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Second FREE Video Lesson This Week!

Jun 27, 2014 0:00:01


Are you struggling with backup banjo? Don’t know where to start? Watch this vid to get two backup patterns you can memorize to get started in your next jam session. Click here to sign up and get all of Ryan’s weekly video banjo lessons.

First FREE Video This Week!

Jun 26, 2014 0:00:01


Looking for a new banjo. Looking for a USED banjo! Do you know what to look for? Check out this TOTALLY FREE VIDEO on 3 critical elements to look for in your next banjo, plus some extra tips. Click here to get all of Ryan’s video banjo lessons.

RED HAIRED BOY plus Tablature ~ Part 1

Jun 27, 2013 0:00:01


If you’re looking for a good song to get you in to some chromatic playing then you’ll want to start here with “Red Haired Boy”.

Ryan’s Tab Book JUST RELEASED!

Jun 25, 2013 0:00:01


Get Ryan’s new tab book today! Click here to order and get the “just released discount” price of $19. When your purchase is complete you will download the book immediately! PDF format. Member’s get the book absolutely FREE! If you would like to sign up as a member click here and get signed up now. […]

Ultra-Beginning Banjo with Ryan!

May 3, 2013


What are the most important things to start practicing your first day on the banjo? Don’t miss this explanation in this great video on beginner banjo!

Ultra-Beginning Banjo with Ryan (PART 2)

May 3, 2013 0:00:01


Part 2 goes into detail on what exactly to do with your right and left hand on the banjo. Log-in to watch this video.

Banjo Ending! Chording to Single String Picking.

Apr 24, 2013


Time to add an ending to your repertoire. This is one VERSATILE ending. You can use it in slow, medium, or fast songs. It starts with chording down the neck and ends up at the 17th fret with a single string banjo lick. Enjoy!


Mar 16, 2013


Learn how to play a pulloff like the pros. This is essential to getting that mysterious sound that sounds SO GOOD! This lesson covers how to play a pulloff the right way! Click here to sign up and get all of our video banjo lessons. Enjoy, Ryan

Learn how to play “TRAIN 45” on the banjo!

Feb 3, 2013 0:00:01


Learn TRAIN 45! This is a great tune to open a set on stage or play at lightning speed for your fans. It can be simple to learn but can sound very complex as you speed it up. Click here to sign up as a member and download the tablature. Enjoy, Ryan

Long Journey Home (Two Dollar Bill)

Jan 18, 2013 0:00:01


Hello this banjo lesson covers a powerful break on Long Journey Home. This banjo tune is big on dynamics. Watch the video lesson and then download the tab once you’re logged in. If you’re not a member yet click here to get signed up so that you can view all of the video banjo lessons […]

Little Maggie

Dec 22, 2012 0:00:01


Learn how to play Little Maggie! In this video you’ll learn Ryan’s hard driving banjo break to this great song. You’ll even get the up the neck lick in the 2nd part of the break. Click here to sign up as a member and get all of Ryan’s banjo lessons.

Little Cabin Home on the Hill

Dec 7, 2012 0:00:01


Click here to sign up and get all of Ryan’s video banjo lessons. Learn how to play one awesome break for Little Cabin Home on the Hill! This is a break you’re going to want in your arsenal. This song is played in jam after jam. Tablature is included. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas 2012!!!

Nov 23, 2012


Here is a few FREE lessons for you! If you’re not a member click here to get signed up for Ryan’s online video banjo lessons!

The “Pinky” Banjo Lick

Oct 26, 2012 0:00:01


This is a fairly advanced banjo lick that will challenge the use of your pinky! Try it out! See how good you can become with your pinky on the banjo. Enjoy! Click here to become a member on banjoexpert.com.

The One HUNDRED Dollar Banjo Lick!

Oct 6, 2012 0:00:01


Here you’ll learn the $50 lick and the $100 dollar lick. How’d they get their names? Well, when I first stared playing my teacher told me he would charge me 50 bucks to learn this lick. It was worth it! 🙂 Click here to join banjoexpert.com as a Premium Member and get all of Ryan’s […]

Bluesy Banjo Licks Revealed!

