Bend the 1st String / Chording Basics

Hello, in this lesson you’ll learn an advanced bend on the 1st string and also learn some ultimate beginner banjo chording techniques. The advanced part is the fist half of the vid and the beginner chording is the second part. I probably should have split this lesson into two separate weeks but thought you…

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Let’s Watch a Powerful Bela Break.

This is one of my all time favorite bluegrass video clips. Tony is a master at “Freeborn Man”. All of the musicians in this vid are phenomenal. See if you can figure out part of Bela’s break. It’s pretty exciting.

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Do You Pick When Your Stressed?

I must say that this has been a stress filled evening. Little did I know that I have a habit of picking up my banjo, sitting on the floor and ripping through some fast banjo tunes when I’m stressed (my wife pointed this out). I guess you could say that this is a good form…

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3 Hot Banjo Tips

1. Change those dead strings! One of the most common causes of stretchy strings is playing with those that are dead, and I do mean the strings you just purchased two weeks ago. Strings can lose their tone or become damaged very quickly. You’ll know they’re bad when you see black spots or a discoloration…

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Alternating and Backward Rolls

This is the 3rd part of the Right Hand Techniques series. We’re going to go over the alternating and backward rolls. In the next lesson we’ll be covering a Power Roll that I created to help you make the connection between mind and right hand in order to make the melody line stand out.…

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Banjo Vids This Weekend

This weekend we will be posting the final 2 videos of the Right Hand Techniques series. I have this series on DVD if you’re interested. At this time, there are only 10 copies available. If you’re interested just let me know (ryan@banjoexpert.com). I’ll be shipping them out to your door for a flat fee of…

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Right Hand Techniques Part 2

In this video we discover a new exercise to help you develop a stronger and more consistent right hand in your banjo playing.

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Inspirational Banjo Picking!

Here’s a few banjo tunes to inspire your banjo picking. We’ll see you tomorrow with another high powered banjo lesson!

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Old Joe Clark Tab (B part)

You can now download the b part of Old Joe Clark here. This was a great lesson series. Check out the 3rd video in this series to get the most out of this piece of tablature. Enjoy!

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How to Play With Drive

The fact is that you have to build a strong consistent right hand if you want to add some drive to your picking. In this four part lesson series we’re going to discuss several very powerful techniques that will get you on the right track to becoming a hard driving banjo player. To many…

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Question from Adrian

Question Ryan, Hello, I got a banjo for Christmas this year from the family. I’ve never played a musical instrument in my life (now 48). I find it easiest to be guided through one string at a time. Whether it be a forward or backward role, 3-2-1, 4-1-2. Thats how it seems to work best…

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Old Joe Clark

Check out our 4 part lesson on Old Joe Clark. In this post you will find the first three videos plus the tablature to the “A” part. We will post the final lesson later this week along with the tab for the “B” part. Click here to download the tab for the “A” part.…

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How to Play “Down the Road”

In this video lesson we’re diving into “Down the Road”. This is a very cool banjo tune that demonstrates a lot of drive. If you want to learn how to play with drive in your picking then this is the one to learn. Simple tune; however, when played with solid rolls will sound like…

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Record Your Banjo – Names of the Banjo Strings

Hello, if you’ve recorded a banjo tune and would like to have it featured right here on banjoexpert.com then send send me an email at ryan@banjoexpert.com. I’m would like to add some of our students picking to the site this year. I would be great to hear what songs your working on and how…

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Thanks so much for your patience.

We finally recovered our site tonight and we’re back in full force. I must say that it’s quite a relief. It’s certainly been a long week since everything fell apart on January 9th. As it turns out, we have been able to recover the entire website. I’m sure there will be a few wrinkles here…

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Bluesy Banjo Lick (video)

Today we’re going to jump into a fun bluesy lick on the banjo. If you’re an absolute beginner watch the video and see what you think. I would encourage you to take a stab at it. See if you can get through the notes. If you do, you’ll end up with a really cool…

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You’re Stretching Too Far!

There seems to be a common theme with new pickers not wanting to relax their right hand while picking the banjo. Stop stretching so much This can be corrected very quickly. New pickers tend to keep their right hand perfectly still while reaching or stretching for the strings with their fingers. It’s almost as…

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Hot Banjo Lick Below the 5th Fret

Click here to get the free tab to this song in tabledit format

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FREE Webcam Banjo Lesson!

I’m going to offer one FREE webcam lesson this week to any member who is interested. This will be a full one hour banjo lesson via webcam. I’m only going to offer a limited number of these lessons, so jump in quickly. They won’t last long. Just email me at ryan@banjoexpert.com and I’ll fill you…

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Dueling Banjo Tabs

With the conclusion of our dueling banjo lesson series I wanted to post the tablature to the fast part of the song as promised. This piece of tab is written in tabledit format. You will have to have tabledit software to view these tabs. Click here to download the fast part. Here is a link…

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Are You a Twitter Fan?

Do You Use Twitter? ( surveys) I just started my twitter page and we’ll see how it goes. I’m curious to know…

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3 Ways to Kick-off a Bluegrass Tune.

Can you rattle off 3 kick-offs right now if you were asked? What comes to mind when you think of a bluegrass kick-off? In this member’s video we’re going to go over three different kicks. 1. The first kick will be based off of the fourth string sliding up to the 5th fret. 2. The…

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Do you have an idea for banjoexpert.com?

