This free lesson by Geoff Hohwald will introduce you to right hand technique for rhythm playing. In our switching chords lesson, we covered how to play the G, C, and D chords along with Goin’ Down that Road Feeling Bad. In this video, Geoff will show you a picking technique using your thumb to pluck a single string on the down beat and then using your index, middle, and ring fingers to play the rest of the chord on the off beat. We’ll practice this at several speeds before playing along with the rhythm track.
The next step is to start creating a more percussive sound by muting the chord with our left hand. When you feel comfortable with this video, move on to Part 2 to learn how to play a “chop”.
Learn More About Banjo Rhythm
Banjo Rhythm & Backup 101 Package by Geoff Hohwald will teach the beginning banjo player all about major and minor chord shapes and how to use them to play backup. Geoff will provide detailed instruction on right and left hand technique and then demonstrate each example along with a rhythm track. These are the core concepts that will allow you to participate in jams for songs you haven’t rehearsed before. This course contains 2.5 hours of video instruction. Start learning and start jamming with your friends.
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