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Dec 31, 2018 - 7:02:01 PM
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14 posts since 12/31/2018

I also wanted to say thanks for the videos. I'm on lesson 2. Just bought a banjo a few days ago. I played guitar years ago so some concepts follow. After these videos does anyone have other recomendations to look at to learn to play. In having fun so far great videos.

Dec 31, 2018 - 7:07:23 PM
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6948 posts since 10/3/2003

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Originally posted by Clinte89

After these videos does anyone have other recomendations to look at to learn to play. In having fun so far great videos.


 

Hey!  Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Clint, I have a lot of other videos on my YouTube channel that would likely be appropriate after completing the 10 lesson series.  Good luck!

Dec 31, 2018 - 7:10:46 PM
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14 posts since 12/31/2018

Ok I'll look at those after. Im a good ways away lol. Ive told my wife for years i wanted to learn banjo and im glad to find your videos and that you post here!

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:45:59 PM
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Snal

USA

2 posts since 1/23/2019

Thanks for the videos Jim! I just happened upon them, which prompted me to go out and get my first banjo! Your videos make it so much fun!

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:51:55 AM
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1 posts since 1/28/2019

Hi Jim,

On a wild hair I purchased a banjo and anytime I tried to learn from a book I was so intimidated my mind closed down. Two weeks ago I found this series of videos. I can now fumble my way through Cripple Creek to the point where listeners could maybe even know what the song is. I am learning the first lesson of Banjo in the Hollow.

Just wanted to let you know that your lessons are still helping and inspiring people.

Thanks for taking your time to make them.

Jan 28, 2019 - 7:20:45 AM
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474 posts since 9/21/2018

Clinte89 Jim's videos, and there are plenty, are top notch. However, if you must stray, and if you want a similar style for songs he may not have listed yet, try Bill Nesbitt (williamanesbitt on Youtube). Similar teaching style to his videos, pretty easy to follow. 

Jim Pankey, my kids are demanding I learn Dooley (they are early Dillards fans), can you help me out with that one? I'm sure your request list is extensive, but my girls are adorable if that helps move this one up at all. Thanks for what you do.

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:29:41 PM

6948 posts since 10/3/2003

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Originally posted by Moose_Roberts



Jim Pankey, my kids are demanding I learn Dooley (they are early Dillards fans), can you help me out with that one? I'm sure your request list is extensive, but my girls are adorable if that helps move this one up at all. Thanks for what you do.


I have the kickoff to Dooley out there on my Channel. It's here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bytib45AmfQ

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:17:50 AM
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474 posts since 9/21/2018

Thanks Jim Pankey, that should get things rolling (no pun intended, but I'll take it).

Feb 8, 2019 - 6:39:12 AM
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1 posts since 2/8/2019

where do you get the lessons for banjo?? just got my banjo and picks ready to learn and start practicing.
shanna

Feb 8, 2019 - 7:28:37 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23911 posts since 8/3/2003

The best way to learn to play the banjo correctly is to get a real live teacher. Look on the left hand side of the page and under Learn, click find a teacher. You can refine your search by clicking on advanced search.

You can learn via Skype and the internet. We have several excellent teacher who teach that way.

You can learn via books and CD/DVDs. There are many excellent beginner books with CD/DVDs.

Whatever method you decide, good luck. Banjo is fun and frustrating to learn, so don't expect to be able to play fast when you first start. Get the basics down before you try for any speed.

Feb 8, 2019 - 10:09:04 AM
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6948 posts since 10/3/2003

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Originally posted by sbeasley30

where do you get the lessons for banjo?? just got my banjo and picks ready to learn and start practicing.
shanna


Shanna, you can find my lessons here:

https://youtu.be/XswGppdJs_c?list=PLimF2H1ED8fXabeFAr6Fnslf0ie6TRUL0

Best of luck with them.  I'm sure you can do it.

 

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:50:15 PM
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FredrikP

Sweden

5 posts since 2/10/2019

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Originally posted by Jim Pankey

Thanks again everyone!

For y'all that have been working through my videos it'd be awesome to see/hear how you've progressed.


Hi Jim,

I started playing early July last year, and found your starter series a few days later. I’ve been trying to keep a running tab on progress in a twitter thread: https://twitter.com/fredrikpaulsson/status/1015536974227214336?s=21

Most of the songs are out of your videos, and gives a pretty neat timeline, I think. Be wary if you try to translate the (Swedish) commentary, Bing doesn’t quite get it right. At some point it tried to translate “banjo” (same word in Swedish) to “banana” (?!). But the recordings and the name of the songs are easy enough to find. 

Thanks so much - I have about 50 more songs to get through on your tune tutorials so I’ll be with you for quite a while longer. :)

Feb 10, 2019 - 5:08:27 PM

6948 posts since 10/3/2003

FredrikP !! Thanks so much for sharing your banjo journey. You're doing great!

