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Instruments > Banjo > Online Banjo with Noam Pikelny

with Noam Pikelny

Noam teaches his singular and Grammy-winning sound in this comprehensive video library of banjo lessons. He covers a wide array of styles, ranging from straight-ahead bluegrass to boundary-pushing songs and techniques he employs with Punch Brothers and as a solo artist. He breaks down 3-Finger/Scruggs, Melodic and Single String styles through hundreds of lessons, tabs and play-along tracks.

Foundational banjo chordsMaster the entire banjo neck

Essential banjo musicBluegrass Banjo & Beyond

Noam Pikelny online music lessons

What You'll Learn

What ultimately sets these banjo lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Noam reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance to take your playing to the next level. All students can access the Video Exchange library and watch each other’s interactions with Noam. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your banjo playing skills.

Top Quality Banjo Lessons

  • 100s of banjo lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Deep dive into single string banjo

About Noam Pikelny

Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation” and The New Yorker describes as “wide- ranging and restlessly imaginative.” In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Noam's 2013 recording, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, was described by the New York Times as "a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion”. The album is widely considered a landmark recording in acoustic music, and was named “Album of the Year” at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. Noam is a two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year and in 2019, Noam, along with his fellow Punch Brothers, were awarded the "Best Folk Album" Grammy® for their release, All Ashore. Noam makes his home in Nashville, TN and has been teaching at ArtistWorks since Spring, 2020.

Banjo Lessons


  • Getting Started - Introduction & Course Overview
  • Introduction to the Banjo - Nuts & Bolts Terminology
  • Basic Tuning - Tuning Reference
  • How to Tune the Banjo - Basic Tuning Methods & Tips
  • Introduction to Tablature, Counting & Using a Metronome
  • Finger Picks
  • Basic Right Hand Position
  • First Picking Exercises
  • Basic Left Hand Fretting Technique
  • Introduction to Basic Chords - Open Position G, C, D & D7
  • Basic Chords - Shifting Exercises
  • Basic Chords - “You Are My Sunshine”
  • Forward Rolls - Practice Exercises
  • Forward Rolls - “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown Roll - Practice Exercises
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown Roll - “Old Time River Man”
  • Pinches & Boom Chuck Rhythm - Practice Exercises
  • Pinches & Boom Chuck Rhythm -“Grandfather's Clock” Practice Excerpt
  • Pinches & Boom Chuck Rhythm -“Goodbye Liza Jane” Practice Excerpt
  • 4 Note Rolls: Cripple Creek Roll, In & Out Roll and Variations
  • 4 Note Rolls - “Grandfather's Clock" Practice Excerpt
  • 4 Note Rolls - “Goodbye Liza Jane" Practice Excerpt
  • Forward Backward Roll - Practice Exercises
  • Forward Backward Roll - Variations & Practice Etude
  • Forward Backward Roll Version 2 - Practice Exercises
  • Forward Backward Roll Version 2 - Practice Etudes
  • Forward Backward Roll - “Two Dollar Bill (Long Journey Home)”
  • Osborne/Bill Cheatham Roll - Practice Exercises
  • Osborne/Bill Cheatham Roll - “We Shall Overcome” Practice Excerpt
  • Osborne/Bill Cheatham Roll - “Bill Cheatham”
  • Slides - Practice Exercises
  • Slides - Practice Etude
  • Hammer-Ons - Practice Exercises
  • Hammer-Ons - Practice Etude
  • Pull-Offs - Practice Exercises
  • Pull-Offs - Practice Etude
  • “Cripple Creek” - Scruggs Style
  • Forward Rolls Revisited - Longer Pattern Practice Exercises
  • Forward Rolls Revisited - Longer Pattern Practice Etude
  • “You Are My Sunshine” - Longer Forward Roll Patterns
  • More Chords - Closed Position D, G & G7
  • More Chords - Open Position Em, Am, A & A7
  • “Dink's Song”
  • Playing in a Minor Key - “Wayfaring Stranger”
  • Basic Up the Neck Chord Positions - Root & 1st Inversion G, C & D
  • More Chords - F, Dm, Bb & C7
  • “Banks of the Ohio” - Key of F
  • Backward Rolls - Practice Exercises
  • Backward Roll Study - “You Are My Sunshine” - Key of C
  • “Goodbye Liza Jane” - 3 Finger Style - Key of G
  • “John Hardy” - 3 Finger Style - Key of G
  • Backward Rolls - “John Hardy”
  • Using a Capo
  • “Old Joe Clark” - 3 Finger Style - Capo 2
  • “Wreck of the Old 97”
  • Elemental Scruggs Phrases - “Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms” - Key of G
  • “Little Maggie” - Bending/Choking the Third String
  • “Sally Goodin” - Up the Neck - 3 Finger Style
  • Patterns and Rolls for Waltzes
  • Rolling Backup Demystified
  • “Irene Goodnight” - Key of G
  • Barely Single String - Practice Exercise
  • Backward Slides - “Rye Whiskey”
  • Miscellaneous Topics

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What's In This Plan:

  • Early access 1-week before the course launches
  • Unlimited Access to Video Exchange Library
  • 1 Video Submission to Teacher
  • Music Theory Workshop
  • Acoustic Guitar 101