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New Banjo Basics Course – Enroll Now!

Enroll NOW:  On-Line Banjo Basics Course  Introductory Offer:  $59.50 US dollars per year (that’s less than $5/month).    Save over 20% off regular price.  Offer expires July 31, 2017.  Once you enroll, you will be contacted and given a password to access the private website.  Enroll now and start learning how to play the banjo.  To enroll, click on the PayPal button below; or call 816-224-2330 or email to: banjobarron@sbcglobal.net

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This course is packed with everything you need to start learning how to play the banjo.  The course includes 16 videos,  printable practice worksheets, FAQ’s, reference diagrams, links,  tips and tools, and 12 months of FREE course updates.  There are five self-paced lessons available 24/7.  Topics include:

  • Getting Ready (orientation, tuning, picking techniques with exercises)
  • How to read Banjo Tablature
  • Proper Counting and Timing
  • Playing Six Banjo Rolls
  • Playing your first Bluegrass Song
  • Click here for more details about each topic:  Course Descriptions
  • Enroll Now by clicking the PayPal button below.

The proprietary content in this course is fundamental to becoming a good banjo player and creates a wonderful foundation to build your skills.  Even though is designed for new banjo players, it is also a good choice for experienced players that want to re-fresh the basic TIMING skills.   This is a fun course and even has a skill assessment that you can take anytime.   The course is hosted on a private password website and you can have access to  a experienced banjo coach to help answer your questions.

With your enrollment, you receive FREE course updates for 12 months.   This is a global course and is perfect for any time zone, and for those with busy work schedules that make traditional face to face lessons impractical.

Imagine learning to play the banjo at your pace, on your schedule, at your convenience.   On-line learning is to your benefit because you can replay the videos as much as you want.  There are many exercises that you can print or view them on-line all for your preference.

This course is designed with the utmost flexibility in mind.  It uses proven learning techniques of hearing, seeing, and doing.  It is my goal to provide self-paced education that works and is affordable globally.  Why not make 2015 your year to start building your banjo skills?  It is a happy instrument and I play it because I love the unique sound.  Please enroll now by clicking on the PayPal button below. 

Any questions please email:  banjobarron@sbcglobal.net or Call 816-224-2330.

Blue Moon of Kentucky – a true classic


Here is a nice video of how the Father of Bluegrass, Mr Bill Monroe shows us how it is done.  Notice the song starts in 3/4 time and progresses to 4/4 time.  Each bluegrass banjo player should put this in their repertoire of songs.

When I first got into bluegrass music, I couldn’t really appreciate this song as it sounded kind of “real hillbilly” but now, I regard it as one of the best songs that Bill Monroe ever wrote.  The high lonesome sound is very common to the bluegrass genre of music. WOW!!  I hope you enjoy it and learn how to play it.  Let me know if you want me to teach you this one.

Jump Start your Practice Session!

Any new banjo player will practice a variety of basis “rolls” which is foundational to advancing to more embellished techniques using slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs.  However during the beginning stages most players get “bored” with just practicing “rolls”.  As a matter of fact, most family members, get real tired of hearing you play the same thing over and over, perhaps thousands of times.

The remedy for this is a device called a “banjo mute”.  Of course their are a variety of models to choose from.  If you really want the “cheap” version you can take a paper napkin and roll it up to a size of a small cigar and place it under the strings just in front of the bridge.  It is amazing how this works and still enables you to practice without driving everyone else crazy.  So the next time you want to jump start your practice session, just “roll your own” mute and while you are doing that, use your metronome with a headset.  Wah-lah!  Peace in the family and you are on your way to improving your skills.