Tenor Banjo for Absolute Beginners

A simple guide to get you started on the road to playing the 4-string Banjo, no musical knowledge needed
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  • Lectures 34
  • Length 37 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

Learn how to play the Tenor Banjo (EADG tuning) through Irish tunes. You will learn how to play a Polka, a Jig and a Reel.

Follow instructional videos complete with Tablature (TAB) showing you exactly where to place your fingers. The TAB can be downloaded so you can study it separately from the videos.

There is also audio of the full tunes so that you can download and listen to them to help facilitate learning.

This course is designed to take an absolute beginner, get them started and playing tunes within a few weeks.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a Tenor Banjo (4 strings) tuned EADG, a plectrum, desire to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you will be able to play 3 tunes and the D scale
  • In this course you will learn how to hold the instrument
  • You will learn how to read Tablature (TAB)
  • Learn how to tune the Tenor Banjo

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who would like to play the Tenor Banjo. No previous experience necessary, although if you have ever played another string instrument (guitar, violin) this will stand to you

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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Curriculum

Section 1: Before we get started
00:45

Discover what will be covered during this course

Article

Some advice on choosing an instrument

Section 2: Getting started
00:52

Learn how to hold the Tenor banjo

1 page

Learn the names of the strings

1 page

Learn the main parts of the Tenor banjo

02:24

How to hold the pick and how to strike the strings, and the alternate picking technique

01:34

Learn about tuning using an electronic tuner or phone app

01:56

The TAB system for the banjo explained

1 page

TAB and music notation for one of the main scales of Irish music

03:55

Learn how to play the D scale step by step

00:53

Correct positioning of the Left hand fingers

Before we play the first tune
5 questions
Section 3: The Kerry Polka
1 page

TAB and music notation for the Kerry Polka

01:43

Learn the first part of the Kerry Polka. Make sure to pay careful attention to where you place your fingers.

Each tune will be broken into sections so that you can work on each part individually.

00:41

Learn the second part of the Kerry Polka.

Use this lesson to help get everything working correctly.

00:31

Work on the first part of the Kerry Polka at a faster speed. (Polkas, Jigs & especially Reels tend to be played quite fast, so it will be necessary to develop this aspect)

00:56

The second part of the Kerry Polka at a faster speed. While speed is the last element to worry about it is necessary to start increasing the speed once you can play the notes and rhythm correctly.

00:43

Audio of the full tune with both sections played one after the other

Section 4: My Darling Asleep Jig
1 page

TAB and music notation for the jig My Darling Asleep

01:15

My Darling Asleep played slowly.

Pay careful attention to the jig rhythm.

00:30

The second section of My Darling Asleep at a slower pace.

Use this lesson to help get everything working correctly.

00:34

The first part of My Darling Asleep played at a faster pace.

If you are finding the faster pace difficult go back to the slower lesson until everything fits together more readily.

00:32

Work on the second section of My Darling Asleep at a faster speed.

Again make sure that you can play the tune comfortably at the slower pace before trying to increase the speed.

01:11

Audio of the full tune with both sections played one after the other

Section 5: Rolling in the Ryegrass Reel
1 page

TAB and music notation for the reel Rolling in the Ryegrass

02:09

The first section of Rolling in the Ryegrass at a slower speed. Learn about pivoting fingers across strings

00:44

The second section of Rolling in the Ryegrass at a slower speed.

Use this lesson to help get everything working correctly.

00:37

Rolling in the Ryegrass at a faster pace, the first section.

Use this lesson to help you work on building speed in the tune.

00:38

Rolling in the Ryegrass at a faster pace, the second section. Use this lesson to help you work on building speed in the tune.

00:47

Audio of the full tune with both sections played one after the other

Section 6: Practising
Article

Key elements to getting the most from your practise sessions. How you practise will influence how quickly you learn.

00:41

I hope you learned a lot and enjoyed your experience, now you need to build on what you've learned and keep practising!

01:34

This is a set of 3 hornpipes The Boys From Bluehill, The Harvest Home and Cronin's Hornpipe. The follow-on course (Tenor Banjo) will focus on sets which is the way that these tunes are usually performed. There will be a set of Reels, Jigs, Polkas and the three Hornpipes featured here. If you are interested send me a message and I'll forward on a 50% discount voucher.

1 page

The TAB for the D scale is written so that it starts and finishes on the D note (otherwise it will sound strange, for those who are technically curious it would become a Lydian mode if we started on the G note on the open 4th string).


G scale across all strings
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Francis Long, Music Teacher dipABRSM, LTCL at Waltons New School of Music

I have been involved in the music business for many years. At the age of eight I joined the Artane Boys Band, where I received a great introduction into the world of music, learning how to play the clarinet, oboe and the bell lyre. When I left this marching band (which is compulsory at age 16) I discovered the guitar and began the next phase of my musical journey playing rock, pop and blues in various bands in Dublin. Looking for a further challenge I decided to study classical guitar in which I have earned both an Associated Board ABRSM diploma and a Licentiate LTCL diploma. Along the way I worked in different music shops, where I got the opportunity to try other instruments and ended up also learning banjo, mandolin and bodhran. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, mandolin and music technology at Waltons New School Of Music in Dublin since 2003 and have also given lessons at several Dublin-area primary schools through Waltons In-School Music Programme.

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