List your Top 3 Lessons!


#1

I am curious what many of you would list as your top lessons… if you don’t have time for 3… one will dodo nicely! :grinning:

Maybe it was a song that just pulled things together for you or something that was a revelation- musically.

I hope that Ben might also appreciate this feedback.

I liked:

1). “Oh Susanna” - my wife’s favorite Banjo Song and a fine arrangement.
https://banjobenclark.com/university/intermediate-banjo-learning-track#
2) Intro to Fretboard Geography with Alan Munde - Enlightening!
https://banjobenclark.com/courses/fretboard-geography-with-alan-munde
3) Tie with Hop, Skip and Jump for pull-off https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/hop-skip-jump-pull-offs-banjo and Waypoints to learn how to play up the neck https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/waypoints-learning-the-banjo-neck-g-chord-banjo-intermediate - because having good structured tunes that entrain while teaching a skill accomplishes so much - working on a repeated skilll in song form PRICELESS


Hop, Skip and a Jump exercise
#2

Like Ben always say’s they are ALL my favourites. Besides it’s more fun practicing them than listing them


#3

Thanks Archie - and you know I feel similarly about the site and being a “Lifer”.

Still, even just for “that song“ that is a fav… or an instructional… maybe some shine a bit brighter - for some.

I appreciate YOUR reply, though. :guitar:


#4

I’m excited to hear folks’ feedback on this!


#5

Fretboard Geography is definitely among my favorites. This latest waypoints lesson is getting up there quickly. I’ve only made it through the first 2 videos so far, but i dig where it’s going.

As far as a song lesson, Oh Come, All Ye Faithful has to be my #1. It’s just flat out fun to play. There’s a run near the end of the song that’s a real bear to get down. Every time I make it through it without screwing it up, I get a little sense of pride. I also like the F chord Ben throws in there. Completely unexpected, but sounds sooooo good.


#6

Tons of great lessons. Love this last one on the waypoints. I’m really enjoying playing along with the various guitar jam tracks Ben makes available. Also really learned a lot from the fretboard geography series. I really like combining the theory with the sounds. Any chance on a lesson (or series) on fretboard geography for blues?
Thanks. Also along the line of theory I really liked what you said, Mark, about going From E to A to D and back to G with E being the fifth of the fifth of the fifth and all those fifths begging to be resolved and your ear becoming satisfied when each new resolution occurs.


#7

Waypoints 1, 2, and 3. I’ve only fiddled around with clawhammer style up to the Waypoints lesson which I am really enjoying. Working on muscle memory for the rolls – takes f o r e v e r. The board geography is pretty easy.


#8

From a complete beginners point of view (3rd week): Several lessons have helped to reveal some bad habits that are already starting to develop. Cheating a bit here by having more then 3 lessons…

(1) Essential Banjo Basics (bad habits beware)
Banjo Boot Camp
Banjo Hand Positions
Pickin’ Your Banjo Picks, Part 2

(2) Theory (Good to know there are standard scale patterns along the neck. Who would’ve thunk?)
Music Theory Part 11- Major Scale Studies
Essential Banjo Theory
Fret board Geography Intro

(3) Basic Exercises
Basic Major Banjo Chords (totally foreign ideas to me, left hand is wondering why I am torchering it)
Banjo Forward Roll Study (Nice to learn a song asap vs just doing exercises)


#9

I have used the Banjo Single Measure Backup a ton while attempting to play banjo in a group setting. I play sometimes with my in laws and will use the things learned in this lesson almost exclusively when I’m not familiar with the song they are playing. So far I think I have them fooled into thinking I’m a much better player than I actually am :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#10

Aside from Banjo study… the revelation of the Circle of Fifths - some 35 years ago in High School Music Theory was a musical breakthrough!


#11

There you have it Ben… as the small sample size suggests… Waypoints seems a big hit!

I am sure there are many gems waiting along the path.

My issue is taking the time to go through all the material in order. On the MUSIC Theory side… I feel pretty comfortable - but on the Banjo Application side, I cannot take any lesson for granted and WILL give them all some study… one of these days.


#12

Two leap to my mind immediately from the mandolin side.

Nine Pound Hammer was the first of the build-a-break lessons that I ever viewed. Seems obvious now, to strip a melody down to the bare essentials before building it back up, but it was quite the revelation for me. It was a black art beyond my abilities, but now it all makes sense and I apply the lessons to lots of other tunes.

The second was that beautiful guitar/mando duet ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing’. Learned a bunch about mando backup when the guitar took over. And since I was a guitar player long before I picked up the mandolin, I went ahead and learned both parts. Still the only guitar lesson I’ve done here. I keep meaning to do others but I always seem to find yet another on the mandolin I want to learn first.


#13

Wow, that’s great feedback @Jim_G1!


#14

Since we’re already off banjo topic, I’ll throw in There is a Fountain fingerstyle guitar. I absolutely love that hymn anyway and Ben’s version is beautiful. It took me a while to master it but I had to learn that one.


#15

I want to bring this topic back to banjo and still owes the question about listing your top lessons. Maybe it was a favorite song, or Technical video, or a lesson plan of several videos.

Whatever the lesson may have been, please respond so Ben gets more feedback on those really influential lessons