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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!
4.6 (13 ratings)
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Created by Anna E. Uptain
Last updated 2/2013
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of the course you should be playing several popular old-time songs.
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  • 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 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!

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!
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:17:37
Getting to Know the Banjo Basics
5 Lectures 32:15

This material is for Lectures 1 and 2.

Preview 01:59

How to Read a Chord Chart

Basic Banjo Chords

This downloadable material is for Lectures 4 and 5.

Reading and Understanding Tablature

Understanding Rhythm
The Style of Up-Picking Broken Down
4 Lectures 12:46
The Basic Up-Picking Pattern

This video covers Lecture 7 and 8.

Preview 04:15

Boil 'Em Cabbage Down
1 page

Audio Files for Jesse James.

Jesse James
2 pages
Banjo Techniques - What Makes it Have that "Banjoey" Sound
2 Lectures 06:01

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

What is a Slide?
2 pages

This video covers Lectures 10 and 11.

Preview 06:01
Adding the Techniques to a Song
3 Lectures 15:35

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.

Cripple Creek Part A
1 page

This video is for Lecture 12 and 13.

Cripple Creek Part B

Wildwood Flower: A New Chord CV
Extra Up-Picking Songs
3 Lectures 00:00

Audio Files Only.

I'll Fly Away Level 1 - No Slides, Hammers or Pull-Offs
2 pages

Audio Files Only.

I'll Fly Away Level 2 - Includes Slides, Hammers and Pull-Off
2 pages

Audio Files Only.

Old Joe Clark- Includes Slides, Hammers and Pull-Offs
1 page
About the Instructor
4.6 Average rating
13 Reviews
163 Students
1 Course
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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