Banjo Basics

This course, taught by Lisa Canny is aimed at the absolute beginner tenor banjo player.  It begins with a series of four free lessons, then progresses through to the thirteen main subscription lessons.  How to hold the instrument and plectrum, how to tune the strings, proper hand and finger posture are all important fundaments that will be addressed in the early lessons.  There is a progressive study of scales, and ornamentation throughout the course.  Trebles, triplets and the use of double stops will feature, particularly in the later lessons.  The tunes that Lisa teaches are all popular session tunes which include The Kerry Polka, The Lilting Banshee, Out on the Ocean, The Derry Hornpipe, The Rights of Man, and The Humours of Whiskey.  A variety of tune types and keys are taught.  ‘Banjo Basics’ will equip the beginner tenor banjo player with all the necessary rudiments needed for their journey down the Irish music road!


Lessons

FREE

Hand and Finger Positioning

Banjo Basics Lesson 1


Level 1 | Melody

Tuning the strings, plectrum motion, and Hand and Finger Positioning

 

FREE

The Scale of D Major

Banjo Basics Lesson 2


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

The scale of D Major

 

FREE

Twinkle Twinkle

Banjo Basics Lesson 3


Level 1 | Melody

Down-Up-Down Plectrum Motion

 

FREE

The Kerry Polka

Banjo Basics Lesson 4


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of D Major

Polka

Britches Full of Stitches

Banjo Basics Lesson 5


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of G Major

Polka

The Taureen Polka

Banjo Basics Lesson 6


E Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Economy of Finger Movement - Left Hand

Polka

Báidín Fheilimi

Banjo Basics Lesson 7


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of D Major

Waltz

The lilting Banshee

Banjo Basics Lesson 8


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Plectrum Motion

Jig

Gerry Beaver's Hat

Banjo Basics Lesson 9


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Trebles / Plectrum Motion

Jig

Out on the Ocean

Banjo Basics Lesson 10


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Plectrum Motion / Trebles

Jig

The Concertina Reel

Banjo Basics Lesson 11


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Triplets

Reel

The Derry Hornpipe

Banjo Basics Lesson 12


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Triplets

Hornpipe

The Rights of Man

Banjo Basics Lesson 13


E Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Triplets and Trebles / Chromaticism

Hornpipe

The Winnie Hills of Leitrim

Banjo Basics Lesson 14


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Slip Jig Rhythm

Slip Jig

The Humours of West Meath

Banjo Basics Lesson 15


D Mixolydian | Level 2 | Melody

Double Stops

 

Humours of Whiskey

Banjo Basics Lesson 16


B Minor | Level 2 | Melody

Double Stops

Slip Jig

John Blessing's Reel

Banjo Basics Lesson 17


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

Triplets, Trebles and Double Stops

Reel

The Golden Stud

Banjo Basics Lesson 18


E Minor | Level 2 | Melody

Triplets, Trebles and Double Stops

Reel

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Welcome to OAIM
Online Academy of Irish Music

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