Come put some lightning in your fingertips! (sm)
As Tony says, the most fun you’ll have as a banjo player is when you play along with other people. Most of the time that means being comfortable playing “backup,” accompanying the other instruments as everyone plays through the normal chord progressions of bluegrass music.
To learn those skills, we invite you to enjoy BanjerTab Online Bluegrass Banjo Lessons, offering various categories of short videos with perhaps the most effective bluegrass banjo instruction available on the web. Our primary focus is to enable you to play along with hundreds of songs, using the same licks you hear on the classic bluegrass recordings. Interested? Read on!
Many instructors can teach you to play the classic bluegrass tunes, and many students can use tablature to learn as well. But really good teachers can be hard to find, and many students find tablature to be a very difficult way to learn. If you’d just like to start playing along with almost anything, and be sure you’re learning superb technique … how to play with great timing and that syncopated bluegrass bounce … if you’d like to break free of some bad habits that are keeping you from playing faster and more cleanly … if you’d like a good teacher to show you, slowly and carefully, exactly how to play … you’re in the right place.
For just $7.95 a month, you’ll have complete access to all of the teaching videos in the library. Watch them over and over, watch and learn from as many as you want! New material will be added regularly, lessons for everyone – so whether you are just starting out, experienced, or performing regularly, you will find things that will improve your playing skill and your enjoyment of the banjo.
Above all — have fun! After all, “It’s just a banjo!”
Just a note about Tony’s unique, copyrighted paper notation, since we get requests now and then for a sample.
For his in-person lessons, Tony records ongoing instruction on CDs and provides handwritten BanjerTab representations of the tunes and arrangements he is teaching. Many students find BanjerTab far easier to read and play from than classic tablature, and it shows things normal tab does not, like the syncopated rhythm of bluegrass.
But the magic is in the clarity and precision of the instruction, not the paper notes.
For the online library, we believe the paper is unnecessary. If you play along with the instruction — that’s the key — you won’t need notes. At the end of the lesson, you’ll be playing what was taught. The sequence of instruction, the precise camera angles used, the built-in practice tracks, the ability to “rewind,” on-screen notes when needed, and the clear, careful demonstration of how each note and each lick are played … it’s a complete package. Play along with the instruction, and you learn to play the music.
Again – Play along with the instruction, and you will learn to play the music.
And as Tony points out, when you go onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, you can’t take your paper notes with you!