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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.

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Noam Pikelny online music lessons

About Online Banjo Course with Noam Pikelny


Embark on an extraordinary musical journey into the world of banjo with the legendary Noam Pikelny. ArtistWorks proudly presents a remarkable opportunity to learn from one of the most acclaimed banjo players and educators of our time. Whether you're a beginner captivated by the unique sounds of the banjo or an experienced player seeking to refine your technique, this comprehensive online course is designed to elevate your banjo playing to new heights.

Welcome to a world-class online platform where you can explore the art of banjo playing from the comfort of your own home. With Noam Pikelny as your mentor, you'll gain exclusive access to a meticulously crafted curriculum of video lessons, providing you with the techniques, musicality, and stylistic nuances necessary to become a proficient and expressive banjo player.

As a Grammy-nominated banjo virtuoso and founding member of the Punch Brothers, Noam Pikelny brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this online course. Now, you have the exclusive opportunity to learn directly from him as he shares his unique insights, innovative approaches, and profound understanding of the banjo.

From mastering banjo techniques, such as picking, rolls, and chord voicings, to exploring various banjo styles including bluegrass, clawhammer, and melodic playing, Noam Pikelny will guide you through each step of your musical journey. With his clear and engaging instruction, you'll develop a solid foundation and gain the skills necessary to express yourself authentically on the banjo.

One of the standout features of this online banjo course is the interactive learning experience facilitated by the ArtistWorks platform. As a student, you'll have the unique opportunity to submit practice videos to Noam Pikelny, who will provide personalized video feedback and guidance. This invaluable one-on-one instruction ensures that you receive individual attention, allowing you to refine your technique, improve your tone, and develop your own unique musical voice.

In addition to the personalized feedback, you'll become part of a vibrant online community of fellow banjo enthusiasts. Connect, collaborate, and engage with like-minded musicians from around the world. Share your progress, exchange ideas, and receive support from both your peers and Noam Pikelny himself. This collaborative environment fosters a sense of camaraderie and provides an ongoing source of inspiration and encouragement throughout your musical journey.

With the convenience of learning on your own schedule and the flexibility to access the course materials anytime, anywhere, this online banjo course caters to players of all levels. Whether you're a dedicated banjo aficionado or an adventurous musician seeking to explore new musical horizons, Noam Pikelny's expertise and guidance will unlock your potential and enable you to express yourself authentically through the banjo.

Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of the preeminent banjo players of our time. Enroll in the online banjo course with Noam Pikelny today, and embark on a transformative musical journey that will enhance your playing and ignite your passion for the banjo. Get ready to pick, strum, and pluck your way to mastery and become the banjo player you've always aspired to be!


About Video Exchange® Learning



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.


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


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Basic

Backward Roll Study - “You Are My Sunshine” - Key of C
Backward Rolls - Practice Exercises
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
Miscellaneous Topics
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
“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”

