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Pete Wernick

An Ultra-Easy, No-Fail Introduction to Bluegrass Banjo

60-minute video, includes chords and lyrics on a pdf file
  • Code:DLWERNF21
  • Skill Level:Novice (1)

You can make good banjo music almost immediately with "Dr. Banjo" himself! Pete Wernick has taught thousands of people, young and old, to play three-finger style bluegrass "Scruggs" picking. This super-easy lesson has been time-tested at Pete's many workshops and music camps, and he will have you playing along in the very first minutes.

With only two chords (one "open," the other using just two fingers), Pete gets you started strumming and accompanying ten bluegrass standards. By learning just one more easy chord, you are now able to play along with almost any bluegrass song. You'll learn a sizeable group of favorites by simply strumming and changing chords in the right places. Getting started this way builds results and confidence quickly, and is extremely effective in learning timing, left hand, and "ear" skills -- all necessary for eventually playing in jam sessions.

Next, it's time for the basic banjo rolls that really start sounding like bluegrass picking! With just a four-note pattern, your banjo sparkles as you roll along with the lesson on all of the songs you've learned up to now. You're ready to jam with Pete's guest students Joel Adamson and Marie Steen, who show how strumming and picking work together on Tom Dooley, Take Me Back to Tulsa and Long Journey Home.

Finally, Pete shows more roll patterns: the Foggy Mountain Breakdown roll, the forward roll, and others. He closes with a lead banjo version of When the Saints Go Marching In, using your new rolls. By now, you're well on your way to becoming a real bluegrass picker.


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