Oct 2, 2012 0:00:01


These licks we’ll get you off in a bluesy direction. Bluesy licks are a must on the 5-string banjo. Click here to sign up and get all of Ryan’s video banjo lessons.

“Blue Eyed Boston Boy” – Banjo Break

Sep 22, 2012 0:00:01


This is a great tune! In this lesson you’ll learn a kick-off to Blue Eyed Boston Boy. This kickoff can also be used as a banjo break in the middle of the song. If you’re not a member yet then click here to sign up today and get every one of our bluegrass banjo lessons!

Two SECRET Backup Banjo Patterns!

Sep 7, 2012 0:00:01


This video will show you two patterns that you can play every time you go up the neck. You’ll use these patterns in backup and solos as well. Do NOT miss this lesson. It’s critical that you know these patterns. Just another one of Ryan’s top rated banjo lessons! Enjoy. Click here to sign up […]

Chords You Can Play “Up The Neck”

Sep 7, 2012 0:00:01


This video will explain how you can learn your way around the fretboard above the 5th fret. You’ll be surprised how easy it can be! Click here to sign up and get all of Ryan’s video lessons.

Jesse James Banjo Tablature Just Uploaded!

Sep 5, 2012 0:00:01


Jesse James banjo tablature is now online. You can view it here or on the video lesson posts for this great banjo tune. Enjoy.

The Big “C” Chord Bend

Aug 24, 2012 0:00:01


This is one awesome banjo lick for leading in to a “C” chord. Click here to sign up for all of Ryan’s video banjo lessons.

Become a POWERFUL Banjo Player!

Aug 10, 2012 0:00:01


Become a Premium Member on BanjoExpert.com and get all of Ryan’s banjo lessons! In order to be a persuasive banjo player you must learn to use power in your banjo playing. If it’s not natural then it must be learned. In short, you play loudly. To put it in a more technical sense you are […]

Secret Rolls – How to Fast Forward Through the Beginner Stage

Aug 3, 2012 0:00:01


In this video we’ll spend the first 6 minutes discussing how you can fast forward your banjo playing through the beginner stage to an expert level of playing The second part of this video contains 3 SECRET banjo rolls that you must know. These are the rolls that Ryan plays when he slips out of […]

John Hardy Part 2 – Video Banjo Lesson

Jul 29, 2012 0:00:01


John Hardy Part 2 covers how to play this tune when it transitions to the “D” chord. Enjoy Click here to join banjoexpert.com as a Premium Member and get all of Ryan’s banjo lessons.

John Hardy – Part 1 of 2

Jul 28, 2012 0:00:01


John Hardy is an awesome tune that really has a drive to it. It’s a crowd pleasing banjo song that your fans will love. This lesson covers the 1st part of the song and we will continue with the 2nd part tomorrow. Enjoy Click here to join banjoexpert.com as a premium member and you’ll get […]

Down The Road – HD video + Tablature

Jul 21, 2012 0:00:01


Learn how to play “Down The Road”. This video banjo lesson will walk you through all the technical licks of Down The Road. You’ll want to start adding some of these licks to your other banjo tunes. They are very versatile. Enjoy the 2,3,2 hammer pulloff at the end! Sign up now to get the […]

The Bluegrass Jam Lick

Jul 14, 2012


This is the king lick in my opinion. This banjo lick took me from an average banjo player to a technical banjo player. This little banjo lick is so simple but so crucial. Click here to sign up and get access to all of Ryan’s video banjo lessons

How to Play the Alternating Roll on the Banjo

Jul 6, 2012


Do you know your rolls? Do you know your rolls so well you can play them in your sleep? If you feel that your banjo playing is just not up to it’s full potential then chances are it’s because you need to spend some quality time working on the rolls. If you master this alternating […]

Playing in the Key of “D” on the Banjo

Jul 6, 2012


Have you ever wondered how to play your banjo in the key of “D”? This powerful video lesson will show you about 3 key licks that you need to know for playing in the key of “D”. Can’t believe I’m letting you in on this secret 🙂 These are awesome banjo licks! Join BanjoExpert.com now […]

1st String Banjo Pull-off

Jun 29, 2012


I just picked up this crazy lick at a festival about 2 years ago. You’re going to love it but it will stretch your banjo playing limits. See if you can pull it off. 🙂 Click here to sign up for all of Ryan’s video banjo lessons.

