Barton Davies

Barton D.

Nashville, TN
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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Each lesson, we will work on developing a solid, bluegrass foundation, as we approach the basics of the 5-string banjo together.

We will start by learning the correct right hand technique and then focus on the left hand. I will also teach you how to read banjo tablature, so that you can work through the bluegrass songs, rolls, and chord formations that I will provide for you each week.

From there, I will give you some options. We can work through the traditional Earl Scruggs songs, or we can go off-the-beaten path, so to speak. If you like Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers, Trampled By Turtles, or any of these "New-Age" bands that feature banjo, then we can go with a more modern approach to the 5-string!

From the very first lesson, I will make a point to jam with you. I think playing songs WITH me is just as important as playing them FOR me. Being able to jam with other musicians is huge aspect to learning an instrument that often gets overlooked by teachers. It's also WHY we play music in the first place, right?

Playing banjo and making music is my absolute passion in life, and I can't wait to work with you!
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Barton delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 2012

Hello! I am a Nashville native and have been playing 5-string banjo for 7 years now. I am an avid songwriter and formed an Americana-roots band, Boy Named Banjo, back in 2011. We played Bonnaroo in 2015, and have performed at many historic venues like The Bijou Theatre, The Altamont Theatre, Eddie's Attic, and Mercy Lounge, to name a few.

In May of 2016, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Sewanee: The University of the South, where I was an American Studies Major (with a focus on American music) and a Music Minor.

In my 3 years of teaching the banjo, I've always emphasized to my students the importance of jamming with others. I want you to experience the joy of playing music with somebody else as soon as possible - that's what it's all about! While giving you a solid foundation, I will dedicate time during each lesson to doing just that, so YOU can take what I give you and run with it!

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Band Member / Banjo Player / Band Manager
Feb 2011 - Present
Boy Named Banjo

I am a member/founder of the Americana/roots group, Boy Named Banjo. I play banjo, sing, and write songs for the band!


BA - American Studies
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Sewanee: The University of the South
Aug 2006 - May 2012
Montgomery Bell Academy


Nomination for Best Local Band - 2015
Jun 2015
The Tennesseean


Phi Beta Kappa
May 2016

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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Josh B. Nov 7, 2016
Banjo · In home

I sought an instructor who would be interested in what I hoped to learn, melodic beautiful banjo as well as blue grass staples. As a song writer that elicits specific emotions in his music and an accomplished player, Barton fits that bill well. Most important he bring a joy to playing that is infectious, and he is careful to teach technique. I've had a lesson per week since early July and have been thrilled with the progress.

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Tess Oct 27, 2016
Banjo · In studio

Barton is the BEST! He is really patient and extremely good at the banjo and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to learn. Really nice guy and a great teacher

Erin Oct 27, 2016
Banjo · In studio

Barton was very prepared and organized for each lesson. I really enjoyed taking from him while he was still in college at Sewanee. He helped me get started and now I've been playing for several years! I would highly recommend him to anybody learning the banjo for the first time!

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