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The Picky Fingers Banjo Podcast

May 31, 2023


Enjoy this replay featuring the legendary banjoist Alan Munde! This interview originally aired 6/22/2018 in two parts as episodes 6 & 7.


Alan needs no introduction- he is among the most influential banjo players, composers, and instructors of his generation. After playing with Jimmy...

May 15, 2023

Explore the power of the pentatonic scale- a musical device that you've undoubtedly heard many times, but may not know how to take advantage of in your own composing, improvising, and general playing.


  • What is a pentatonic scale, and how is it constructed?
  • Why is it important, and how is it...

May 1, 2023


Welcome to a Freshly Picked episode featuring a discussion with the incredible bluegrass/jazz/avant garde banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh about his new EP titled "Screams Electric" - and he does just that! The album features Ryan's typically amazing banjo prowess, as well as Doug Belote (drums),...

Apr 18, 2023


This episode features Ben Krakauer, a creative and distinctive banjo player, composer, ethnomusicologist, and educator. Ben is best known for playing with Old School Freight Train (a band that became David Grisman's backup band for a tour!), his two all-original instrumental solo albums,...

Apr 4, 2023


In this episode, we welcome Cameron DeWhitt back to the show! (Listen back to episode #82 for our previous podcaster vs. podcaster episode)


Cameron is a wonderful clawhammer/pitchfork style banjo player, performer, educator, and podcaster. Their podcast "Get Up In the Cool" is among the...