Three hot solos here, folks, and presented with the "build-a-break" approach that teaches HOW to build solos, not just how to play these! We're in the key of G and start low with a basic melody (plus a trick or two), then we'll beef that one up, then go u
It's build-a-break time and we're about to have FUN. Start with a basic-ish melody then add harmonies and eighth notes. For the last solo, we go off the rails a bit...in a good way! There's something here for every guitar picker, that's for sure! You've j
To me, this is what makes playing banjo fun. Let's start with the basic melody consisting only of rolls and pinches. Then, take the same melody and add ornaments (slides, pull-offs, hammer-ons) to beef it up. THEN, let's get Scruggsy and add some slick li
Let's wrap up our tri-instrument series for "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and go out with a bang! The first solo is a beefed-up basic melody that provides a foundation for some crosspicking and bluesy tricks!
It's that time of year when we 'Mericans celebrate the anniversary of a little fling we had with our British brothers a few years back. "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is one of the tunes played around that time, though it's good to pick any place aroun
I've got a great new lesson this week! A couple quick announcements: 1) I've been neck deep building the new site and it's coming along. Thanks for your patience, and the wait will be worth it! 2) Get to working on this song, because I'm announcing a cont
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
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!
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! 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!
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
I get TONS of questions about playing in B on the mandolin. I can teach you some licks (and I will...you 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-
Let's have some fun. I've built a Blackberry Blossom that doubles as a speed exercise, and we'll also dive deep into some rhythm options that'll tickle your toes. And, don't forget them 3 speeds of jamtrack mp3's!
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.