5 Top Online Banjo Courses to learn from on your own time

With the advent of technology, there is no need to leave your home to learn banjo.  You can learn it on demand in the comfort of your living room. You pick the time and how long you want to study for.  Learn banjo at your own pace with these online banjo courses.  Beginners to advanced.

Here are some platforms that offer online learning for banjo players.

Resources to learn banjo online

  • Truefire
  • Udemy
  • Artistworks
  • Ross Nickerson
  • Skillshare


Truefire is a name that’s been around for a number of years.  They have banjo, guitar, harmonica lessons plus much more.  Their instructional videos are known for having MULTIPLE ANGLES, so you can clearly see their left and right-hands.  As far as video quality Truefire is top notch.

The clawhammer banjo course by Brad Kolodner and Three finger style courses by Ned Luberecki look good in particular.  As of today, these courses are on sale for $10!  Hard to beat that!

Clawhammer banjo

Bluegrass Backup by Ned Luberecki


Udemy is one of the most well known names in online courses.  Not to toot my own horn, but it is one of the many places I host my own Online Beginner Banjo Course.  This is essentially what I would teach someone the first six months of banjo lessons or so.

My Online Banjo Beginner Course

Learn your four basic roll patterns as well as a few songs.

You can also learn Old Time Banjo

Or Tenor Banjo

Courses on Udemy usually range anywhere from $10 to $35 depending on the time of year and sales they are running.


Artistworks has been a serious game changer in the online learning business; now you can learn from famous artists like Noam Pikelny or Bryan Sutton.  For banjo, they have Noam and Tony Trischka on the roster.  One can even record their own playing and send it to these banjo masters to evaluate.

Ross Nickerson

Ross is a great teacher and provides some nice instructional material on his website banjoteacher.com.  You can check out his online banjo courses here.  He has stuff for pure beginners to the more advanced student.  Highly recommend!


Skillshare is another online digital platform for learning music and other topics.  I’ve been a teacher on skillshare for many years now.  The great thing about skillshare is you pay a membership fee and then have access to multiple courses.  I have my beginner banjo course and my intro to melodic style banjo course over there!  There aren’t many other banjo offerings over there; however, there are theory, guitar, piano courses and more to supplement your banjo playing with.


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.