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Jody Hughes

Marietta, GA, USA

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Teaches Lessons: Online

Styles: Bluegrass (Scruggs) , Classical, Clawhammer and Old-Time, Other

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Since: 2005

Pricing: $80 an hour

Listing Created: 11/15/2011
Listing Updated: 5/26/2024

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Make sure you don't form any bad habits before it's too late. I’ll save you YEARS of time on your banjo journey.
You'll understand the banjo fingerboard, so you aren't just learning song after song. You'll learn how to play along on songs you've never heard before. Break free from TAB.

I've taught students around the world using ZOOM and other online platforms for over 15 years.

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I’ve played at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, and the Ryman Auditorium.
Past awards include winning the 2004 Merlefest Banjo Contest + 3X winner of the GA state Flatpick Guitar and Banjo Contests.

“I have been taking lessons with Jody for almost a year now via Zoom and it has been the most gratifying experience. I hesitated to take lessons via a computer but it is so much better than taking a lesson in person from someone in my hometown that is a guitar teacher that also does banjo lessons on the side. His knowledge of music, in general, is borderline genius. He makes you feel like you are his only student and he caters your lesson to your needs and likes. He also takes the extra steps to help you learn how to actually play the banjo and not just memorize the songs. I highly recommend Jody and if you are computer challenged as I am please don’t let the fact that you don’t live in Atlanta keep you from using Jody. He is the real deal and I feel blessed that I found him and look forward to many more years of lessons with him.-Kelly

"Jody gives banjo and guitar lessons to our 8 and 10-year-old boys in our home. He's a great teacher and has a real knack for communicating with them in a way that keeps them motivated. They continue to improve and love practicing as a result."-Earne B


Jody has done wonders for my banjo playing. I am no longer limited by keys and the the whole fingerboard has opened up to me. His system of learning chords is the best I've encountered. If you are looking for a patient and knowledgeable instructor, look no further. - JDsbanjo

I have tried several of those self learning banjo books and DVD's and You tube downloads and I just got confused and would jump from one method to the next trying to find one that worked for me.
I was just about to give up on the banjo when I decided that I need a good teacher and I started a thread "Looking for a teacher". Jody Hughes came to my rescue.
In the first 20 minutes of our first lesson on Skype he had me play a song I'd been learning and pointed out 3 things I was doing wrong that no self learning method could ever teach me.
Also, I'm finding my rhythm. I had it all the time but just needed a good instructor to help me dig it out.
Now I really enjoy my new hobby, the 5 string banjo.
- billybop

Jody is a Godsend when it comes to banjo teaching. The two other instructors I tried only wanted to hand me tabs and send me out the door. I'm finally getting
the hang of this banjo. He is teaching me how to create arrangements and things that can't be found in any book or video on the market. Thanks for everything Jody.
- MattChastain

Thank you all for your kind words, it is much appreciated. - Jody Hughes

Hey, Thanks for unraveling this banjo mystery for me! No way I could have learned all these chords without you. - Banjofriend

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