This is a great lesson for basic banjo players or for any banjo pickers who would like to have some exposure in playing in the key of "C" yet using standard tuning! This tab follows the melody closely and is basic enough for anyone to learn, especially wh
This 30+ minute lesson teaches 4 "bluesy" boogie woogie runs out of the key of G, some of which are "closed" patterns (no open strings), which means you can use them in ANY key...and I show you how to do that in the video lesson! You can find...
This is probably the most practical mandolin lesson I've put on the site so far, ESPECIALLY if you're a beginner or "wannabe" mandolin picker! Actually, it's two completely different video lesson series, but they're connected in a special way. First, I te
I've had many requests to teach the song "Dixie", but I thought it would be cool to also incorporate a little "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in there as well! The intro and outro of this tune uses some great harmonic techniques to get the "Yankee Doodle" sound, mi
In this world, there are a few melodies that stand alone apart from the words, and this is one. Perhaps one of the most beautiful and timeless hymns ever written, "In the Garden" holds a special place in my heart! Check out this straight-ahead finger styl
We lost a good one today. George Jones has passed away. In my opinion, he was the greatest singer Nashville has ever seen. I had the incredible privilege of playing piano on the Grand Ole Opry for George's...
Rumor has it that "Turkey In The Straw" was the very first #1 radio hit in American history! As far as I'm concerned, I'd rather hear it over most the stuff on the radio nowadays as well! Check out this great version of a classic tune...
This is a perfect blend of Scruggs-style and melodics, tied up neatly in a tune we all know and love! Like most fiddle tunes, this one has two A parts and two B parts, so there's lots of creative freedom in building your own breaks from the parts I offer.
Check out this cool arrangement! You probably remember this tune from when you were a kid, and this song has a way to take us back to the good 'ol days. I've built this break to cater to players of ALL levels, and I know you're gonna love it. Don't play i
John Hardy is simply...a fun tune to play! I built this one for SPEED! This version has some Monroe and Sam Bush type licks in it, and if you play it super-fast and a little bit "trashy", it'll still sounds GOOD! This one is in the key of "G", which gives
This one is HOT! John Hardy is an old ballad written about a rough feller that lived in the late 1800's. This song has some great lyrics, but it's also played quite often as an instrumental! This song was recorded by the Carter Family in 1930, so the firs
When the song is in "D", do you find yourself wanting to toss your banjo to the curb? Fear no more! "D" doesn't stand for delusional...it stands for DONE! In this video and the tab that accompanies it, Ben clears the fog between you and the big D...and he
If you're gonna learn to pick on the geetar, it sure helps to know how to read tabs. There are two basic parts of reading tabs: 1) The notes themselves, 2) The timing of each note! This tab goes along with the 40+ minute video lesson series where Ben show
I'm headed to Cuba for 9 days on a mission trip with a group from my church here in Old Hickory, TN. My buddy Andy will be monitoring the emails sent through the site, so if you have any issues, he should be able to get you fixed up! Thank you for your pa
If you're gonna learn to pick on the mand'lin, it sure helps to know how to read tabs. There are two basic parts of reading tabs: 1) The notes themselves, 2) The timing of each note! This tab goes along with the ~40 minute video lesson series where Ben sh
If you're gonna learn to pick on the banjer, you're gonna need to know how to read tabs. There are two basic parts of reading tabs: 1) The notes themselves, 2) The timing of each note! You can find the videos HERE and the tab HERE!
Whether finger picking, cross picking, or simply playing chords, an understanding of how chord suspensions work is vital for all guitar players! Most every guitar picker probably plays a suspension here or there, but may not even know what they're doing.
Want to learn how to navigate the neck a little better? Perhaps throw down some tremolo that takes the audience to the next chord with you? This exercise is for you! After watching the video and learning this exercise, you'll be able to play fills and tre