Banjo Beginner

Banjo Beginner: Week #7

Week #7


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Index finger accuracy workout

  • Scale: N/A

  • Technique: Playing with other people, playing with a bass player

  • Repertoire:

  • Additional Studies:


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

Today we worked on reviewing the various techniques we’ve learned in class, including slides, pull-offs, hammer-ons, and general index finger accuracy. We also did some listening to some banjo/fiddle music recordings to try to understand the role of clawhammer banjo. We broke up into pairs to work on playing music in different settings.


Assignment for next week

Keep working on Cripple Creek and Hop High Ladies WITH THE METRONOME!


How to Practice this at home

Our target tempo is 134 beats per minute. You can set your metronome to 134 and think of the clicks as quarter notes, or to 67 and think of the clicks as half notes, or you can just use the play-along here in this week’s recap. Work your way up to this tempo by playing along with the recording from the week 6 recap, or play slowly on your own. You can speed it up once you feel like you’ve mastered playing it slowly. Move up gradually in tempo. You can google “online metronome” if you don’t have one and use the website that comes up.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams


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Banjo Beginner: Week #6

Week #6

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: G major scale!

  • Technique: How to play a scale and ear training 101, F and F6 Chords

  • Repertoire: Red Haired Boy

  • Additional Studies:


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

Today we learned about: F and F6 chords and the concept of moveable chords, how to play a scale on the banjo, and intro to ear training. We also reviewed index finger accuracy and we rehearsed Cripple Creek and Hop High Ladies.


Assignment for next week

Keep practicing Cripple Creek and Hop High Ladies. Lower priority is to practice Red Haired Boy.


How to Practice this at home

Practice with the medium speed Cripple Creek and Hop High Ladies play along.  Practice Red Haired Boy with the play along.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

 
F and F6 Chords.JPG
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Banjo Beginner: Week #5

Week #5


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: N/A

  • Technique: How to use a metronome

  • Repertoire: Hop High Ladies, Cripple Creek

  • Additional Studies:


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

Today we reviewed songs from the previous week, did a few slide exercises, and worked on reading Hop High Ladies and Cripple Creek.


Assignment for next week

Learn Cripple Creek and Hop High Ladies. Try to memorize Cripple Creek.


How to Practice this at home

Practice slowly. Play along with the recording here, or play slowly on your own.You can speed it up once you feel like you’ve mastered playing it slowly. If you want to play it faster, move up gradually in tempo, and use a metronome! You can google “online metronome” if you don’t have one and use the website that comes up.


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

high hop ladies.JPG
 
cripple creek.JPG
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Banjo Beginner: Week #4

Week #4


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: N/A

  • Technique: Slides

  • Repertoire: Fly around my pretty little miss , Johh Hardy

  • Additional Studies:


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

In class we reviewed the hammer on and pull of exercises. We worked on When the Saints go Marching in and Oh Susannah up to tempo. We learned fly around my pretty little miss by ear. We learned how to do the slide technique.

Assignment for next week

Play along with the slide exercise.  Work on bringing When the Saints go Marching in and Oh Susannah up to the speed. Learn John Hardy and Fly around Fly around My Pretty Little Miss.


How to Practice this at home

Play along with the audio files attached here. Practice everything slowly at first. If something is giving you difficulty, isolate and practice as slow as you need to so that it doesn’t feel scary. Also go back and practice anything from previous weeks that you feel like you want to review.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Slide Exercise.JPG
 
John Hardy.JPG
 
 
 
fly around me pretty.JPG
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Banjo Beginner: Week #3

Week #3


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: N/A

  • Technique: Hammer ons and Pull offs

  • Repertoire:

  • Additional Studies:


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

In class we reviewed the striking finger workout and we played along with Bury me Beneath the Willow.  We worked on When the Saints go Marching in and Oh Susannah under-tempo, and we learned how to do hammer-ons and pull-offs.


Assignment for next week

Play along with Bury Me Beneath the Willow, but now add the Boom-Chick-a.  Work on bringing When the Saints go Marching in and Oh Susannah up to the speed you would naturally sing it at. Practice the hammer on and pull offs exercise.


How to Practice this at home

Play along with the audio files attached here. Learn When the Saints Go Marching in and Oh Susannah from the tab, but work on committing them to memory so you don’t need to look at the tab.


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

When the Saint Go Marching in TAB

Oh Susannah TAB

Hammer on and Pull of Exercise audio and tab.

When the saints go marching in.JPG
 
Oh Susannah.JPG
 
hammer on exercise.JPG
 
hammer on exercise with chords.JPG
 
pull off exercise.JPG
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Banjo Beginner: Week #2

Week #2


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: N/A

  • Technique: Intro to left hand, C and D7 chords, striking inner strings with index finger

  • Repertoire:

  • Additional Studies:


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

Today we talked about tuning the banjo, reviewed the Boom Chikka, started working with the left hand, introduced the C and D7 chords, and worked on striking the inner strings with the index finger, and how to read TAB!


Assignment for next week

Continue practicing the Boom Chikka. Work on your accuracy when striking the inner strings with your index finger. Practice the chord shapes for C and D7. Play along with Bury Me Beneath the Willow.


How to Practice this at home

Play along with the audio files attached here.


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Banjo chord chart.JPG
Striking Fingering Workout
Bury Me... Banjo.JPG
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Banjo Beginner: Week #1

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: N/A

  • Technique: How to hold the banjo, how to tune the banjo, intro to “Boom Chikka”

  • Repertoire:

  • Additional Studies:

Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

Welcome to the clawhammer banjo! In class we talked about basics such as how to hold the banjo, how to tune the banjo, and the parts of the banjo. We focused on right hand technique and learned the 3 components that make up the basic clawhammer motion, or the “boom-chikka”. Those components were the strike with the index finger, the brush, and the pluck with the thumb.

Assignment for next week

Practice along with the recording provided. Get a strap for your banjo.

How to Practice this at home

Once you’ve tuned your banjo to a tuner or tuner app, and you are seated with good posture, play along with the recordings in order. Watch your right hand while you do this, and make sure your thumb is landing on the thumb string at the correct moment.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Parts of the banjo diagram:

Parts of the Banjo
 


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