Tenor Banjo Technique

This Banjo Technique course is aimed at the improving banjo player who has already mastered the basics of the instrument. Paddy Cummin's introduces a wide array of banjo techniques in his series of twelve lessons including triplets, slides, flicks, position playing, using chords, methods of creating tonal variation on the banjo, melodic variation and bridging. As the lessons progress, the ornamentation and technique's taught progressively advance. The tunes that Paddy teaches are predominantly well known popular session tunes; he teaches a different tune each lesson and uses it to demonstrate a new technique. In the course of these lessons, Paddy continually builds on the techniques introduced in previous lessons. By the end of the series, the student will have a firm grasp of various Irish tenor banjo techniques and a new repertoire of twelve popular Irish dance tunes that fit well on the banjo.

Tenor Banjo
 
OAIM Free 'Banjo Technique' Sample Lesson

'The Boyne Hunt'

In this lesson the reel 'The Boyne Hunt' will be taught with focus on the triplet - what it is, how to play it and when to use it.

 

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 1

In this lesson the reel, 'The Boyne Hunt' will be taught with focus on the triplet - what it is, how to play it and when to use it. The lesson is broken down into 4 sections.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 2

In this lesson the reel, 'The Maids of Castlebar' will be taught with focus on 'the three note triplet' and 'the dampened triplet'.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 3

In this lesson the jig 'The Rose in the Heather' will be taught with focus on the ornament - the slide.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 4

In this lesson the 'Tommy Cohen's Reel' will be taught with focus on the ornament - the flick. This tune is also commonly know as 'The Crosses of Annagh'.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 5

In this lesson 'Willy Coleman's Jig' in the key of G major will be taught, with focus on the use of second position. This is a useful technique to know as it enables the left hand movements to be more effortless when finger positions get too awkward in first position.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 6

In this lesson 'Lucy Farr's Barndance' in the key of A major will be taught, with focus on tonal variation. The lesson will be broken down into 4 parts.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 7

In this lesson a barndance called 'The Stack of Oats' in the key of G major will be taught. The Focus will be on using chords.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 8

In this lesson 'The Belfast Hornpipe' will be taught. The focus will be on playing sequences of triplets - 'back to back triplets'. The lesson will be split into three parts.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 9

In this lesson the reel 'The Galway Rambler' will be taught. The focus will be on using the bridging technique. The lesson will be split into four parts.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 10

In this lesson the jig 'An Lurgadán', composed by Junior Crehan will be taught. The focus will be on using the bridging technique. The lesson will be split into four parts.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 11

In this lesson the reel 'Eileen Curran's' will be taught. The focus will be on playing in G minor using the four finger technique. The lesson will be split into two parts.

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Tenor Banjo Technique Lesson 12

In this lesson the reel 'Hull's Reel' will be taught. The focus will be on playing in the key of E major. The lesson will be split into two parts.

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Tunes Taught
  • The Boyne Hunt
  • The Maids of Castlebar
  • The Rose in the Heather
  • Tommy Cohen's Reel
  • Willy Coleman's Jig
  • Lucy Farr's Barndance
  • The Stack of Oats
  • The Belfast Hornpipe
  • The Galway Rambler
  • An Lurgadán
  • Eileen Curran's
  • Hull's Reel

Tutor Info

Paddy Cummins

Paddy Cummins

Paddy says: I was born in Drimnagh, Dublin and began playing music at nine years of age. My father played a little bit on the mandolin and, after I asked him if he would teach me how to play, he gave me the few tunes he had. For two years, I messed about with the little banjo-mandolin we had in the house but never approached music seriously. When I turned 11, I wanted to play the guitar so my parents got me a cheap one as a Christmas present. I felt more at home with this instrument as I could play a broader range of music. I had not developed a keen interest in Irish music, though I always did have an affection for ballads from people like Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore and The Fureys....[Read More]