Keep picking! Can't wait to share your twitter feed!

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:31:24 AM
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Uncle

USA

1 posts since 2/19/2019

Jim Pankey

My name is Nathan. You don't know me, but over the past 3 months, you and I have had some pretty good conversations.

I've been through these lessons on your YouTube channel and have learned a lot. I'll sit and talk to you on the TV during the video and my kids, at one point, figured I'd lost it. Your lessons are easy to follow and I've been learning pretty well. I'm pretty confident with Cripple Creek. I struggle through the Ballad of Jed Clampett. But I'm learning a few licks and things to make it interesting.

When I tell others about my banjo playing, I tell them that I have a great instructor (you). Once they realize that it's a YouTube channel, they figure I've lost it also. I bought your collection of music tabs for the banjo online the other day and am getting started with that.

Thanks for posting those videos. They've turned me from a struggling beginner novice into a struggling beginner novice with confidence.

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:34:12 AM
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Originally posted by Uncle

Jim Pankey

My name is Nathan. You don't know me, but over the past 3 months, you and I have had some pretty good conversations.

I've been through these lessons on your YouTube channel and have learned a lot. I'll sit and talk to you on the TV during the video and my kids, at one point, figured I'd lost it. Your lessons are easy to follow and I've been learning pretty well. I'm pretty confident with Cripple Creek. I struggle through the Ballad of Jed Clampett. But I'm learning a few licks and things to make it interesting.

When I tell others about my banjo playing, I tell them that I have a great instructor (you). Once they realize that it's a YouTube channel, they figure I've lost it also. I bought your collection of music tabs for the banjo online the other day and am getting started with that.

Thanks for posting those videos. They've turned me from a struggling beginner novice into a struggling beginner novice with confidence.


Nathan,

Thanks.  Glad you've lost it.  You'd have thought the family would have figured that out when you got the banjo, right? lol

Just keep plugging away.  Don't bite of more than you can chew, and don't be afraid to just sit and polish a few measures until it all makes sense in your head.

I'm thrilled to be part of your banjo journey.

Mar 24, 2019 - 4:50:13 PM
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37 posts since 10/4/2003

Hi Jim,

I have worked my way through the first 4 lessons and I am having a great time. I really enjoy your teaching style and I am finding the lessons easy to follow, and the small chunks of new tasks to learn are easy. Thank you very much and please don't stop.

Mar 25, 2019 - 12:59:08 PM
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7 posts since 5/9/2016

I've been an absolute beginner for about ten years now. It's time to get serious. This looks like just the ticket. Thanks.

Mar 28, 2019 - 1:24:05 PM
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Terry F

USA

52 posts since 2/16/2015

OK Jim,
I'll give it a try!
Might be tough for a frailer!
Cheers
Terry

May 3, 2019 - 1:31:40 AM
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14 posts since 4/8/2019

Having failed miserably to learn how to play my banjo as a youngster in the 60's, it gathered dust in the corner of a room for fifty years.....and then I stumbled across your videos on youtube.
You make learning better than stress free; you make it a joy.
Many, many thanks from Cornwall

Edited by - Kea Plum Picker on 05/03/2019 01:33:04

May 18, 2019 - 8:10:09 AM
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14 posts since 4/8/2019

Originally posted by parlour playerI remember see your tube channel at that time i didn't have Banjo.....
I do now! You are one of most natural teachers i have come across.
one person left a message and i quote Hell why I am i watching this
channel I do even own a Banjo!
It wasn't me!

I wonder if he's bought one yet!

May 27, 2019 - 5:29:26 AM
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fixdent

Canada

1395 posts since 5/10/2003

Hey Jim.....been a long time since "the lounge".....

Do you have a list of what songs are being taught in what video lessons...??

I probably could learn something by just watching all the videos, but I have a few songs that are on my "list" and wondering if you might have them in your lesson videos.

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Gordon

May 27, 2019 - 9:55:48 AM

6948 posts since 10/3/2003

Hey Gordon! It's been a while... I teach a few tunes in the beginner series, but mostly what I'm teaching there are concepts that can be applied to other songs. I do have a handful of other videos on YouTube where I teach a bunch of different songs. You can find my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/wildjimbo

 

 

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Do you have a list of what songs are being taught in what video lessons...??
 

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:30:44 PM
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Gambit

USA

3 posts since 8/15/2018

These lessons are great. I was in a funk and frustrated trying to learn from a highly recommended book when I started watching these, got into the swing of things and had a lot of fun! Thanks !

Jun 29, 2019 - 8:08:51 PM
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1 posts since 6/29/2019

Thank you Jim Pankey!
4 weeks into your great teaching videos. 65 yr old lady and her 55 yr old sister learning together. Lots of laughs and lots of fun!

Edited by - DawnGrace on 06/29/2019 20:10:35

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