Beginner Banjo Lessons

Learn how to play the banjo with this video series by Geoff Hohwald. You will learn core concepts like tuning, rolls, reading tab, playing chords, and more. Browse through the free lessons to learn some essential techniques to get you started. When you’re ready, move on to our premium lessons for more detailed instruction and to begin learning new songs.

Featured Free Lesson

Switching Chords by Geoff Hohwald is designed for players who want to begin playing rhythm. When playing banjo in a jam session or band, you will be mostly playing chords while the other musicians are singing or playing their solos. In this lesson, you will learn how to play two basic chord shapes. Geoff will show you tips for forming each chord shape and switching between them smoothly and accurately. Once you get the hang of things, we’ll practice playing the G, C, and D chords along with a rhythm track of Goin’ Down that Road Feeling Bad.


Free Beginner Lessons

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Beginner Banjo Set


Gold Tone CC-50 Banjo & Starter Pack
$479.00 $359.95

Get a great banjo and learn how to play it with one complete package! The Gold Tone CC-50 is durable and affordable banjo that’s great for beginners or as a travel instrument.  Our starter pack also includes a gig bag, the Beginning Banjo Warm-Up Series (Book/DVD/CD), the Banjo Primer Deluxe Edition (Book/ DVD/CD), three banjo picks, and a Snark Tuner.

Click here to watch a product video for this great instrument and read Geoff’s thoughts on it.