Katy Lou's Swing Banjo Lick! Free Lesson!

Banjo- Swing banjo lick
Earlier this week I shared a video of my sisters playing some bluegrass swing that has since gone viral. So, this week I'm offering a free swing banjo lick played by Katy and the theory behind it!

Hop, Skip, & Jump– Banjo Pull-Off Exercise!

Banjo- Hop, Skip, & Jump Pull-Off Exercise
I want to make learning fun. Learning should be fun. Fun learning means you want to keep learning. That's what this lesson will do. Let's work on our pull-offs with this original tune/exercise called "Hop, Skip, & Jump!" It's part of my brand new banjo cu

3 HOT Guitar Solos for John Henry!

Guitar- John Henry
Be sure to follow the link below to see a big announcement! And, this week's lesson is huge. I'll teach you 3 HOT solos for "John Henry" in the key of G. We'll start down low and progress up the neck. You can do it!

Multiple Keys, No Capo! Red River Valley on Banjo!

Banjo- Red River Valley
This week we'll learn 3 banjo solos for Red River Vally in 3 different keys. But here's the kicker–no capo or retuning! Let's start in the key of C, then modulate to D and G. There's different strategy involved for each key, which is what we'll focus on t

SOLD! Carson Herringbone 28-Style Guitar!

Carson Guitar for sale
SOLD! I've got a great deal for someone looking for a unique and SOLID dread guitar! My friend Russ Carson (banjo picker for Ricky Skaggs) built this one in '07. He's finally ready to turn loose of it, and it can be yours!

Mandolin Build-a-Break– Red River Valley!

Mandolin- Red River Valley Build-a-Break
We'll start with the basic melody in C, a great key to sing it in! From there we'll add some strumming accompaniment, then crosspicking, and finally turn loose a bit up top!

Boogie Woogie Banjo Backup– 2nd Edition!

Banjo- Boogie Woogie Backup- 2nd Edition
I'll be honest and state this is some of my most extensive and applicable teaching regarding banjo backup–a HOT topic amongst players. We're gonna learn four different closed boogie woogie licks that build upon each other. I'll show you how to use, modify

B Major Scale Study for Mandolin!

Mandolin- B Major Scale Study
I get TONS of questions about playing in B on the mandolin. I can teach you some licks (and I know me), but I also want you to understand what you're doing. We'll start with 3 different positions you HAVE to know, then give you a killer finger-

Life's Railway for Banjo– Hot Solo AND Backup!

Banjo- Life's Railway to Heaven Solo and Backup
This is the last week in our "Life's Railway" series, and I leave you banjo pickers with a bang. Let's learn a challenging solo AND some rolling backup! I've got tabs for both, as well as five jamtrack mp3's, and I'll explain how I arrived at both.

Hot Mandolin Friday– Life's Railway to Heaven!

Mandolin- Life's Railway to Heaven
Gold Pick member Jason Caines requested I make this one a "10" to let it hang out, so I did while still trying to remain tasty and communicate the melodious beauty of this ol' gospel tune. Enjoy!

Banjo Build-a-Break for Amazing Grace!

Banjo- Amazing Grace Build-a-Break
One of the top questions I receive regarding banjo is how to know which roll to play and when to play it. We're gonna address that here as we learn 3 solos for "Amazing Grace" in G! And, for those of you wanting to learn banjo, this basic melody is a grea

Mandolin Build-a-Break for Amazing Grace!

Mandolin- Amazing Grace, Build-a-Break
We'll land on a super tasty 3rd solo for "Amazing Grace" in G, but I'll first show you the pieces of the puzzle to get there, beginning with the basic melody! This is a great key to sing it in, as well.

Amazing Grace Build-a-Break Guitar Lesson!

Guitar- Amazing Grace- Build-a-Break
By the grace of God, we start a new year! Now let's get to pickin'! We'll start with the basic melody of "Amazing Grace" that ANYONE can learn, then add strums and continue to beef it up. Also, this is a KILLER pick accuracy exercise, and we'll have fun d

Banjo Build-a-Break for "Good King Wenceslas!"

Banjo- Good King Wenceslas Build-a-Break
Let's get in the Christmas spirit and get better at banjo. Want to? Me too. We'll start with the basic melody, add rolls and fillers to thicken it up, and finally import licks to build a solo hotter than Granny's cocoa! Don't forget the 3 speeds of mp3 ja

Build-a-Break Mandolin Lesson for Good King Wenceslas!

Mandolin- Good King Wenceslas Build-a-Break
We have three solos to this classic Christmas tune in build-a-break fashion. This means we'll start with the basic melody, then add eighth notes and scale licks to beef it up, then a third solo full of licks and tricks that will make Granny giddy. Enjoy t
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