Learn to play Banjo

Styles 

There are many ways to play the 5 string banjo however the instrument really comes alive when you explore some of the traditional American styles. I teach bluegrass banjo at beginner level however my favoured approach is the clawhammer/frailing method which has had a resurgence in recent years across various Americana influenced genres. This fantastic style of playing draws from diverse roots including traditional African music and Scottish / Irish fiddle music. 

One of the great things about this style is that you can play chords, melody and bouncy rhythms all at the same time! Sounds a lot but you can really be knocking out tunes fairly quickly either as a solo instrumentalist, with vocal accompaniment, or with other instruments such as guitar or fiddle.

Tablature

I encourage and teach my students to read banjo tablature, a really easy to understand notation method that will open up a vast repertoire of banjo tunes for you to explore.

Video recording

Video recording key learning points on your smart phone during lessons is another great option. This allows you to review your banjo lessons in your own time and at your own pace.

Additional resources

There are on-line resources, instructional DVD’s and CD’s, banjo tablature books, which can be really useful when learning banjo. However nothing replaces personal instruction or compensates for the teachers direct approach to the learners specific capabilities. Utilising these resources in conjunction with personal lessons may be an option that maximises your understanding, progress and enjoyment.

Get in touch to talk through what interests you.

 

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