Old-Time Banjo for the Absolute Beginner

A Quick Start Method to Playing "Up-PIcking". An Easy to Learn Old-Time Style of Banjo Playing!
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2014 English

Course Description

What is Up-Picking style of playing banjo? It is a great old style of banjo playing that plays the melody of the song with the index finger, while adding a brush chord and pluck of the 5th string to the mix. It emphasizes the melody, but is also a great accompiament to singing and an easy start to playing the banjo. It is also a great way to transition into the bluegrass/three-finger style of playing most are familiar with. No note reading or musical experience necessary! All that is needed is an excitement and willingness to learn! Let's get started!

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a 5 string banjo, a plastic thumb pick and one metal finger pick. All download materials in this course are in pdf format. No experience is necessary for this course, just a willingness to learn.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you should be playing several popular old-time songs.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for folks who have always had an interest in playing the banjo but didn't know where to start. The course is designed for folks who have never played an instrument before now!

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting to Know the Banjo Basics

This material is for Lectures 1 and 2.

How to Read a Chord Chart
Basic Banjo Chords

This downloadable material is for Lectures 4 and 5.

Understanding Rhythm
Section 2: The Style of Up-Picking Broken Down
The Basic Up-Picking Pattern

This video covers Lecture 7 and 8.

Boil 'Em Cabbage Down
1 page
2 pages

Audio Files for Jesse James.

Section 3: Banjo Techniques - What Makes it Have that "Banjoey" Sound
2 pages

This PDF has the Slide, Hammer and Pull-Off in one document. No other documents are needed for Lectures 10 and 11.


This video covers Lectures 10 and 11.

Section 4: Adding the Techniques to a Song
1 page

Cripple Creek Part A and B are one PDF File. No Other Documents are Needed for Lecture 12 and 13. Audio files are also available for Cripple Creek.


This video is for Lecture 12 and 13.

Wildwood Flower: A New Chord CV
Section 5: Extra Up-Picking Songs
2 pages

Audio Files Only.

2 pages

Audio Files Only.

1 page

Audio Files Only.

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Instructor Biography

Anna E. Uptain, Music Educator/Instructor/Musician

Anna E. Uptain specializes in group lessons for the adult beginner in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. She believes that one is never to old to learn...... .anything......including how to play an instrument! Check out her courses, grab your instrument and let's get started! No experience is necessary, just a willingness and openness to learn and have a great time!

Anna earned her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Music Education and Church Music from Lambuth University.

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