What would make this a better place for you to learn the banjo? Is there something that you feel would help you learn quicker. Now’s your chance to give us some feedback. We’re currently brainstorming some new ideas for 2009 to enhance your banjo experience. If you…

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Ron Block Banjo DVD Coming Soon!

Don’t miss your chance to grab Ron Block’s new DVD!!! If you’re one of the first few to get your order in…

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How to Read Tabs – Straight from the Mystery Banjo Student

Learning to read tablature will open up a new world to your banjo playing. If you’ve never really grasped the concept of reading from tablature stay tuned for our “how to read tabs” video. I’m getting ready to record a screen shot video of some banjo tab in tabledit software. I sat down with…

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Dueling Banjos part 3 of 3 – Dynamite Ending!

Ok, here’s the ending we’ve all been waiting for. You’re really gonna like this one. This is an ending that you can use in many bluegrass songs. It starts off with a pinch slide and ends with a cool alternative D7 ending. Let me know what you think of it. Have a great week.…

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Dueling Banjos Part 2 of 3 – How to play the FAST part!

Let’s jump right in to the fast part of dueling banjos. If you’re a beginner don’t let this part intimidate you. It will seem difficult at first; however you must work through all of the licks. This song has some outstanding licks in it that we can use in many songs. When you’ve got…

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Dueling Banjos part 2 & 3 coming this weekend + NEW IDEA!

We’re going to jump head first into the 2nd part of dueling banjos. It should be interesting. This is the part that really picks up the pace. We’ll talk about how to transition into the lively part of the song and how to make it sound like you’re a lightning fast picker (little secret)! Monday…

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Dueling Banjos – Part 1 of 3

If you’ve always wanted to know how to play dueling banjos then here it is! I’m going to dive into a 3 part lesson on how to play this song from beginning to end. We’ll discover some really cool licks in this one! The first lesson above goes into detail about how to play…

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Three Finger Banjo Rolls + Standard Bluegrass Ending

Do you know the 3 basic roll patterns on the banjo? This 9 minute video takes you to the limit with rolls and picking speed. You’re going to learn how to play the banjo quicker with one simple tip! I’ll also show you how to play a very standard ending and what you need to…

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Cripple Creek (Up The Neck!)

If you’ve been wanting to learn an “up the neck” version of Cripple Creek then here it is. This new member’s video starts on the 10th fret and works its way down the neck. You’ll have this one under your belt in just a few minutes! Enjoy.

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Chording Basics (part 1)

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Chromatic Banjo Lick (It takes some stretching!)

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Make Your $0.99 Banjo Song Sound Like a Million Bucks!

Definition Playing a break without definition is like taking a trip without a map. If you decide to travel without knowing where you’re going then you could virtually end up anywhere. Playing the banjo without definition in your playing will confuse your listeners. Here’s how it breaks down. You define your playing by knowing your…

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Chords for Beginning Banjo Players!

This week we’re going to dive into some chords for beginning banjo players. If you’re new to the banjo and not quite sure how to make those chords or even what to do with them after you’ve twisted your fingers into the right position then you won’t want to miss this video lesson. I’m…

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Droning Lick in the “D” Chord

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5 String Banjo

If you’re brand new to the 5 string banjo and you’re ready to get started then this is what you need to know. Your bluegrass banjo has 5 strings. Since you want to play bluegrass you’ll need a five string banjo, some picks, a pinch of guidance and you’ll be ready. When you go out…

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Hot n’ Spicy Banjo Licks

Two hot new video lessons just added to the member’s page. Everyone needs some hot riffs in their back pocket. If you’ve been looking to add some spice to your picking then check out these two new lessons. “D” Droning Lick The first one is the cool droning lick we spoke about in the last…

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Full Neck Progression / How to Add Power!

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Wanna Play the Banjo Faster? Relax…

Bearing down and rushing through a hot banjo break won’t help you play faster. It tightens up the muscles in your hands and keeps you from picking with fluid powerful speed. Open up your hand. Relaxing your right hand will do wonders for your picking. If you’ve been jamming for quite a while and notice…

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Beginning Banjo Tips – Right & Left Hand, Bones, etc…

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Got a Banjo For Sale?

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Three Hot Banjo Licks!!!

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Dynamics! + Cool Bluesy Lick

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Are You Dragging Around Bad Banjo Habits?

Bad, bad habits will drag you down! They’ll keep your banjo picking at a sub-par level. You need to define the problems and drop them immediately. I can tell you that I’m as guilty as anyone, but if we really want to improve and move to the next level then we should take a good…

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Right Hand Control Secret!

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4 Tips for New Banjo Players?

Three things every new banjo player needs to know! If you’re just starting out on the banjo here are a few tips. Don’t be cheap! So you’ve made the decision to learn the banjo, now what. First you need a banjo. This is where you’re head will start spinning. There are so many banjo’s you…

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How to Change the Strings on Your Banjo

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Climbing the Mountain of Banjo Tabs?

Are you lost in a heap of banjo tabs? Do you feel like you’re hung up trying to grind out those black and white 0’s, 2’s, and 3’s just to learn a cool lick. Remember, you’re learning how to communicate an art that’s meant to inspire yourself and your fans. They’re not interested in piles…

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Tricks and Licks in the “C” Chord

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