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I discovered Rick before I knew of his web site. I was surfing Amazon Prime and found his DVD and purchased it. I am glad I did. It is a fine starter in Banjo and a great way to learn. Subsequently discovered his web site and the content there. Needless to say, he is a person who has spent a lot of his personal time creating content for people to learn banjo. I am still learning but stumbled around with a few books without really getting a "hook" into banjo before buying the video and now using the information on his site.
In addition, he is fast to respond to e-mail. I sent him an e-mail with a question on a banjo and his response was fast and we had a very interesting chat about it. Could not be more helpful or friendly.
A look at his web site will also reveal he is not a one trick pony but quite the Renaissance man.
You cannot go wrong with his instruction.
Overall Rating: 10
I'm totally new to the banjo and took some good advice to order Janet Davis' "You can teach yourself Banjo". This will take a month to arrive (up here in Canada), and I wanted to start lessons right away.
Rick McKeon's site: http://www.rickmckeon.com/ is an excellent place to learn the Banjo (and the guitar). He provides how-to-play videos, tabs and lyrics for 26+ songs, and has lessons, figures, and technique videos as well - he updates his site regularly with new material. Here, you will learn music theory and abilities such as slides, hammer ons and pull offs. His teaching style is laid back, he carefully explains everything he is doing, and basically is an excellent guy to learn from. He has created simple tabs that a newbie can quickly gain confidence from, and yet still has material that will be challenging.
A new banjoist should print out all of the "Beginner tabs" then follow along with the videos. Songs are in alphabetical order so don't try to learn them in this order or you will be faced with some challenging material (Jesse James after only playing a week is a bit of a shocker). If any song seems too hard then put it away for a week and try another.
A nice feature that I found by accident, is that Windows media player has a right-click function that will slow down the video play without changing the sound of the voice or chords. You normally have to spend good money to buy software to do this. I used this to slow down his Jesse James video, to put the "TIM"s on the tab, but I'm still putting that tab down for another couple of weeks. :)
I didn't mention that everything on his site is free ... FREE. If I lived near him I would definitely pay for lessons!
Keep up the great work, Rick, your site is a wonderful resource for all new players.
Overall Rating: 9
'Easy Resonator' 1 hr