Online Banjo Lessons

Virtual Online Lessons for Banjo

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, with little progress because you don’t know what to actually work on.

Did you teach yourself how to play banjo or guitar? 

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 genres helps me meet your needs wherever you’re at.  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.

Online Banjo Lesson Testimonials:

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

Virtual Banjo & Guitar Lesson Topics

Things you can study in my Online ZOOM virtual lessons


  • Beginner Banjo  (Need help picking out a beginner banjo? Here is my Banjo Buying Guide  If you want to get a head start, you can look at: Banjo Chords To start with
  • Intermediate/Advanced banjo-Melodic Style, Single-String, and modern banjo styles.
  • Clawhammer Banjo – Fiddle Tunes & Celtic Music.
  • Composing/Songwriting (Any instrument)
  • Music Theory (Any Instrument); beginners to advanced.
  • Video Game and Movie Music

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

Lesson Rates For Online Lessons

These rates are for weekly lessons:

  • $80 per hour
  • $40 per 30 minute lessons

**All new students must commit to a WEEKLY SCHEDULE of lessons

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.

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.

Digital Online Beginner Banjo Course

Maybe you want to learn at your own pace in the comfort of your home.  I have a Digital Online Beginner Banjo Course that teaches you the following:

  • How to wear your picks
  • Basic Rolls & Chords
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Cripple Creek
  • Train 45

You can enroll at my Udemy Beginner Banjo Course

Past Banjo & Guitar 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. 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.