Featured question and answer banjo lessons with well known banjo instructor Ross Nickerson. Get the answers to frequently asked questions by your banjo student peers. Many students are facing the same obstacles. You will learn a lot by hearing others share their challenges in learning the banjo and the advice Ross gives to them.Some Questions Answered are Left Hand Tips, Cumberland Gap-Up the Neck Question, Don't try too hard advice, Banjo Timing Problems Question, Advice - Playing with Backup Band CDs, My Fingers Tense Up when Playing Banjo, To Bounce or not to Bounce when playing banjo rolls, Banjo Pull-off and Push-off tips, Getting control of your picking,What should I Practice on the banjo? advice on capoing the banjo fifth string, Playing Banjo by the chords advice and instruction, Learning Banjo Chords and Chord Form Tips, Left Hand Exercise Question Double hammer-on and pull-off banjo lick, Pulling 3-2 on the third string with the ring finger? Pull Down or Push Up-That is the question? Pull-off and Push-off tips/follow up Finding the melody note, developing the ear Advice for weak spots in the right and left hand, Chord forms in different keys, Jed Clampett Beverly Hillbilly's D Chord Section, Workshop Comments-Responses-Other informal Tips How did you go from beginning to professional? How to improve the 10th fret choke on Foggy Mountain Breakdown, A question on the middle finger not cooperating, What´s the benefit with a radius banjo neck compared with a standard one? Question on using a preamp with a Fishman Banjo Pickup, Right Hand Placement Question, Tips on Playing By The Chords, Putting the Capo on, Trouble with the Index Finger, Take it Easy Tab Question, I have a 500 dollar Banjo, Question on playing in the key of D and playing by ear, Fly Away Index Finger and Building Speed Question, Why isn't the song I want to learn to play on banjo available, Difficulty with the D Chord,m How long should I practice one thing? Question, concerning head tightening, torque wrench, Banjo songs that sound good slower Bending the Picks Question, Should I Practice Rolls?
I have been struggling with right hand accuracy for some time now. I have even emailed you a couple of times for advice, which you graciously offered. Please indulge me one more time as I have determined the root of the problem.Read More
Hi Ross what is the definition of playing a third on a banjo? Looked but couldn’t find the definition, Thanks TedHi Ted,A Third is two notes 1/3 apart; chords are made of 3 notes, each note 1/3 apart which is why they harmonize. Singers most often harmonize using notes 1/3 apart.Read More
Hi Nick! I´m really pleased with your Nick Picks that arrived a few days ago. They improve both tone and speed to my picking. Bye the way, could you tell me what´s the benefit with a radius neck compared with a standard one?Read More
A response I wrote to someone looking for a tab for a popular song. I wanted to explain to help them understand why there are not more popular songs in tab available to students. (popular meaning, main stream songs that are not traditionally bluegrass)Read More
Just a short note to thank you for the workshop over the weekend. The afternoon was one of the best musical investments I have made, and I would recommend it to any banjo player, regardless of level, or singer-songwriter like myself who writes from the banjo. Of particular help to me was the mixing of various rolls and what you refer to as "accent". I am also looking forward to putting to use the Banjo Encyclopedia. Having only had a chance for a quick read so far, it looks like an excellent primer that covRead More