New lesson up at

We just heard from our friend, Lee Kauffman, operator of the BanjoTrain web site, and banjo picker with Lonesome County, here to do some showcase shows during IBMA week.

He wanted to let us know that he has a new lesson available on the site, designed to help banjo players negotiate the oft-imposing key of F.

It’s geared to intermediate or advanced players who would like to learn to playing is a key other than G. The lessons presents several songs usually played in G the take on new life when played in F. Songs include Roll in my Sweet Baby’s Arms, Man of Constant Sorrow, Wreck of the Old 97, and Wildwood Flower.

Lessons at BanjoTrain range from $14.95 to $19.95, with discounts offered for multi-lesson packages. All include tablature, and audio and video examples of the techniques being demonstrated.

Lee also has a page of free banjo instructional resources, including tips on how to buy a banjo, how to read tablature, and some basics of reading chord charts and understanding music theory.

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