Banjo Tutorial

Jens Kruger Banjo Method for Beginners

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10 Videos | Length: 1hr 33min 59sec
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  • Chapter 1 8:25

    Chapter 1

    Jens starts this series off with a banjo tune and talks a bit about the series we'll be watching today. You'll get a lesson on tuning and learn a bit about banjo strings and chords.

  • Chapter 2 10:27

    Chapter 2

    Jens shows us the "roll", and gives an upclose look at what he's doing and how he positions his hands and fingers. Jens brings out the metronome and gets us familiar with the importance of keeping time.

  • Chapter 3 11:18

    Chapter 3

    In this video, Jens shows us some banjo fingerings and picking techniques. You'll learn how to move between the strings creating those classic banjo rhythms.

  • Chapter 4 7:44

    Chapter 4

    Jens shows us a tune called "Go Tell Aunt Rhody", and gives us a close look at the different parts. Jens also gives us some good advice on how to progress through different exercises and melodies.

  • Chapter 5 7:56

    Chapter 5

    Jens gives some advice about how to think about the banjo helping you get comfortable and confident in your playability. Jens then plays some melodies that you can play along with.

  • Chapter 6 3:30

    Chapter 6

    In this video, Jens gives us a rhythm track and a few play-along exercises to take your timing and flow to the next level. This video gives you plenty of room to practice on your own with just a rhythm line in the background.

  • Chapter 7 10:03

    Chapter 7

    Jens gives us a close look at the melody that we heard earlier, showing us some of the techniques that he uses. Jens also shows us bending and a few others tricks that will add depth and variations to your banjo licks.

  • Chapter 8 10:39

    Chapter 8

    Jens takes a look at a tune "Swanee River" by Stephen Foster, explaining each element and part so you understand how to aproach it for yourself.

  • Chapter 9 14:26

    Chapter 9

    In this video, Jens talks about the key of D. Jens gives us the foundation of the key, and moves onward through some progressions that will help you practice in D.

  • Chapter 10 9:31

    Chapter 10

    Jens talks about 3/4 time, and how to feel and understand the time signinture. Jens then helps you fit your rolls inside of 3/4 while showing you some practices that will tighten your flow. Jens signs off with some advice and gives us one last performance with the band.

Product Overview

Jens Kruger's Banjo Method for Beginners is an easy and joyful way for you to start picking and playing Banjo today!

Banjo virtuoso Jens Kruger has devised a uniquely satisfying way for beginners to get started on this great American instrument. His is a completely different approach to learning to play the banjo: it's liberating, inspiring and will allow anyone to make music in minutes. Even if you already play the banjo there will be revelations here for you.

Jens' approach is based on playing a simple melody line surrounded by open drone notes. You only have to play one string at a time, finding the tune by ear as you slide up and down the fingerboard. By combining this with a simple forward roll, your songs sound full and deceptively complex.

This easy but highly musical lesson will teach anyone to play the melodies to songs such as Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Aunt Rhody, Grandfather's Clock, Wildwood Flower, Old Folks at Home, Shady Grove and other favorites in the three-finger banjo style.

Rhythmic backup by the Kruger Brothers Band adds a rich and cohesive sound and enables you to play along with Jens for productive practice sessions.

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