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Instruments > Banjo > Online Banjo with Noam Pikelny

Banjo
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. Course opening mid/late April 2020.

Foundational banjo chordsMaster the entire banjo neck

Essential banjo musicBluegrass Banjo & Beyond

Online Banjo with Noam Pikelny

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 "Best Folk Album" for their release, All Ashore. Noam makes his home in Nashville, TN and has been teaching at ArtistWorks since Spring, 2020.


Banjo Lessons


Basic

  • Welcome to the Banjo School
  • Introduction to Banjo – Nuts & Bolts
  • How to Tune a Banjo
  • Basic Tuning – Tune up Lesson
  • Finger Picks
  • Basic Right Hand Position
  • First Picking Exercises
  • Left Hand Fretting Technique
  • Basic Chord Exercises
  • “You Are My Sunshine” - Basic Version
  • Forward Rolls - Introduction
  • Forward Rolls - Exercises
  • Forward Rolls – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
  • The Foggy Mountain Breakdown Roll – Introduction
  • The Foggy Mountain Breakdown Roll – Exercises
  • The Foggy Mountain Breakdown Roll – “Old Time River Man”
  • Introduction to Pinches & Boom Chuck Rhythm
  • 4 Note Rolls: The “Cripple Creek” Roll
  • 4 Note Rolls: “Cripple Creek” Roll Variations
  • 4 Note Rolls: “Grandfather’s Clock”
  • 4 Note Rolls: “Goodbye Liza Jane”
  • Forward Backwards Roll - Introduction
  • Forward Backwards Roll – Exercises
  • Forward Backwards Roll – “Two Dollar Bill (Long Journey Home)”
  • The Osborne/Cheatham Roll - Introduction
  • The Osborne/Cheatham Roll – “We Shall Overcome”
  • The Osborne/Cheatham Roll – “Bill Cheatham” – Basic Version
  • Backwards Rolls – Introduction
  • Backwards Rolls – Exercises
  • Backwards Rolls – “John Hardy”
  • Slides – Introduction
  • Slides – Practice Etude
  • Hammer-Ons – Introduction
  • Hammer-Ons – Practice Etude
  • Pull-Offs – Introduction
  • Pull-Offs – Practice Etude
  • “Cripple Creek” – Scruggs Style
  • Forward Rolls Revisited
  • Forward Rolls – Longer Forward Roll Practice Etude
  • “You Are My Sunshine” with Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs
  • More Chords & Backup Style Pinches
  • More Chords & How “Not” to Play the Banjo
  • The E minor Chord - “Dink’s Song”
  • Playing in a Minor Key - “Wayfaring Stranger”
  • “Wreck of the Old 97” – Key of D (No Capo)
  • More Chords: F, D minor, Bb, C7 & F Up the Neck
  • “Banks of the Ohio” – Key of F
  • Backward Roll Study: “You Are My Sunshine” – Key of C
  • “Goodbye Liza Jane” – 3 Finger Scruggs Style
  • “John Hardy” – 3 Finger Scruggs Style – Key of G
  • Patterns & Rolls for Waltzes
  • “Irene Goodnight” – Key of G
  • Using a Capo
  • “Old Joe Clark” – 3 Finger Style – Key of A (with Capo)
  • Basic Up the Neck Chord Position: Root & 1st Inversion
  • “Sally Goodin” - Up the Neck Scruggs Style
  • Backward Slides: “Rye Whiskey”

