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which combines rhythm and melody. In this course you’ll learn all the fundamental techniques of this style enabling you to play standards of the old-time repertoire and beyond. It is designed for beginners with little or no background in music reading or the banjo. The course includes several traditional banjo tunings as well as the basic chords in each tuning. You’ll learn the basic "frailing" strum and techniques to improve the sound of your playing - Slides, Hammer and Pull-offs while playing many fun traditional instrumentals. The lessons will also include some basic musical concepts including learning to make use of tablature, chord diagrams and other fundamental musical tools.

 This is NOT a bluegrass banjo course.

No Music Reading Is needed to take this course.


With its roots in the Appalachian Mountains,  this beginning course centers around the older traditional banjo styles. The first segment deals with singing with the banjo with the Kentucky two finger style of playing and then moves into Frailing or Clawhammer

 Kentucky folk Musician Jean Ritchie introduced it to the urban folk scene in the 1940's where it captured a whole new audience. In this fun course you’ll be introduced to a number of playing styles, from traditional noter playing to more contemporary chord style playing. You will learn several different traditional tunings, the “basic strum” and variations and how to read Dulcimer Tablature. Also taught are basic left hand fingering positions and many more advanced left hand techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides. You’ll learn many of the traditional songs that have been played on the mountain dulcimer for generations: Ground Hog,Shady Grove, Old Joe Clarke and many more.

                          No Music Reading Is needed to take this course.


The mountain dulcimer (also called the Appalachian or lap dulcimer) is a unique and versatile instrument. Used since pioneer times to play a body of traditional music including dance tunes , ballads and hymns this instrument remained in relative obscurity until

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