You play guitar. You dig old time music, bluegrass, folk and the blues. You love to hangout with your buds and jam. Naturally, you’ve always been drawn to the inimitable sound of the banjo because the music that you love to play and listen to just doesn't sound right without it.
Deep down inside, you’ve always wanted to learn how to play one but there’s too big of a learning curve and you just don’t have not enough time to do it right. Right? Wrong!
You are literally just hours away from playing your first tune on the banjo in either bluegrass or clawhammer style. How is that possible? Because you already have almost all of the requisite skills. No kidding.
You already play guitar which makes learning how to play the banjo a snap. You already understand the concept of tuning strings, fingering notes and chords, picking and strumming. That’s 75% of the work! Cathy Fink will take you the rest of the way. And take you there in a flash.
We’ve wanted to do this course for a long time but we needed the perfect educator to make it happen. There’s no one on the planet better qualified than Cathy to kickstart your banjo chops.
Sure Cathy can play like nobody’s business. Her Grammy-winning pedigree speaks for itself. But Cathy’s educational chops shine just as bright. Her platinum-selling Clawhammer Banjo series here at TrueFire, and the tons of kudos from students, are ample testament to Cathy’s teaching prowess.
Cathy’s Banjo for Guitar Players is NOT a beginners banjo course — its an accelerated learning program designed solely for guitar players with one end in mind — to get you up and running on banjo as quickly as possible. She accomplishes this by skipping over all of the rudimentary material that a flat-out beginner would require.
“While this may be the first time you attempt to learn how to play banjo, this course is NOT a beginner's course. I’ll show you how to take the skills you already have on guitar and transfer them to the banjo — you’ll be playing your first banjo tune way faster than you would ever imagine. You’ll be learning two very popular styles of banjo, bluegrass and clawhammer but you’ll be able to use the skills that you learn in this course in a variety of musical styles spanning bluegrass, blues, folk, old time music and much more.”
Cathy organized the course into 3 sections. In the first section, you’ll dig right in with a banjo primer covering: Old Time & Bluegrass Banjo, Holding The Banjo & G Tuning, Open Chords: G, C, D7, Am & Em, Closed Position Chords, Two Finger Picking and Using A Capo.
In the second section, you’ll learn essential banjo techniques: Bluegrass Style Primer, Alternating Roll & Pinch, Forward Roll & Variation, Backward Roll, Forward/Backward Roll, Mixed Roll, Roll Practice, Three Finger Lick Vocabulary, Intro Licks, Pinch & Slide Lick, The Holding Pattern Lick, Classic Fill Lick, Ending Licks, Playing Backup, Rhythm Chops, Rolls, Clawhammer Right Hand from basics on up.
You’ll put it all to work in the third section where you’ll start building your repertoire. Cathy demonstrates and then breaks down four classic banjo tunes, in both Bluegrass and Clawhammer style: Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark, Shady Grove and Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms.
All the key examples are tabbed and notated, plus you’ll get all the rhythm tracks to work with on your own. Cathy has included rhythm tracks with guitar and vocals, as well as tracks without the vocals so that you can sing along yourself if desired.
Grab that banjo, click now and start the countdown clock… you’ll be playing your first tune in a matter of hours!