Single String Backup Banjo Lick!

Jun 29, 2012


This is an awesome backup banjo lick. You will use it all the time in banjo playing. Try this lick all over the neck from the low F chord all the way up the neck. If you’re not signed up yet then click here to sign up for all of Ryan’s video banjo lessons.

“Jesse James” Part 2 of 2

Jun 23, 2012 0:00:01


This video banjo lesson will cover “Jesse James” part 2. We also learn a new lick at the end of the song which has a mighty big stretch in it. See if you can do it! One awesome banjo lick! Click here to sign up and get all of Ryan’s video banjo lessons.

“Jesse James” Part 1 of 2

Jun 22, 2012 0:00:01


In this video banjo lesson we work through the “A” part of Jesse James. This tune has a lot of standard banjo licks mixed throughout. A great tune to learn to get some of the more complex banjo rolls. If you want more of Ryan’s banjo lessons then click here to get signed up.

Crucial Accessories for Your Banjo!

Jun 16, 2012


Here is a video of some crucial items to have with you and your banjo. I’ve also included several items and learning tools that I’ve used along the way. Click here to become a member and access all of Ryan’s video banjo lessons

How to Play a Powerful “Bluegrass BRUSH” on the Banjo

Jun 16, 2012 0:00:01


Do you know how to play one of those powerful brushes on the banjo? In this video we’ll cover everything you need to know to play a brush. We even cover and additional 2 string brush that you probably won’t learn anywhere else! Click here to join banjoexpert.com and get all of Ryan’s video banjo […]

How to Play “Cumberland Gap” on the Banjo

Jun 12, 2012 0:00:01


In this banjo lesson we cover the great instrumental called Cumberland Gap. We will be adding another video banjo lesson that will cover several expert level banjo licks that you can add to this tune. If you’re not a member click here to get signed up for Ryan’s online video banjo lessons!

Long Journey Home ~ video banjo lesson

Jun 7, 2012 0:00:01


Long Journey Home banjo lesson just came online! In this banjo lesson you’ll learn how to kick off a tune with a pinch and immediately drop to the low “D” string. When we get to the end of the lesson I’ll cover a really good chromatic banjo lick. It’s a good one! If you’re not […]

Long Journey Home (preview)

Jun 6, 2012 0:00:53


We are preparing to upload the video banjo lesson “Long Journey Home”. Here’s a good video to watch to prep yourself and get a good feel for the song. I have also added the audio to the break that we will be learning. If you’re not yet a member sign up now so you will […]

Skype Banjo Lessons Now Available!

Jun 5, 2012 0:02:01


Hello, we are now offering skype banjo lessons. All you need is a webcam and headphones to get started. Here’s how it works. 1. Contact me to schedule your first lesson. email: ryan@banjoexpert.com, phone/text: 317-459-8865 2. Sign up on skype. Create a username and familiarize yourself with skype. (It’s very easy) 3. If you don’t […]

Top 3 Banjo Websites!

Apr 30, 2012 0:00:01


Here are 3 websites that you really need to check out! They are very beneficial to your banjo playing and will keep you at the cutting edge. Check them out!

How to Play a Powerful Dynamic Ending

Apr 17, 2012 0:04:05


In this audio banjo lesson we’ll discuss how to play a specific poweful dynamic banjo ending. This ending is used many many times in bluegrass songs. It’s probably the most standard of all. There is a trick to playing it and that is you need to focus on volume changes and speed changes throughout the […]

Dueling Banjos – Part 2!

Jan 29, 2012 0:00:01


Ok here’s the fast part. In this vid we’ll walk you through how to transition from the dueling part to the up-speed banjo solo! Enjoy! tags: duelling banjo dueling earl scruggs deliverance deliverence song

Dueling Banjos – Part 1. Split Screen!