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Intermediate

Introduction to Intermediate
Essential Music Theory
Introduction to Diatonic Chord Study
Diatonic Chords: Root Position - Chord Shapes and Qualities
Diatonic Chords: Root Position - Triads within the Position
Diatonic Chords: Root Position - Sixths within the Position
Diatonic Chords: Root Position - Thirds within the Position
Diatonic Chords: 1st Inversion - Chord Shapes and Qualities
Diatonic Chords: 1st Inversion - Triads within the Position
Diatonic Chords: 1st Inversion - Sixths within the Position
Diatonic Chords: 1st Inversion - Thirds within the Position
Diatonic Chords: 2nd Inversion - Chord Shapes and Qualities
Diatonic Chords: 2nd Inversion - Triads within the Position
Diatonic Chords: 2nd Inversion - Thirds within the Position
Triad Shifting Exercises - Top 3 Strings - Part 1
Triad Shifting Exercises - Top 3 Strings - Part 2
Outlining D7 Using Triads - F# Diminished & Am
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” - Up the Neck - Triads & Sixths
“Banks of the Ohio” - Up the Neck - Triads & Sixths
Harmonics
“Grandfather's Clock” - Up the Neck - Triads & Sixths
C Major Diatonic Chords: Root, 1st & 2nd Inversion & Triad Extractions
C Major Diatonic Chords: Triads, Thirds & Sixths
“You Are My Sunshine” - Up the Neck - 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” - Melodic Style
G Major Melodic Practice Etude
“Blackberry Blossom” - Melodic Style
“Cripple Creek” - Melodic Style
“Goodbye Liza Jane” - Melodic Style - Thirds and Sixths
D Melodic Study & Etudes
“St. Anne's Reel” - Melodic Style
C Melodic Study & Etudes
“Billy in the Lowground” - Melodic Style
“Gold Rush” - Melodic & 3 Finger Style
Introduction to Single String
Single String: String Crossings
Single String - G Scales Out of Open Position
“Sally Goodin” - Basic Single String - Open Position
Miscellaneous Topics
“Leather Britches” - Single String - Open Position
Single String - G Dominant 7 Scales Out of Open Position
“Old Joe Clark” - Single String - Capo 2
How to Fill Single String Rests Precisely and In Time
“Gold Rush” - Single String - Open Position
Single String - D Scales Out of Open Position
“Whiskey Before Breakfast” - Single String - Open Position
Playing Slow 4/4 Songs with a Shuffle Feel
“You Are My Sunshine” - Playing with a Shuffle Feel
Playing Waltzes with a Shuffle Feel
“Irene Goodnight” - Playing with a Shuffle Feel
“Lonesome Moonlight Waltz”

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Advanced

Introduction to Advanced
What Defines a Left Hand Position?
4 Note Diatonic 7th Chord Voicings
Introduction to Modes
Single String Closed Scales: G Major Modes - Index Leading
Single String Closed Scales: G Major Modes - Middle/Ring Leading
Single String Closed Scales: G Major Modes - Pinky Leading
Single String Closed Scales: G Major Modes Across 3 Positions with 2 Shifts
Single String Closed Scales: G Major Modes In 3rds
“Sally Goodin” - Up The Neck - Closed Single String
“Blackberry Blossom” - Up The Neck - Closed Single String
“Goodbye Liza Jane” - Closed Single String
Single String Closed Scales: Introduction to D & C Major Modes
“Whiskey Before Breakfast” - Up the Neck - Closed Single String
“St. Anne's Reel” - Closed Single String
“Billy in the Lowground” - Closed Single String
Introduction to Single String Triplets
Single String Triplets - 1st String - No String Crossings - Right Hand Only
Single String Triplets - 2nd String - No String Crossings - Right Hand Only
Single String Triplets - 3rd String - No String Crossings - Right Hand Only
Single String Triplets - 4th String - No String Crossings - Right Hand Only
Single String Triplets - 1st String - No String Crossings - Both Hands
Single String Triplets - 2nd String - No String Crossings - Both Hands
Single String Triplets - 3rd String - No String Crossings - Both Hands
Single String Triplets - 4th String - No String Crossings - Both Hands
Single String Triplets - No String Crossings - ”Eighth of January”
Single String Triplets - No String Crossings - ”Whiskey Before Breakfast”
Introduction to Single String Triplets with String Crossings
Single String Triplets with String Crossings - Ascending - Right Hand Only
Single String Triplets with String Crossings - Ascending - Both Hands
Single String Triplets with String Crossings - Descending - Right Hand Only -TMI
Single String Triplets with String Crossings - Descending - Both Hands -TMI
Single String Triplets with String Crossings - Descending - Right Hand Only -TIM
Single String Triplets with String Crossings - Descending - Both Hands -TIM
Single String Triplets with String Crossings - “Blackberry Blossom”
Single String Triplets with String Crossings - “St. Anne's Reel”
Closed Melodic Playing: 4 Note Cells - Introduction
Closed Melodic Playing: 4 Note Cells - Practice Exercises
Closed Melodic Playing: 5 Note Cells - Introduction
Closed Melodic Playing: 5 Note Cells - Practice Exercises
“Waveland” -NEW!
Miscellaneous Topics

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