How to Read Banjo Tablature

This free video lesson by Geoff Hohwald will teach you the basics of reading tab for bluegrass banjo. Tablature is the most common way of notating banjo music and Geoff will walk you through the essentials of understanding it one measure at a time.

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Here is the complete banjo tab for this lesson:

alternating thumb roll tablature

 

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banjo lessonThe Beginning Banjo Package by Geoff Hohwald features six downloadable lessons that will teach you how to play the banjo in the Scruggs three finger style. Starting with the basics, we'll cover tuning, setup, finger picks, right and left hand technique, and basic rolls. We'll then move on to learning beginner chords in open and up the neck positions. Next, we'll use those chords to play the bluegrass songs Tom Dooley and Banks of the Ohio and practice them along with rhythm tracks. The Forward Roll Sessions are designed to dramatically improve your right hand speed and accuracy. Practicing along with rhythm tracks that gradually increase in speed will allow you to seamlessly progress towards playing at a performance tempo. The included lessons are Beginning Banjo 1, 2, and 3, and the Forward Roll Sessions 1-3. Each lesson includes a Quicktime video and a .pdf of the tabs. This package contains 116 minutes of video instruction.

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