Learn To Play

Online Bass Lessons with Anne Luna

Photo By Sterling Trantham Anne Luna, bassist for Steve Smith’s Hard Road Trio, grew up in a musical family living in eastern New Mexico.  She said, “There were always instruments out and available to play when I was a kid.  My dad was a multi-instrumentalist in country bands and my mom plays guitar and sings. …

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Happy and Jane Traum circa 1980s

Homespun Heroes

For Over 50 Years, Great Homespun Artists Have Taught Us How to Play Music For many bluegrass musicians who have tried to improve their skills over the last 50 years or so, whether it is professional artists or campground pickers, the Homespun Music Instruction Company has played a part in their journey. There is most…

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Pete teaching class // Photo by Kevin Slick

Making Friends With Music, Making Music With Friends

It’s hard to imagine a bluegrass fan who has never heard of Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick. After all, he’s well known as the banjo player for longtime fan favorites Hot Rize. His 1974 instructional book, Bluegrass Banjo, has sold roughly a quarter-million (!) copies. He was the first president of the International Bluegrass Music Association…

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Ben Clark smiling and playing his banjo

Banjo Ben Clark

Video Instruction for the 21st Century If you are a banjo, mandolin, or guitar player and spend any amount of time on YouTube, you will know about Banjo Ben Clark.  Ben was one of the first instructors to start teaching video lessons via YouTube and he has grown those humble beginnings into a bluegrass instruction…

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