Jan 22, 2012 0:00:01


You’ve been asking for it so here it is! This is part 1 to Dueling banjos. I go completely through how to play this great tune. Click the video to get started. This is a more advanced lesson but basic enough that a beginner will learn a lot from it.

Blackberry Blossom

Dec 6, 2011 0:00:01


How to play Blackberry Blossom on the Banjo. Click here to get signed up for Ryan’s online video banjo lessons!

Worried Man Blues. Beginner and Expert level banjo break!

Oct 6, 2011 0:00:01


Learn how to play Worried Man Blues on the banjo. This little tune will walk you through the G, C, and D chord. It’s a great song to learn some of the very basic licks. For our beginner version we will only use the forward/reverse roll. Enjoy! Ryan

Pike County Breakdown + Ending!

Aug 21, 2011 0:00:01


Ok, here’s my version of Pike County Breakdown. It’s a bit different than the original. I think you’ll like it. Mainly I have added one of my favorite endings into the lesson. You can use this ending in a lot of different tunes. It’s a great one to learn. Have fun! Sign Up for Ryan’s […]

How to Play Cripple Creek on the Banjo!

Apr 23, 2011


Welcome to Cripple Creek! Have you been looking for a crowd pleaser? This tune will get your fans moving. This is the first lesson in our Cripple Creek series. There will be more to come, even an up the neck version. Enjoy! Sign Up for Ryan’s high powered banjo lessons!

Big Spike Hammer – Video Banjo Lesson

Apr 20, 2011


Here is one of my favorite tunes, Big Spike Hammer. This banjo lesson will only be available for FREE for a limited time. I’ve always enjoyed watching Ron Block pick this tune. In this lesson you’ll learn a cool pull-off taking you from the “G” chord to an “E minor”. Then you’ll learn which not […]

Shucking The Corn – Part 2

Jan 31, 2011 0:00:01


Part 2! Here’s the “B” part of Shucking the Corn on the Banjo. Shucking the Corn is one of my favorite banjo songs and always will be. I hope you enjoy my version of the B part. Don’t forget to send me a video or two of you playing some tunes for a video critique. […]

How to Play Shucking the Corn! “A” Part

Jan 17, 2011


Sign Up for Ryan’s high powered banjo lessons! Shucking the Corn! Here’s an in depth video of how to play the “A” part of Shucking the Corn on the Banjo. I play the song up to speed first and then break down the licks at a slower pace. Shucking the Corn has been one of […]

Look for This When Buying a Banjo!

Jan 4, 2011


There are several things you should look for when you buy a new banjo. In this lesson we talk about just a few of them, but not all. There is more to come. I’ve also added a few bonus setup tips in this video as well. Enjoy. This lesson will be locked for member’s only […]

Dueling Banjos Ending!

Oct 20, 2010


Here’s a great ending to Dueling Banjos. If you’ve been working on this tune then this banjo lesson’s for you. If not, then this ending will fit into many bluegrass songs. It’s quite flexible. Try it out! Click HERE to sign up for Ryan’s video banjo lessons.

Bile Them Cabbage Down “The Beginner Version”

Oct 7, 2010


This is the ultra-beginner version of Bile Them Cabbage Down. Seth (a premium member) requested this video, so this ones for you 🙂 In this banjo lesson I’ll walk you through how to play this great tune in just a few easy steps. You’ll want to first grasp the melody which we’ll cover in the […]

How To Play Shady Grove on the Banjo (this one’s for you Bob)

Sep 28, 2010


“Shady Grove” Here it is! Bob R, one of our members, asked for this lesson. He requested to have a simplified beginner style lesson of Shady Grove and an Expert level, so here is the beginner lesson to Shady Grove. I kept it simple and outlined the melody. You’ll find that we use the alternating […]

Left Hand Posture! Learn To Play With Your Bones…

Sep 27, 2010


Hello, this banjo lesson will teach you how to properly play with your left hand. You’ll learn the proper posture for playing the banjo. This video will be moved to the member’s only page this week. Enjoy! Remember that you can click the little button with four arrows on it which is located on the […]

Here’s a Powerful Banjo Ending!

