Author: Jody Hughes

I am a full-time banjo and acoustic guitar teacher, performer and composer. I have performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry and The Ryman Auditorium. My interests include developing educational materials for the advancing banjoist and composing Original Music mixing my background in Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical and Latin Music.
07/11/2017 / Banjo

A topic I often discuss with students is Right-Hand Finger Pressure: Learning the proper finger pressure to use at the right moment on each string is something to practice as soon as one gets the basic string…

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05/26/2017 / Uncategorized

One of the best ways to train your ears is to transcribe music from recordings.  However, it is not enough to tell someone to “transcribe”, there’s in fact a way to transcribe that you will…

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04/26/2017 / Uncategorized

My latest banjo arrangement up is “Bells of St Mary’s.”  This song has always been a favorite of mine, I used to play it in contest many years ago. This version is for those between…

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04/20/2017 / Uncategorized
04/08/2017 / Uncategorized

In this post, I cover a few tips to accelerate your left-hand technique. I recently posted this teaching video on youtube; it details an exercise I have my beginners do, I call it “jumping the gun.”…

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04/03/2017 / Banjo

Here is my latest original banjo song entitled “Falling Glass.” It is written in the mode of G Mixolydian.  I tried to combine a modern and old-timey sound together.  The TAB of the first variation/melody…

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