Intermediate

  • Introduction to Intermediate Banjo
  • Scruggs Elemental Phrases: “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” – Key of G
  • Bending/Choking the 3rd String: “Little Maggie”
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – Root Position – Part 1: Chord Shapes & Qualities
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – Root Position – Part 2: Triads Within the Position
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – Root Position – Part 3: Sixths within the Position
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – Root Position – Part 4: Thirds within the Position
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – First Inversion – Part 1: Chord Shapes & Qualities
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – First Inversion – Part 2: Triads Within the Position
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – First Inversion – Part 3: Sixths within the Position
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – First Inversion – Part 4: Thirds within the Position
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – Second Inversion – Part 1: Chord Shapes & Qualities
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – Second Inversion – Part 2: Triads Within the Position
  • G Major Diatonic Chords – Second Inversion – Part 3: Thirds within the Position
  • Triad Shifting Exercises – Top 3 Strings Part 1: Exercise 1
  • Triad Shifting Exercises – Top 3 Strings Part 1: Exercise 2
  • Triad Shifting Exercises – Top 3 Strings Part 1: Exercise 3
  • Triad Shifting Exercises – Top 3 Strings Part 1: Exercise 4
  • Triad Shifting Exercises – Top 3 Strings Part 2: Exercise 1
  • Triad Shifting Exercises – Top 3 Strings Part 2: Exercise 2
  • Triad Shifting Exercises – Top 3 Strings Part 2: Exercise 3
  • Triad Shifting Exercises – Top 3 Strings Part 2: Exercise 4
  • Outlining D7 Using Triads (F#dim & Am)
  • “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Up the Neck
  • “Banks of the Ohio” Up the Neck (Triads & Sixths)
  • Harmonics
  • “Grandfather’s Clock” Up the Neck (Triads & Sixths)
  • C Major Diatonic Chords – Part 1: Root, First & Second Inversion
  • C Major Diatonic Chords – Part 2: Triads, Thirds & Sixths
  • “You Are My Sunshine” – Key of C (Triads & Sixths)
  • “John Hardy” Up the Neck (Triads & Sixths)
  • “Wreck of the Old 97” Up the Neck (Triads, Thirds & Sixths)
  • Introduction to Melodic Style
  • “The Girl I Left Behind Me” – Basic Melodic Style
  • G Major Melodic Style Practice Etude
  • “Blackberry Blossom” – Melodic Style
  • “Cripple Creek” – Melodic Style (Middle Playing 2nd String)
  • “Goodbye Liza Jane” – Melodic Style (Thirds & Sixths)
  • D Melodic Study – Descending Practice Etude
  • D Melodic Study – Ascending Practice Etude
  • “St. Anne’s Reel” – Melodic Style
  • C Melodic Study – Descending Practice Etude
  • C Melodic Study – Ascending Practice Etude
  • “Billy in the Lowground” – Melodic Style
  • “Gold Rush” – Melodic & 3 Finger Style – Key of G
  • Playing Slow 4/4 Songs with a Shuffle Feel – Basics
  • Playing Slow 4/4 Songs with a Shuffle Feel – Exercises 1-5
  • Playing Slow 4/4 Songs with a Shuffle Feel – Exercises 6-10
  • Playing Slow 4/4 Songs with a Shuffle Feel – Exercises 11-16
  • “You Are My Sunshine” with Shuffle Feel
  • Playing Waltzes with a Shuffle Feel
  • “Irene Goodnight” – Slow with Shuffle Feel
  • “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz”
  • Barely Single String
  • Single String – Introduction
  • Single String – String Crossings
  • Single String – G Scales out of Open Position
  • “Sally Goodin” – Basic Single String – Open Position
  • Single String – G Dominant 7 Scales out of Open Position
  • How to Fill Single String Rests Precisely
  • “Gold Rush” – Single String – Key of G – Open Position
  • “Old Joe Clark” – Single String – Capo 2
  • “Leather Britches” – Single String – Open Position
  • Single String – D Scales out of Open Position
  • “Whiskey Before Breakfast” – Single String – Open Position

Advanced

  • Introduction to Advanced Banjo
  • 4 Note Diatonic Seventh Chord Voicings
  • What Defines a Position? (6 Ways to Play a G Scale in One Position)
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes – Index Leading Exercise 1
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes – Index Leading Exercise 2
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes – Index Leading Exercise 3
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes – Middle/Ring Leading Exercise 1
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes – Middle/Ring Leading Exercise 2
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes – Middle/Ring Leading Exercise 3
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes – Pinky Leading Exercise 1
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes – Pinky Leading Exercise 2
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes Across Only 3 Positions (2 Shifts)
  • Single String – Closed Scales: G Major Modes in Thirds
  • Single String – Closed Scales & Major Modes – Keys of D & C
  • “Sally Goodin” – Closed Single String – Up the Neck
  • “Blackberry Blossom” – Closed Single String – Up the Neck
  • “Goodbye Liza Jane” – Closed Single String
  • “St. Anne’s Reel” – Closed Single String
  • Single String Triplets without String Crossings 1: Exercises on 1st String
  • Single String Triplets without String Crossings 1: Exercises on 2nd String
  • Single String Triplets without String Crossings 1: Exercises on 3rd String
  • Single String Triplets without String Crossings 1: Exercises on 4th String
  • Single String Triplets without String Crossings 2: Exercises on 1st String
  • Single String Triplets without String Crossings 2: Exercises on 2nd String
  • Single String Triplets without String Crossings 2: Exercises on 3rd String
  • Single String Triplets without String Crossings 2: Exercises on 4th String
  • “Eighth of January” – Single String Triplets without String Crossings
  • Single String Triplets with String Crossings 1: Ascending Patterns – RH Only
  • Single String Triplets with String Crossings 2: Ascending Patterns – RH+LH Ex. 1-3
  • Single String Triplets with String Crossings 2: Ascending Patterns – RH+LH Ex. 4-7
  • Single String Triplets with String Crossings 2: Ascending Patterns – RH+LH Ex. 8-10
  • Single String Triplets with String Crossings 3: Descending Patterns – RH Only - TMI
  • Single String Triplets with String Crossings 4: Descending Patterns – RH+LH - TMI
  • Single String Triplets with String Crossings 5: Descending Patterns – RH Only - TIM
  • Single String Triplets with String Crossings 6: Descending Patterns – RH+LH – TIM
  • “Blackberry Blossom” – Single String Triplets with String Crossings
  • “St. Anne’s Reel” – Single String Triplets with String Crossings
  • 4 Note Melodic Cells – Exercise 1
  • 4 Note Melodic Cells – Exercise 2
  • 5 Note Melodic Cells – Exercise 1
  • 5 Note Melodic Cells – Exercise 2
  • “Whiskey Before Breakfast” – Closed Single String – Up the Neck
  • “Billy in the Lowground” – Closed Single String
  • “Wheel Hoss”
  • “Waveland”

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