most common mistakes that banjo players make. I’m going through our popular article “The 7 Most Common Mistakes of Banjo Players! + The Banjo Secret!” in video format. We’ll talk a little more in depth about each mistake and add a lot more to the Banjo Secret! You…

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Learn the $50 Banjo Lick!

Due to popular request this is the video lesson to our original 50 dollar lick. This lick takes you from high up the neck all the way down to and open G string. This is a great chromatic lick to insert into Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Your fans will love it. Enjoy Click here to…

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Now’s Your Chance. Request a Lesson!

We’re taking lesson requests for our next batch of lessons. We’ve started recording our lessons in batches instead of weekly. It’s just a little experiment on our end. We’ll see how it goes. We’re all about trying new things. Add your request in the comment section below. We’re looking for your ideas!

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Two Standard Banjo Endings. Learn how to pick “sideways”!

Hello, in this video you’re going to learn two very powerful banjo endings. I’ll even teach you how to pick sideways. I bet you don’t hear this from anyone else. These are the little details that really make you good. Wow, you can’t miss this one. Have a great week!

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Cripple Creek Backup Video!

Ok, this lesson is a bit different. I’m going to play through Cripple Creek once on the banjo and then play through once on the guitar. This will give you the opportunity to hear yourself play this tune with a guitar. If you’ve been a little nervous about going out to your first jam…

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17th Fret Alternating Lick! It’s a cool one…

Hello, here is a great lick that you’ll start at the 17th fret and end up on an open G string. You’re going to really enjoy this one. Have a great day!

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Getting A Scratchy Tone When Picking?

Question: Hello Ryan, I have downloaded your beginners lessons and am working through them, hoping I haven’t taught myself too many bad habits! I have a simple question about my picking. I am getting an ‘un-clean’ picking tone as I pick the string I am hearing an initial scratch / buzzing noise. I am using…

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Rick’s Question about Metal Thumb Picks

Question: Hey Ryan, how come no one makes metal thumb picks? I’ve had all kinds of problems with these plastic thumb picks breaking in half. I’ve been using Dunlap thumb picks which I like because they are larger and have a longer reach, but they have been breaking. Good thing i have extras. My teacher…

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Cripple Creek Part 2

Here’s the “B” part to Cripple Creek. What a great tune! We’ll have the tab up shortly. Thanks, Ryan Click here to join as a member and get this video!

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Merry Banjo Christmas

Hope you’re enjoying the Christmas day! I just gave a little guitar lesson to my nephew. He now knows a “G” scale and the names of the strings. We’re having a good day. Here’s three Christmas banjo tips: 1. Learn an “up the neck” version to each one of your instrumentals. 2. Wear a strap…

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Joe’s Question about Banjo Strings and Straps

Question Ryan, You mentioned, in the Q&A section of your ezine that you change your strings after playing several hours. Mine have never been changed although so far they have kept good tone. If I start playing as much as as think I will, I’m going to need quite a few sets. What are the…

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John Hardy Tablature

Just uploaded the long awaited John Hardy tab. This is the tab for John Hardy #1 and #2 lesson. Click here to view. What a great tune! Enjoy.

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