Banjo Beginner

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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