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Play Banjo Today!

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    Intro (11:11)


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    How to Read Tablature (4:40)


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    Pinching and Chords (6:52)


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    Rolls (9:47)


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    Slides (8:17)


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    Pickin a Classic (7:58)


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    A Big Lick (6:34)


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    Major Chords (8:34)


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    Sixteenth Note Licks (5:07)


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    Chords Up The Neck (9:50)


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    Single Eighth Notes (3:08)


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    Minor Chords and Major Scales (6:44)


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    Outro (1:51)


The Hal Leonard Play Today® Banjo series is an awesome way to quickly learn how to play Banjo, covering the basics and important instrument information the new player needs to know. There's no reason not to play!

The ULTIMATE self-teaching Banjo method is here, designed to offer quality instruction, terrific songs, and on-screen Banjo notation so you can play all the music examples. Simply follow along with the music on the screen, as you watch and listen to the teacher.

In this series, Banjo pro Colin O'Brien will teach you the Basics, Songs, Chords, and Melodies, as well as Pinching, Rolling, and Picking styles. Gain valuable Playing Tips and Techniques while learning at your own pace.

The lessons are shown in Banjo Tablature, so open the door to the world of Banjo music today!


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Colin O’Brien is an award-winning performer who presents concerts and workshops throughout the USA. His solo show features his skills on banjo, guitar, fiddle, and his amazing percussive feet.

Colin also teaches at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. He’s delighted that you’re interested in the banjo. You’re invited to swing by colingobrien.com if you have any questions or just to say hello!

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    Play Banjo Today!

    The Hal Leonard Play Today® Banjo series is an awesome way to quickly learn how to play Banjo, covering the basics and important instrument information the new player needs to know. There's no reason not to play!

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