WELCOME TO BANJO MOUNTAIN

Learn banjo with our easy step-by-step method

Welcome to Banjo Mountain

The easy way to learn banjo

WE WANT TO TEACH YOU BANJO

  • Banjo Mountain is an online banjo school. 
  • Like a banjo teacher, you pay us to teach you banjo, but you pay a lot less money.
  • We have taught hundreds of students to play banjo.
Start Learning Banjo Now

WE WANT TO TEACH YOU BANJO

  • Banjo Mountain is an online banjo school. 
  • Like a banjo teacher, you pay us to teach you banjo, but you pay a lot less money.
  • We have taught hundreds of students to play banjo.
Learn Banjo Now!

Our Teacher and Curriculum Designer John Rosen

  • John has been teaching Banjo for over 30 years.
  • His students have ranged in age from 5-year-olds to folks in their mid-seventies.
  • He has toured the world playing for bands like Old Man Markley.
  • John has crafted the curriculum here at Banjo Mountain to take someone who has never picked up a banjo into the joy of playing proficiently.

One of our advanced song lessons “Pony Express”

Our Teacher and Curriculum Designer John Rosen

  • John has been teaching Banjo for over 30 years.
  • His students have ranged in age from 5-year-olds to folks in their mid-seventies.
  • John has crafted the curriculum here at Banjo Mountain to take someone who has never picked up a banjo into the joy of playing proficiently.
  • He’s both brilliant and easy on the eyes!

An Introduction to Playing Banjo

A lot of people have described the banjo as the musical equivalent of a magic trick. True, to the average Joe it can seem like an impossibly complex instrument. The good news is that despite this the banjo can be learned by anyone (including people with no musical experience!) Below is a basic overview of what is involved in learning to play the banjo.

Rolls

Rolls are picking patterns played with the right hand. They are the building blocks of banjo music. We play them with fingerpicks using the thumb, index and middle fingers exclusively. While there are an infinite number of roll combinations, a beginner will only need to learn a small set of rolls to unlock the world of bluegrass banjo.

Fretting

Fretting involves the left hand pressing down on the strings. When we use our right hand to pick a string that has been fretted with the our left hand we create a note. On the banjo’s fingerboard (front of the neck) you will see small metal bars. These are called frets. Depending upon which fret we press down on we can create different notes. This is true for all fretted instruments (i.e guitar).

Clawhammer Banjo

Clawhammer banjo is played using a downward strumming motion over the strings. Typically, the melody of a song is played by striking one string, quickly followed by a strum of two or three strings. This creates a rhythm that sounds like: “boom – chick – a” or, more precisely, “claw – ham – mer.” The method involves one’s thumb and pointer finger shaped in a “claw” (Watch John demonstrate playing Cripple Creek below). 95% of our lessons at Banjo Mountain are bluegrass lessons but we do have a Beginners Clawhammer Course with more lessons on the way.

 

An Introduction to Playing Banjo

A lot of people have described the banjo as the musical equivalent of a magic trick. True, to the average Joe it can seem like an impossibly complex instrument. The good news is that despite this the banjo can be learned by anyone (including people with no musical experience!) Below is a basic overview of what is involved in learning to play the banjo.

Rolls

Rolls are picking patterns played with the right hand. They are the building blocks of banjo music. We play them with fingerpicks using the thumb, index and middle fingers exclusively. While there are an infinite number of roll combinations a beginner will only need to learn a small set of rolls to unlock the world of bluegrass banjo.

Fretting

Fretting involves the left hand pressing down on the strings. When we use our right hand to pick a string that has been fretted with the our left hand we create a note. On the banjo’s fingerboard (front of the neck) you will see small metal bars. These are called frets. Depending upon which fret we press down on we can create different notes. This is true for all fretted instruments (i.e Guitar).

CLAWHAMMER

Clawhammer banjo is played using a downward strumming motion over the strings. Typically, the melody of a song is played by striking one string, quickly followed by a strum of two or three strings. This creates a rhythm that sounds like: “boom – chick – a” or, more precisely, “claw – ham – mer.” The method involves one’s thumb and pointer finger shaped in a “claw” (Watch John demonstrate playing Cripple Creek below). 90% of our lessons at Banjo Mountain are bluegrass lessons but we do have a Beginners Clawhammer Course with more lessons on the way.

WE CAN GET YOU THERE

You can wander in the endless desert of youtube videos or you can use the tested Banjo Mountain curriculum.

SAVE $100’S PER YEAR

You are saving serious moolah compared to hiring a teacher and you don’t have to drive anywhere!

TAKE THE QUICK PATH

The fastest way to learn an instrument is through a tested curriculum. Follow our path.

We Believe The Banjo Should Be Played Everywhere

WE CAN GET YOU THERE

Our tested curriculum can:

  • Greatly increase the speed of learning.
  • Increase the likelihood of success.
  • Cut down on frustration and stagnation.

SAVE $100’S PER YEAR

You are saving serious moolah compared to hiring a teacher and you don’t have to drive anywhere!

SAVE COUNTLESS HOURS!

You can wander in the endless desert of youtube videos or you can use the tested Banjo Mountain curriculum.

We Believe The Banjo Should Be Played Everywhere

Stop Wasting Time on YouTube

Many people learning a new instrument assume that they can teach themselves. While this may sound like a great idea, more often than not this approach simply doesn’t work. Without a structured lesson plan, the student is often unsure what to practice and how to build on their learning. Lacking any clear direction in their approach, they cease to grow, lose their motivation and eventually give up. Research shows that students learn faster and with a greater success rate when working with a teacher and a structured step-by-step method.

Stop Wasting Time on YouTube

Many people learning a new instrument assume that they can teach themselves. While this may sound like a great idea, more often than not this approach simply doesn’t work. Without a structured lesson plan, the student is often unsure what to practice and how to build on their learning. Lacking any clear direction in their approach, they cease to grow, lose their motivation and eventually give up. Research shows that students learn faster and with a greater success rate when working with a teacher and a structured step-by-step method.

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Risk Free - Cancel Anytime

1.

Login to Banjo Mountain.

 

2.

Go to your Account page.

 

3.

Click “Cancel.”

POP SONGS

We have a huge library of bluegrass songs but we also love banjo-ifying pop songs as well. Take a listen to a few examples!

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