Online Banjo and Guitar Lessons

Lessons for Banjo & Acoustic Guitar

Above is an example of HOW I teach banjo lessons online- step by step, using rolls and chord shapes!! 

My goal is to get you UNSTUCK and make sure you don’t form any bad habits before it’s too late.  We’ll cut right to the chase-No floundering around from banjo book to youtube video, to little progress because you don’t know what to actually work on.

Did you teach yourself how to play? 

Perhaps you’ve never played an instrument before and are worried this is will be difficult? 

Maybe you’re a singer-songwriter and you just need a few new ideas?

Don’t worry, most of my students were in that same boat.  I’ve taught hundreds of people how to play banjo and acoustic guitar through the internet and in-person over the last twenty years. 

My personal pledge

There’s nothing worse than taking music lessons from someone who insists on teaching what they are interested in, rather than what you’re interested in.  My background in a variety of music helps me meet students needs wherever they are at, and wherever they want to go.  I’m here to help you reach YOUR goals of learning to play banjo or acoustic guitar.

My personal guarantee is I’ll save you hours and possibly years on your music journey.  I’ve had students tell me, “I learned more in this one music lesson than I did the last four years!”  That’s what I want to hear, I don’t want to see you struggle and waste your time.


Jody gives banjo and guitar lessons to our 8 and 10 year old boys in our home. He’s a great teacher and has a real knack for communicating with them in a way that keeps them motivated. They continue to improve and love practicing as a result.”-Earne

“The lessons that I had with Jody were truly a huge help in learning how to play the banjo. The time that I invested with Jody was well worth it. I progressed so much more in the lessons with Jody compared to me just learning on my own “

Thanks Jody!-William B

Lesson Rates

Rates for weekly lessons:

$80 per hour,

$40 per 30 minute lesson.

***All New students must commit to a WEEKLY schedule**

You might say, but I don’t want to do this every week?  In my experience, two things are necessary for progress with music lessons:


Imagine a rolling ball stopping and starting intermittently. It takes more energy to get it started again; rather than letting momentum take its course.  Lastly, when learning a new skill, the chance is great you’ll practice something incorrectly.  The greater the interval between the feedback, the greater the chance of you doing something wrong.

Online Lessons

Things you can study in my Online ZOOM virtual lessons:

  • Beginner Banjo  (Need help picking out a beginner banjo, here is my guide: Banjo Buying Guide  These are the chords I start everyone with, if you want a head start: Banjo Chords To start with
  • Intermediate/Advanced banjo-Melodic Style, Single-String, and modern banjo styles.
  • Jazz guitar
  • Clawhammer Banjo – Fiddle Tunes & Celtic Music.
  • Bluegrass Guitar
  • Composing/Songwriting (Any instrument)
  • Music Theory (Any Instrument); beginners to advanced.
  • Video Game and Movie Music + Arranging for Guitar

**PAYMENT METHODS include: Paypal, Apple Pay, and Venmo**

Acoustic Guitar Online Lessons

Online Acoustic Guitar Lessons

PAYMENT METHODS include: Paypal, Apple Pay, and Venmo

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I do offer a Digital Online Beginner Banjo Course.  This starts you out with how to wear your picks and walks you through the basic rolls/chords I teach all my students the first few months.  I also cover popular beginner songs like Cumberland Gap, Cripple Creek, and Train 45.  Learn to play banjo without leaving your house, on your own schedule.
You can enroll here:
Teachable Beginner Course
OR at Udemy:
Udemy Beginner Banjo Course

Welcome Statement:

Jody Hughes Music welcomes and serves everyone regardless of disabilities, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, or religion.

**It’s important to me that everyone feels safe and welcome**

Lesson Policies

-A 48 hour notice is required for all lessons. If cancellation is not given at least 48 hours before the lesson, then the student is responsible for payment of that lesson The student is paying for a reserved time slot whether the student attends.

-While I do often provide written materials; It is the student’s responsibility to archive lesson material for future reference.  This includes recording video or audio examples as needed.  ZOOM allows recording and I encourage students to record parts of the lessons they need.

-Payment for the entire month of lessons is due at the beginning of the month before the first lesson begins.  The fees for online lessons are in US DOLLARS so if the exchange rate is off it is up to the student to pay the extra fee to equal the proper amount.  Any lessons paid after the 11th of the month is charged a $15 late fee.

-Tune to standard pitch before the lesson.  Tuning takes time away from your lesson.  There are a number of great electronic tuners on the market for less than thirty dollars.

More Testimonials

“I have been taking lessons from Jody for close to three years after a string of teachers that didn’t really get what I was after. There is a big difference between memorizing how to play a song and learning how to play music, and Jody has been the only teacher that I have had that focused on learning how to play music.”

Danny (Online Student)

Past students

A few people I’ve worked with over the years.  Each has went on to perform at the national level:

The Buggays-Judah and Johanna were my student for a number of years.  They currently play in a bluegrass band with their family.

I gave the Von Greys mandolin, banjo, and guitar lessons; as well as helping them arrange songs for an upcoming recording date.

I have also given private lessons to some bigger “household name” professional acts who are signed to Sony and Atlantic Record Labels whom I choose not to name due to professional reasons.  In summary, my students have gone on to start bands of their own, win instrument contests or are simply more equipped for performances in front of others.