Online Banjo Lessons

Online banjo lessons anywhere

I’ve taught online banjo lessons for over 15 years.  Students have came from Australia, Canada, the U.K, Thailand, and other places.  I even have some students in my home state that prefer the online lessons so they don’t have to drive to lessons.  There is something about being in your own environment while taking lessons.

Why online banjo lessons instead of the traditional in-person lessons?

Online Lessons are particularly useful in the case of those that live in remote areas or areas that a qualified banjo teacher is difficult to find.  You can learn to play banjo no matter where you are located.  Another benefit of taking banjo lessons online is you might have access to a more qualified instructor than the one at your local music store.

Music stores often have teachers that dabble in the banjo, that play the banjo as their 10th instrument.  You need a banjo teacher that really knows their stuff that only comes from years and years of studying and teaching the instrument.

How effective are online lessons?

Maybe you are concerned that online lessons won’t be as effective as in-person lessons.  Provided that you practice consistently and are self motivated, online lessons work just as well as in-person banjo lessons.

Of course there are some disadvantages; for example, I can’t reach through the computer screen and move your hand to the right position.  However, video/visual representation seriously helps out in this regard.  I can watch your hands and give visual aids to help you feel and find the right hand positions.

Once again, I will tell you, I’ve had in-person students that switched to online lessons and tell me they liked it BETTER!  I’ve often found kids ages 10-16 do well with online lessons, they enjoy the computer aspect of it.

What else do I need to know?

The great thing about ZOOM is you can RECORD the lesson for your archives.  So, if there is something you miss, you can have a video to reference later.  Usually I tell students to record the last 10 minutes of lessons and I’ll go back over all the stuff you need to work on for the week.

ZOOM has SCREEN SHARING capabilities.  So, a lot of times I will bring up a chord chart, TAB, or other diagrams on the screen so students can see these items.

What is required?

A decent internet connection, webcam and an account with ZOOM is all that is needed.

Things I teach in my banjo lessons online:

  • Bluegrass Banjo: Scruggs Style, Melodics, and Single-String
  • Improvising-how to play and take breaks on songs you don’t know at your local jam.
  • Chord Theory-You don’t want to only memorize where to put your fingers without knowing WHY.
  • Harmony-Music is highly predictable, so, if you know the general chord sequences, you’ll have a better idea of where a song is going and will rely on pure memorization LESS.
  • Songwriting/Composing/Arranging-I often have students that are primarily songwriters and simply want to add the banjo to their songs.  I can help you do this and I can also help you arrange your song.
  • How to read TAB-As you progress, it’s inevitable you will want to learn how to read banjo tab, so I teach all students this skill.
  • Ear Training-hints for hearing chords, exercises to try to improve your hearing abilities. Ear Training Blog
  • Career advice-for those that are glutton for punishment (hahah) and have to do this for a living? I will help you develop the skills I believe are necessary to succeed as a musician.  This is from over 25 years as a professional who has played Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, and The Ryman Auditorium.

No need to wait until you have bad habits deeply ingrained in your playing, contact me TODAY and  I will QUICKLY get back with you.


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