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Banjo Courses
 
Whether you're just starting out or have been playing banjo for years, Peghead Nation has courses to help you develop your playing and tune repertoire. From beginning to advanced banjo lessons with some of the finest players and instructors in roots music, you can delve into bluegrass, old-time, clawhammer, Scruggs-style, melodic, and other styles, building your repertoire of tunes and filling out your toolbox of techniques as you go. See introduction videos of all of our banjo courses below, and check out free sample lessons as well. Enjoy!
 
Available Banjo Courses
 
with Bill Evans
 
Beginner / Intermediate
• 35 Lessons
• 30 Tunes
 
The driving sound of the banjo is at the heart of many styles of roots music. Get started with basic chords, strums, and fingerings, along with simple bluegrass rolls, accompaniment patterns, clawhammer style, and more.
 
 
with Bill Evans
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 79 Lessons
• 65 Tunes
 
Learn to make your banjo drive the band or play sweet melodies, with solos to well-known songs and tunes, backup techniques, and more.
 
 
with Evie Ladin
 
Beginner / Intermediate
• 76 Lessons
• 61 Tunes
 
Learn old-time clawhammer banjo from the beginning, with basic clawhammer technique exercises and lots of great old-time and traditional songs to play.
 
 
with Bruce Molsky
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 12 Lessons
• 11 Tunes
 

Learn the tunes and techniques of one of the legends of old-time clawhammer banjo, Wade Ward, taught by one of the icons of contemporary old-time music.

 
 
with Danny Barnes
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 20 Lessons
• 9 Tunes
 
Roots music iconoclast Danny Barnes reveals his systematic approach to the banjo, with one-of-a-kind insights on improvisation, reading music, getting a good sound out of the banjo, rhythm and timing, and more.
 
 
with Wes Corbett
 
Intermediate / Advanced
• 19 Lessons
• 11 Tunes
 
Learn the style of contemporary three-finger banjo used by Béla Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Ron Block, and others. With lessons on single-string and melodic style, fingerboard theory, improvisation, and more. For intermediate to advanced players.
 
 
 
Banjo Performances
 
 
 
The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs an original song live in the Martin Museum, on a 1942 Martin D-45.
 
 
 
The songwriter plays his original song, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Music chart.
 
 
 
The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs her Grammy-nominated song live in the Martin Museum, on a 1942 Martin D-45.
 
 
 
The guitarist for the pop/rock/soul band The New Respects plays a solo version of an original song live at Martin HQ.
 
 
 
The dobro master and fingerstyle powerhouse play Tommy’s original tune in the Ear Trumpet Labs workshop.
 
 
 
The master songwriter plays an unreleased song live at Soundcheck in Nashville.
 
 
 
The Americana trio plays an original song in the LR Baggs studio.
 
 
 
The Americana powerhouse plays an original song in the Ear Trumpet Labs yurt at the Grey Fox Festival.
 
 
 
The bluegrass masters visit Raw Talent, the Improv Song Series where we give artists made-up song titles, ask them to write a song on the spot.
 
 
 
Hiroya Tsukamoto plays “Another Great Day To Be Alive” on the Martin OM-45GE Golden Era Brazilian (2003) at Elderly Instruments.
 
 
 
LR Baggs presents Canadian songwriter, singer, and banjo player Kaia Kater playing a song from her recent album, “Nine Pin.”
 
 
 
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter performs "Good to Be a Man" at the Deering Banjo factory.
 
 
 
LR Baggs presents American Aquarium playing their song "Man I'm Supposed to Be" live in Nashville.
 
 
 
LR Baggs presents the progressive acoustic band ChessBoxer playing the tune "Calon Lan" live in Nashville.
 
 
 
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gayle Skidmore dropped into the Deering Banjo factory to play her song "The Impossible Sum."
 
 
 
LR Baggs presents Albatross performing "Hope You Find What You're Looking For" live in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
 
 
Banjo Demos
 
 
 
Peghead Nation instructor Steve Baughman demonstrates his fretless gourd banjo.
 
 
 
Danny Barnes demonstrates his signature model banjo.
 
 
 
San Francisco multi-instrumentalist Rik Elswit demonstrates his 11-inch open-back Huss and Dalton banjo.
 
 
 
Peghead Nation banjo instructor Bill Evans on everything you need to know to get started with the banjo.
 
 
 
Multi-instrumentalist Gene Parsons demonstrates his go-to banjo.
 
 
 
Bill Evans demonstrates a Greg Rich–built Gibson RB-5 reissue owned by the late Ralph Stanley.
 
 
 
Bill Evans demonstrates his Kel Kroydon banjo, modeled after his 1930 Gibson Granada.
 
 
 
Bill Evans shows and explains the differences between two common tone ring designs.
 
 
 
Bill Evans demos Deering’s affordable, high-quality five-string banjo.
 
 
 
Bill Evans demos his Czech-made five-string banjo, which offers modern features and a contemporary sound.
 
 
 
Two excellent reproductions of Sonny Osborne’s prewar Gibson flathead banjos.
 
 
 
Peghead Nation instructor and sideman extraordinaire demonstrates the instruments he uses onstage with Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band.
 
 
 
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A great mandolin duet of Sarah Jarosz’s original tune, recorded live at the Marshall Mandolin Summit.
 
 
 
 
 
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