Banjo is known for it's signature "twang" sound, most often associated with country or bluegrass music.
» Banjos typically have 5 strings, with the 5th string starting higher up on the the neck of the instrument.
» The Banjo can be played withfingerpicks (picks that attach to the fingers), or with the fingers.
» Since the banjo is a fretted instrument, it's very similar to the guitar. Students with a background in guitar (or any fretted instrument) will be able to pick up banjo very quickly!
MEET THE TEACHER
Wes is a young multi-instrumentalist who has played professionally with many artists and groups. Wes currently plays banjo for the folk duo, The Caged Birds. He has a degree in Music Pedagogy (The Method of Teaching) from Birmingham-Southern College and has been teaching private music lessons for several years.
Since banjos don't come in student sizes (like guitars and violins), a child will have to have long enough arm to be able to hold the instrument. We typically recommend about 8-10 years old, but if will depend on the child.
Talk to us if you're thinking about signing up, but aren't sure if your child is too young! If your child is too small to start out on banjo, we may start them on guitar and transition them to banjo as they grow, since guitar and banjo are very similar.
CAN YOU LEARN THE BANJO AS AN ADULT?
We work with adult students all the time (even complete beginners!) We believe you're never too old to pick up the banjo!
WILL I NEED TO BUY AN INSTRUMENT?
Yes, you'll need to have an instrument at home to practice on in between your lessons. If you don't have a banjo yet, we recommend coming in for your first lesson and your teacher will give you advice on where to buy a banjo and what to look for.
30-minute lessons are our most popular option at NOLA School of Music. They are ideal for beginners and children who don't have enough material (or the attention span) for a longer lesson.
60-minute weekly lessons are great for adults or intermediate/advanced students. An hour lesson gives your teacher plenty of time to focus on technique, sight-reading, improvisation, and other aspects of music without being rushed.
For many students, 45-minute weekly lessons are the perfect sweet spot. Since 45-minute lessons are difficult to schedule, they may only be available during early afternoon hours or late evening.