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Tenor Banjo

A guide to playing traditional Irish tunes
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Created by Francis Long
Last updated 6/2015
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Learn how to play the Tenor Banjo through Irish tunes. You will learn how to play sets of Polkas, Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for Tenor Banjo students who would like to expand their repertoire
  • Novices should complete the Tenor Banjo for Absolute Beginners course which will guide them through the basics before taking this course
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What Will I Learn?
Learn 12 Traditional Irish Tunes
Apply ornamentation to your playing
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  • You will need a Tenor Banjo (4 strings) tuned EADG, a plectrum, desire to learn
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 18 Lectures Collapse All 18 Lectures 55:08
Before we get started
1 Lecture 01:25
3 Lectures 12:10


The Geese in the Bog
4 Lectures 18:37
The Boys of Bluehill

Cronin's Hornpipe

The 3 hornpipes played one after each other starting with The Boys of Bluehill, The Harvest Home and finishing with Cronin's Hornpipe

A set of Hornpipes
3 Lectures 08:29
The Ballydesmond no.2

The Ballydesmond no.1

John Ryan's
3 Lectures 08:43
Humours of Tulla

The Mountain Road

The Maid Behind the Bar
3 Lectures 04:56
Adding a Drone


Triplets on different notes
1 Lecture 00:48
About the Instructor
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Music Teacher dipABRSM, LTCL

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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