Pat Cloud's

Key To Five-String Banjo


One of the most frequently asked questions by banjo students is, "How do you gain freedom of expression with the banjo outside of basic chords and songs?" The Key is a five-note scale which visually maps out the neck.

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Pat Cloud's

Key To Five-String Banjo


The world of melodic jazz banjo soloing revealed! Applied music theory and over 90 exercises and examples which outline the possibilities and structure of five-string banjo. Written in both tablature and standard notation.

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Online Webcam Lessons With Pat Cloud and Skype

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Everyone would like to play better. Regardless if you are beginner or professional, let me give you positive and practical insights on how you can improve your technique and make your playing experience more enjoyable. Log on and we will get your playing up to speed and discover the intricacies that will make the difference. Let me show you the mind-set of getting the most from your practice sessions. Here's an opportunity to spend your time and money more efficiently. No long term obligations - Pay as you go!


Here are just a few online lesson topics:

  • Introduction To Five String Banjo

  • Effective Practice Techniques

  • How to Use A Metronome

  • Basic Through Advanced Theory For Bluegrass Banjo

  • Basic Through Advanced Theory For Jazz Banjo

  • Fretboard Learning Strategies

  • Chords - Structure and Application

  • Developing Ear To Hand Coordination

  • Beginning Through Advanced Improvisation

  • Chord Arrangements


Lessons are $45 for one hour. 24 hour notice required for cancellation. Same day cancellations will be charged standard rate. Lessons include at least one custom-tailored PDF or sound file sent to you by email. Instruction is usually centered around one or two agreed upon topics but can proceed in any direction the student may desire.


Lessons are conducted in the evening between 6PM - 8PM PST. The lesson begins only after a solid internet connection is made. Any time lost during the session because of bad internet connection problems can be added to the end of the session or credited to another session at a later time. If a session is continually interrupted for more than 15 minutes, then a completely new session can be scheduled at a new time.


Payment is through PayPal which also takes credit cards.

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