New Banjo COURSES: Beginner & intermediate

This past month I spent time revamping an old beginner banjo course.  The course is now available on:




Banjo Course: Beginner Banjo: Roll your way into songs!

Online Banjo Course for $24 picture of a man's hands with banjo picks


  • How to wear your banjo picks
  • My recommendations on finger picks & banjo thumbpicks
  • Basic banjo roll patterns: Forward-reverse, alternating thumb, forward.
  • Basic banjo Chords: G, C, D7, and Eminor
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Cripple Creek
  • Nine Pound Hammer
  • Train 45
  • Slides
  • Play along for “Cripple Creek”

This course does not use TABLATURE to get you going. You want to learn the banjo NOW, you don’t want to have to learn to read music before getting started with the banjo.

I think tablature is more important later on, after you can already play some songs. 

Intermediate Banjo Course:


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.

This one is currently only available on Teachable:

By the time you are done with this course, you will know your banjo 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:


Jody Written by:

Professional Musician of 27 years. I've played Banjo and Acoustic Guitar on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, and The Ryman Auditorium. I've also played in six different countries.

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