MASTERING THE BAR CHORD

Since I began teaching banjo some three plus decades ago, I’ve had the pleasure of helping hundreds of banjo students attain a level of facility on the instrument. Along the way, I’ve noticed a common issue that most students wrestle with at one time or another along...

BATTLE OF THE FINGERPICKS: METAL VERSUS PLASTIC

If you’ve recently embarked on your bluegrass banjo journey and have begun looking at fingerpicks (or perhaps have already bought a set), you’ve probably noticed that both fingerpicks and thumbpicks come in two basic varieties: metal and plastic. So which do you...

THE CLAWHAMMER CONUNDRUM: INDEX VERSUS MIDDLE FINGER

Poring over online clawhammer forums this morning, I was struck by the amount of confusion there is over which finger to use – index or middle - in the clawhammer strum. Before I take a crack at this question, let me first provide some background. When I started...

REFRAMING THE DROP-THUMB

Thinking back to the days when I was beginning my clawhammer journey, I remember picking up a copy of Ken Perlman’s “Everything You Wanted to Know About Clawhammer Banjo” at my local library. That night, I began working through the book starting from page one. Things...

FINGER PICKS: SCRAPING THE SURFACE

As a banjo teacher with years of experience helping beginning banjo students find their sea legs as bluegrass players, one issue that always seems to crop up is the age-old problem of getting your picks to stop scraping against the drum head while playing. And, as...

FRETLESS BANJO – NO NEED TO…(ahem)…FRET OVER IT

(Above photo courtesy of Rhiannon Giddens) If you’re somewhat new to banjo, one thing you may have noticed is how many different types of banjos are actually out there. Banjos with resonators, open-back banjos, 4-string banjos, banjos with ridiculously long necks...

Video: How To Use Banjo Mountain

Welcome to Banjo Mountain! This video breaks down how the site works and will help get you up and running quickly. You'll learn how to start a course, mark a lesson complete, track your progress as well as navigate the site.

Get The Most Out of Banjo Mountain

Welcome! We couldn't be more pleased to have you at the Mountain and we want to make sure that your path to learning banjo starts off smoothly! Here are some tips to help you make the most out of Banjo Mountain. 1. Decide Which Style You Will Learn: Bluegrass or...

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ABIGAIL WASHBURN

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ABIGAIL WASHBURN photo courtesy of abigailwashburn.com THE SONG THAT CAUGHT OUR EAR:Abigail Washburn Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Illinois) Style: Clawhammer Current Album: Echo In The Valley (2017)   FROM ABIGAIL'S WEBSITE: If American old-time...

Artist Spotlight: Adam Hurt

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ADAM HURT photo courtesy of adamhurt.com THE SONG THAT CAUGHT OUR EAR:Adam Hurt Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Minnesota) Style: Clawhammer Current Album: Artifacts   OUR THOUGHTS: Adam hurt is arguably one of the most innovative and influential...

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