Sep 26, 2010


I put this lesson together so you could have one of those endings that the PRO’s use! We’ve had some members on the site trying to learn what exactly it is that they’re doing and this is it. This ending will make you sound pro banjo player. Enjoy this video banjo lesson! It will be […]

Rolls and Chords for Beginning Bluegrass Banjo Players

Aug 28, 2010


In this video you’ll learn how to play the three main rolls of the 5 string bluegrass banjo. You’ll also get a introduction to the G, C, D, and F chords. If you watch closely you might pick up a few chording licks near the end of the video! This video is now a Member’s […]

Chromatic Banjo Intro – Split Screen!

Aug 27, 2010


Hello, this is our first split screen video! I’m very excited about this and hope you will enjoy it too. Let me know your thoughts and requests. Thanks, Ryan

“D” Chord Riffs

Jun 8, 2010 0:07:04


Morning’ everyone. This video covers some D chord riffs along with one of my favorite little licks. By the way, if you feel stuck or are having troubles getting started don’t forget to email me. I’ll help you. We can do a little skype lesson or something, but I’m here to help you learn the […]

Don’t have “D” Tuners? Here’s a little trick!

May 30, 2010


I don’t have “D” tuners either but here’s a little trick that you can use to play Earl’s Breakdown. We all like the lessons that show us a trick or shortcut when playing the banjo. This is a cool one! In this video I’ll show you how to get that cool bending sound out of […]

Two Mistakes Banjo Players Make!

May 26, 2010


Here are two of the seven most common mistakes that banjo players make. I’m going through our popular article “The 7 Most Common Mistakes of Banjo Players! + The Banjo Secret!” in video format. We’ll talk a little more in depth about each mistake and add a lot more to the Banjo Secret! You won’t […]

Learn the $50 Banjo Lick!

May 5, 2010


Due to popular request this is the video lesson to our original 50 dollar lick. This lick takes you from high up the neck all the way down to and open G string. This is a great chromatic lick to insert into Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Your fans will love it. Enjoy Click here to download […]

Two Standard Banjo Endings. Learn how to pick “sideways”!

Feb 23, 2010


Hello, in this video you’re going to learn two very powerful banjo endings. I’ll even teach you how to pick sideways. I bet you don’t hear this from anyone else. These are the little details that really make you good. Wow, you can’t miss this one. Have a great week!

Cripple Creek Backup Video!

Feb 13, 2010 0:02:45


Ok, this lesson is a bit different. I’m going to play through Cripple Creek once on the banjo and then play through once on the guitar. This will give you the opportunity to hear yourself play this tune with a guitar. If you’ve been a little nervous about going out to your first jam then […]

17th Fret Alternating Lick! It’s a cool one…

Feb 7, 2010


Hello, here is a great lick that you’ll start at the 17th fret and end up on an open G string. You’re going to really enjoy this one. Have a great day!

Cripple Creek Part 2

Jan 2, 2010


Here’s the “B” part to Cripple Creek. What a great tune! We’ll have the tab up shortly. Thanks, Ryan Click here to join as a member and get this video!

Member Update (November 09)

Nov 25, 2009


Here’s a little bit of info on what’s coming up on banjoexpert.com plus a couple tips just for you!

Cripple Creek Lesson (part 1)

Oct 28, 2009


3 Hot Licks Below the 5th Fret

Oct 27, 2009


Hello, here are 3 powerful licks, all below the fifth fret. Try them out. They will really add to your banjo tunes. Cripple Creek part 1 coming this week!

John Hardy (part 2)

Oct 25, 2009


Welcome to the “B” part of John Hardy. In this lesson we finish up this great tune. Two more lessons coming this weekend! Stay tuned.

