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  1. Harke
    December 7th, 2012 @ 3:57 am


  2. Glenn
    December 24th, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    My fingers are hurting, my fingers feel too think or not strong enough to hold the fine tune of certain strings, but it is my second time attempting. My father played the 5 string for ever. I rarely tried when he was alive, I just listened to him play! Thanks for providing the beginnings for me!

  3. Elton Bass
    January 4th, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    Very good and informative. I used to play 5 string a long time ago. I am trying to get back into it, and find I have forgotten a bunch. This has really helped to bring back chords and chord progression, and the boom chick lessons are fantastic. Thanks a bunch.

  4. Finn Posner
    January 16th, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Great job. I’ve been playing about 6 months and just started trying to move my songs up the neck. I’m also just starting to “vamp” as you’re doing at the end of your lesson. Thanks much and keep them coming!!!

  5. English Jim
    February 22nd, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    Been looking for this ,bought loads of books but they suddenly throw you into the deep end.

  6. Mike
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    Thanks for such great information! Now to go practice.

  7. ed
    July 14th, 2014 @ 8:10 am

    fantastic lesson could use more hints and learning

  8. Luke
    October 31st, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Great! I’ve been wanting to learn how to play banjo, and these lessons are helping me out tons. Thank you!

  9. Roger Paine
    July 25th, 2015 @ 6:10 pm

    Why does the d chord use f sharp when f is the 3rd note in d major?

    • paul
      November 11th, 2015 @ 9:01 am

      Roger, F# is the 3rd note in the scale of D Major, F would be the 3rd note in D minor.

      D Major = D E F# G A B C# D

      Hope that helps

  10. dave woode
    December 20th, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

    Hi, love the vamping lesson! could you tell me the finger picking noodleing at the end?

  11. Ben
    February 14th, 2016 @ 1:39 pm

    This does not help with picking down the neck

  12. Jen
    July 4th, 2016 @ 11:24 am

    Thanks so much for this! When I get to the bump – chick part, my 5th string is ringing as I play. Should I be muting that in some way? Thanks so much for your help in this! What a great lessons!

  13. Jim
    July 23rd, 2016 @ 9:25 pm

    I’ve played guitar since mid 60s, 2 finger picking. I’ve played banjo since early 70s. I learned not knowing about 3 finger rolls. So I’ve learned 2 finger banjo picking. I don’t understand tablature or written music. I just played by ear. I keep trying to add the 3rd finger to play bluegrass the correct way but I’m having a difficult time incorporating the 3rd finger. Any ideas that would help me?

  14. Andrew
    January 9th, 2017 @ 9:50 am

    So well written and easy to understand that the penny is beginning to drop! Thank you Russ for such an excellent and helpful lesson I now am, finally, starting to understand the fret board. :)