New COURSES: Beginner & intermediate

This past month I spent time revamping an old beginner banjo course.  The course is now available on Teachable/Skillshare, and Udemy:

Beginner Banjo: Roll your way into songs!

https://jodyhughesbanjo.teachable.com/p/beginner-banjo-part-one

SKILLSHARE LINK:

https://skl.sh/2LA73fh

SUMMARY OF CONTENTS:

How to wear your picks, my recommendations on fingerpicks/thumbpicks, Basic banjo roll patterns (forward-reverse/alternating thumb/forward), Basic Chords G/C/D7/Eminor.  I also go over the songs Cumberland Gap, Cripple Creek, and Nine Pound hammer.  These arrangements are geared for the pure beginner.  I cover ornamentations like slides.  This course does not use TABLATURE to get you going.  I think tablature is more important later on, after you can already play some songs.  It comes with a play along for the standard Cripple Creek.


12 ARPEGGIO ETUDES FOR BANJO

The Second Course is entitled “12 Arpeggio Etudes in the key of A minor.”  This is a real technique and fingerboard workout intended for the intermediate+ banjo student.  Prerequisites include being familiar with single-string technique. 

People often ask me how I improvise all over the fingerboard, this is partly due to having the CHORD TONES and arpeggios mapped out all up and down the fingerboard.  In fact,  I would say learning my arpeggios in all my keys up and down the neck had more of an impact on my improvisation abilities than most anything else I’ve studied.

https://jodyhughesbanjo.teachable.com/p/12-aminor-etudes-for-banjo

By the time you are done with this course, you will know your fingerboard in the key of A minor extremely well, as well as have a great increase in technical abilities.

A preview of the ideas used:

 

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