John Hardy Lesson #1

Sep 27, 2009


Here’s a great tune “John Hardy”. In this lesson we cover the first part of the tune. You’ll learn how to do the kick off pinch and land on the “C” chord. You’ll also learn those little pull offs and hammers that are scattered throughout this song. At the beginning of the video I’ll give […]

How to Formulate a Banjo Break Quickly! (6 of 10)

Sep 13, 2009


This video covers how to create a banjo break on the fly. This is a real art that every banjo player needs to master. It’s quite often that you will have to kick off a banjo tune in a jam session if you get out to many festivals or just do some jamming with the […]

Forward Roll for Beginners – Bile Them Cabbage (5 of 10)

Sep 12, 2009


How do you play the forward roll? This video will answer that question. We cover the two roll sequences that you will use while practicing this roll and how you can smooth out this powerful roll. I must tell you that tonight I will be uploading a very powerful video lesson (6 of 10). It’s […]

How to Play Your Banjo in the Key of “C”

Aug 31, 2009


Ok, here is a tune in the key of C. In this video I’m going to show you some cool C position licks. Playing the banjo in the key of C can prove to be a real challenge if you’re not familiar with the little C licks that smooth out the position on the fretboard. […]

Banjo Tuning “How to Tune Your Banjo Quickly” (4 of 10)

Aug 29, 2009


In this video your going to learn exactly how to tune your banjo in just a few seconds. This technique will prove to keep your banjo sounding at its best whether your hanging out in the living room or on a dim lit stage in front of a crowd. You can sign up here to […]

Setting Up Your Banjo (3 of 10)

Aug 14, 2009


The 3rd video in our Total Beginner Series! In this vid you’ll learn what it takes to set up your banjo from bridge alignment to stopping the buzzing noise. We discuss tap tuning, truss rods, tailpiece adjustment and much more. Don’t miss this one. Be sure to sign up if you haven’t already.

Banjo Anatomy (from the neck down) 2 of 10

Jul 28, 2009


This is our second video in our total beginner series. You’ll learn all the parts of your banjo from the neck down. In this video I’ll show you how to tell if your banjo was dropped before you owned it. A very valuable piece of information. We also discuss whether or not you need that […]

Learn Your Banjo (from the neck up) 1 of 10

Jul 23, 2009


Hello, in this banjo video lesson you’ll learn all about your banjo from the neck up. We cover tuning pegs (how to align them when you’re changing strings), frets, truss rod, fret board, peg head, and finish on the neck. Should you remove the finish on the neck of your banjo. Check out this video […]

Left Hand Exercise / Muting Your Banjo

Jul 3, 2009


Question: Hi Ryan I’m really enjoying the site – you have a very good teaching style and even in a week I’ve progressed. My wife came into the kitchen tonight when I was practicing rolls and thought I had a CD on! She couldn’t believe how much I have improved already. 1. Is there an […]

Listen to Molly Bloom? Question / Answer

Jun 8, 2009


Question: Hi Ryan, I just signed up for the lifetime membership and I think I am going to get a lot of info from this site. I found out about your site while Googling for info on removing the finish from my banjo’s neck. I own a Deering Saratoga Star and I find that with […]

Amazing Grace (part 2)

Jun 4, 2009


In this lesson you’ll learn: 1. The Haunting Bend! 2. The Slow Slide 3. 2 & 1 Pinch 4. Very Cool Ending for Amazing Grace.

Amazing Grace (part 1)

May 29, 2009


Hello, in this lesson we’re going to go over the melody for Amazing Grace. Very simple, yet very powerful part of this song.

Video Update from Ryan

May 28, 2009


Hello members here’s a little video lesson update and some info on where we’re going to be jamming this next month. See you there!

Metronome Member’s Video Lesson

May 1, 2009


In this video you will learn how to practice with a metronome along with a little timing secret that you need to know!

Bend the 1st String / Chording Basics

Apr 13, 2009


Hello, in this lesson you’ll learn an advanced bend on the 1st string and also learn some ultimate beginner banjo chording techniques. The advanced part is the fist half of the vid and the beginner chording is the second part. I probably should have split this lesson into two separate weeks but thought you might […]

Alternating and Backward Rolls

Mar 15, 2009


This is the 3rd part of the Right Hand Techniques series. We’re going to go over the alternating and backward rolls. In the next lesson we’ll be covering a Power Roll that I created to help you make the connection between mind and right hand in order to make the melody line stand out. Practicing […]

Right Hand Techniques Part 2

Mar 2, 2009


In this video we discover a new exercise to help you develop a stronger and more consistent right hand in your banjo playing.

