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Instruments > Banjo > Banjo Lessons with Tony Trischka

Online Banjo Lessons
with Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka has crafted a definitive banjo lesson library with hundreds of online video lessons. Students have unlimited access to in-depth banjo instruction, tablature, backing tracks, interviews and performances with dozens of bluegrass legends. Learn essential skills from one of the world's top banjo players.

 5-string banjo rolls  Solo & ensemble tips

 Lots of banjo tabs  Interviews with bluegrass icons

Tony Trischka giving online banjo 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. Tony 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 Tony. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

Top Quality Banjo Lessons

  • 100s of banjo lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion & Looping on videos

About Tony Trischka

For nearly 40 years, Tony Trischka has been an inspiration for countless bluegrass and acoustic musicians. Tony made his recording debut with the band Country Cooking in 1971. Since then, he's recorded numerous solo albums, collaborated with artists like Peter Rowan and Stacy Phillips, and produced Steve Martin's Grammy-nominated album Rare Bird Alert. His 2004 album Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular also received a Grammy nomination and multiple IBMA awards. He has continued to push boundaries as one of the world's top banjo players, lending his expertise as music director for the documentary "Give Me the Banjo". Tony has taught banjo lessons at ArtistWorks since 2009, building a global learning community around his Video Exchange library.

Banjo Lessons

 Level 1: Beginner

  • Welcome to the School
  • Holding The Banjo
  • Tuning the Banjo
  • Intro to Chords G C D7
  • “This Little Light of Mine”
  • Right Hand Position
  • Left Hand Position
  • Reading Tablature
  • “Ode To Joy” Preamble
  • “Ode to Joy”
  • “Ode to Joy” - Part B -NEW!
  • Finger Picks
  • Finger Picks - Additional Tips On Placement -NEW!
  • Pick Placement
  • Alternating Thumb Roll Exercises
  • Forward Rolls: “Boil Them Cabbage Down”
  • Mixed Rolls: “Boil Them Cabbage Down”
  • The Slide: “Boil Them Cabbage Down”
  • Palming The Banjo
  • How to Practice
  • Osborne Roll: The F Chord - “Boil Them Cabbage Down”
  • Osborne Roll: “Boil Them Cabbage Down” Variation on 5th Fret
  • Osborne Roll: Fingering
  • Osborne Roll: “Sourwood Mountain”
  • D Chord
  • Note Emphasis
  • “Michael Row the Boat Ashore”
  • “Penny's Farm”
  • “Wildwood Flower” Key of C
  • “Wildwood Flower” - Version 2 - Down the Neck -NEW!
  • “Old Joe Clark” Osborne Roll
  • Osborne Roll: “Cluck Old Hen”
  • “The Watermill”
  • “Spanish Fandango” -NEW!
  • Important Reminders From Tony
  • Practice Techniques & Reaching Goals
  • Call For Videos
  • Separation of Notes
  • Hitting the Head with the Picks
  • Keeping a Positive Attitude
  • Playing with Others Part 1
  • Playing with Others Part 2: Beginning Back-up
  • Playing with Others Part 2B: Rolling Backup
  • Playing with Others Part 3
  • Using the Capo
  • Metronome
  • Beginning Hammer-Ons Part 1
  • Beginning Hammer-Ons Part 2: “Shady Grove”
  • Beginning Hammer-Ons Part 3: “Mole in the Ground”
  • Tone
  • Right Hand Distance From The Bridge
  • Pull-Offs Part 1
  • “Buffalo Gals”
  • Pull-Offs Part 2: 3-2
  • Pull-Offs Part 3: “The Old Cat Died”
  • “The Old Cat Died” - Up the Neck
  • Pull-Off Etude 1
  • Pull-Off Etude 2
  • Choking the 2-3 Slide
  • 2-3 Hammer-On Instead of 2-3 Slide
  • “John Hardy”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • 3/4 Time: “Down In The Valley”
  • Standing Position
  • Ear Training: “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”
  • Finding the Melody: “When the Saints Go Marching In”
  • Record Yourself
  • Up the Neck Part 1: “Boil Them Cabbage Down”
  • Up the Neck Part 2: “Skip to My Lou”
  • “Old Dan Tucker”
  • Changing a String
  • Working on Speed
  • Roll with No Name - “Old Joe Clark”
  • Roll with No Name - “Shortnin' Bread”
  • Roll with No Name - “Cripple Creek”
  • “Cripple Creek”
  • “Cripple Creek” - Up the Neck
  • Chords
  • “Soldiers Joy” (Aunt Bertha Robinson Version)
  • “Bucking Horse”
  • “Lil' Liza Jane” and the 2-3 Hammer On
  • “Red River Valley”
  • Straight Time vs. Bounce Time
  • “Shortnin' Bread”
  • Interchangeable Slides and Hammer-Ons
  • “Bury Me Beneath the Willow”
  • G Major Scale 3 Ways -NEW!
  • Submit a Placement Video
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes: Beginner

+ Level 2: Intermediate

+ Level 3: Advanced

+ Old Time Fingerpicking

+ Classic Style Banjo

+ Clawhammer

+ Celtic Tunes

+ Playing Backup

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What's In This Plan

  • Unlimited Access to Lessons
  • Unlimited Access to Video Exchange Library
  • 1 Video Submission to Teacher
  • Music Theory Workshop
  • Acoustic Guitar 101