My last Blog post from 2014, I introduced a new ebook. I have now put the information from that ebook on my new FREE site https://online-banjolessons.com. There is a new video explaining the music format on this page https://online-banjolessons.com/song-list.
Something new I've added since the ebook is melody tracks. These are great to practice your rolls and backup. They range in beats-per-minute from 60 to 120, so you can practice at your own speed. These melody tracks can also help beginners that have a hard time hearing the melody when they play a break. Play your melody break along with the melody tracks and it will help you identify and accentuate the melody in your playing. Give it a try! Of course, there are also regular backing tracks to practice your lead breaks with the same bpm range.
If your interested in learning to create your own breaks based on the melody notes, check out the video on my blog page https://online-banjolessons.com/my-blog. On the Song LIst Page, you can download for free the melody notes for all 40 songs in TEF format.
I will be adding a lot of free videos on this site in the near future including beginning lessons with milestones.
So, check it out and let me know what you think!Add Comment
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I started playing the banjo at 15. What got me interested in the first place was watching Hee Haw as a kid. Then I became a big Steve Martin fan and his playing finally pushed me to start. My dad tried to learn but never quite got it. I would sneak his banjo and used Earl's book to learn. I used to give lessons and play in theaters in north Arkansas in the late 70's. After Grandpa Jones moved to Mt. View, AR I was lucky enough to meet him. He invited me to play at his dinner theater, but I had to leave for the Air Force before his place opened.
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