How to Play With Drive

Feb 10, 2009


The fact is that you have to build a strong consistent right hand if you want to add some drive to your picking. In this four part lesson series we’re going to discuss several very powerful techniques that will get you on the right track to becoming a hard driving banjo player. To many this […]

Old Joe Clark

Jan 28, 2009


Check out our 4 part lesson on Old Joe Clark. In this post you will find the first three videos plus the tablature to the “A” part. We will post the final lesson later this week along with the tab for the “B” part. Click here to download the tab for the “A” part. Enjoy!

How to Play “Down the Road”

Jan 26, 2009


In this video lesson we’re diving into “Down the Road”. This is a very cool banjo tune that demonstrates a lot of drive. If you want to learn how to play with drive in your picking then this is the one to learn. Simple tune; however, when played with solid rolls will sound like magic. […]

Record Your Banjo – Names of the Banjo Strings

Jan 24, 2009 0:02:37


Hello, if you’ve recorded a banjo tune and would like to have it featured right here on banjoexpert.com then send send me an email at ryan@banjoexpert.com. I’m would like to add some of our students picking to the site this year. I would be great to hear what songs your working on and how you […]

Bluesy Banjo Lick (video)

Dec 22, 2008 0:03:20


Today we’re going to jump into a fun bluesy lick on the banjo. If you’re an absolute beginner watch the video and see what you think. I would encourage you to take a stab at it. See if you can get through the notes. If you do, you’ll end up with a really cool lick […]

You’re Stretching Too Far!

Dec 20, 2008 0:04:57


There seems to be a common theme with new pickers not wanting to relax their right hand while picking the banjo. Stop stretching so much This can be corrected very quickly. New pickers tend to keep their right hand perfectly still while reaching or stretching for the strings with their fingers. It’s almost as though […]

Hot Banjo Lick Below the 5th Fret

Dec 15, 2008 0:03:19


Click here to get the free tab to this song in tabledit format

3 Ways to Kick-off a Bluegrass Tune.

Dec 11, 2008


Can you rattle off 3 kick-offs right now if you were asked? What comes to mind when you think of a bluegrass kick-off? In this member’s video we’re going to go over three different kicks. 1. The first kick will be based off of the fourth string sliding up to the 5th fret. 2. The […]

How to Read Tabs – Straight from the Mystery Banjo Student

Nov 28, 2008 0:06:05


Learning to read tablature will open up a new world to your banjo playing. If you’ve never really grasped the concept of reading from tablature stay tuned for our “how to read tabs” video. I’m getting ready to record a screen shot video of some banjo tab in tabledit software. I sat down with our […]

Dueling Banjos part 3 of 3 – Dynamite Ending!

Nov 25, 2008


Ok, here’s the ending we’ve all been waiting for. You’re really gonna like this one. This is an ending that you can use in many bluegrass songs. It starts off with a pinch slide and ends with a cool alternative D7 ending. Let me know what you think of it. Have a great week. Remember, […]

Dueling Banjos Part 2 of 3 – How to play the FAST part!

Nov 24, 2008


Let’s jump right in to the fast part of dueling banjos. If you’re a beginner don’t let this part intimidate you. It will seem difficult at first; however you must work through all of the licks. This song has some outstanding licks in it that we can use in many songs. When you’ve got this […]

Dueling Banjos – Part 1 of 3

Nov 14, 2008 0:09:21


If you’ve always wanted to know how to play dueling banjos then here it is! I’m going to dive into a 3 part lesson on how to play this song from beginning to end. We’ll discover some really cool licks in this one! The first lesson above goes into detail about how to play the […]

Three Finger Banjo Rolls + Standard Bluegrass Ending

Oct 28, 2008


Do you know the 3 basic roll patterns on the banjo? This 9 minute video takes you to the limit with rolls and picking speed. You’re going to learn how to play the banjo quicker with one simple tip! I’ll also show you how to play a very standard ending and what you need to […]