by Don Van Palta, "The Flying Dutchman"
inducted in the Oklahoma City, OK "Banjo Hall of Fame" as performer and teacher.
Dear Banjo Enthusiast,

You are going to be excited when you find out all about my unique DVD banjo lessons
and the free banjo music CD that will be yours as a bonus.  Back in 1971, when I was the
banjoist with the well known Mickie Finn Show in San Diego I developed a system for
teaching the plectrum banjo with a combination of cassettes and books.                  (The
plectrum banjo is tuned CGBD, in contrast with the tenor banjo which is tuned CGDA.)  
This system was the result of teaching many years of private lessons.  Later I
changed to video, and finally updated to the DVD format.  

Over the years this system has been so successful that over a 1000 students have used it
and consequently I get letters and e-mails from students all over the world telling me how
much they enjoy it, and how much they have benefited from it.  You can read some of
their remarks by clicking the "Comments" button.  If you're a beginner, check out
Program #1.  If you've been playing a while but would like to get a better understanding
of chords, check out Program #2.  If you're interested in improving your right hand
technique, than Program #3 is what you're looking for.  Check out the Solo Books to add
to your repertoire or the Arrangements to beef them up.

You're probably wondering what all this is going to cost.  Get ready for a pleasant
surprise.  If you were to take private lessons from a banjo teacher, that is, if you could
find one, it would take approximately 90 half hour lessons to cover all the material in
these three programs.  At the conservative rate of $25.00 per lesson, that would add up to
$2,250.00!!  To teach you this same information, at your convenience, in the privacy of
your own home, with the ability to back up and repeat at will, the cost to you is just a
fraction of that.  There are three programs, each consisting of one book and 2 DVDs.  
When you order all three programs at the same time you will receive as a bonus one music
CD of your choice, or a Performance DVD.  You can check them out by clicking on the  
"CDs & Videos" button.  It works out that the cost to you of $2,250.00 worth of banjo
lessons comes to less than $125.00!

Sometimes banjo players ask me if they could spend a few days taking advanced lessons
from me.  I'm happy to do that.  Go to "Store" to find out how to contact me.  

Everything I have available for the banjo has a 30 day money-back guarantee!  If you are
not satisfied for any reason your money will be promptly refunded.  Once you are a
student, a very important added benefit is that if for any reason you need some additional
help, you can email me or give a call.  You'll find that information at the "Store".

If you need a new banjo, or would like to upgrade, I highly recommend the Deering or
Ome banjos. Take a look at their websites by going to or to check out all their models and prices.   As a student of mine you
can order either banjo through me at a sizable discount. Click on "Buy A New Banjo"to
learn about both companies and my discount offer.  
Welcome to my plectrum banjo website!  
It's very easy to visit all the pages of this site.  All you have to do is use this
"Home" page as your start-off point.  Press a button on the left of this page for the
information you desire and then return to the "Home"page to visit other pages.
I'm able to offer my students a major price adjustment for my Programs 1, 2 and 3 and for my Solo Book DATA
DVD and my Arrangement Lessons DATA DVD.!  My production costs have decreased a bit so that I am now
able to lower the price of my Programs as follows. For one program the cost is now $45, that includes one booklet
and two DVDs.  When ordering more than one program the cost is $40 each, or $120 for all three Programs.
That's 3 booklets and 6 DVDs.  Also, for only $50 you can now buy all 700+ solos PLUS the 80 arrangements that
I've been using in my performances, on one DATA DVD.
 You will be able to view the individual music on your
computer screen or print it out.  All this music is written on the staff, melody only, with the chord name and finger
diagrams above the staff and the words beneath the staff.  Each one of the 80 arrangements is available on DVD
(some on CD) as a lesson where I teach it to you very slowly a few measures at a time.  When you order your
DATA DVD I will include one free DVD arrangement lesson of your choice!  On "YouTube" you can watch me
play all 80 arrangements.  Just enter: "banjodon1".

I've added the
Moonlight Sonata, by Beethoven to the list of my arrangements.  This arrangement is a
wonderful practice for the tremolo and the duo-banjo technique.  Included with the sheet music is a DATA CD with
over 60 separate tracks on it.  The dialog tracks are separated from the teaching tracks so that, when you're doing
your practicing, and want to repeat something, you don't have to listen to the dialog each time.  As a special
incentive you can buy the DATA DVD with the sheet music to all 80 of my arrangements along with the DATA CD
with all the lesson tracks for the Moonlight Sonata for only $39.00.  That's a big savings for you and a great lesson
tool also.  The postage in the US is $6.00.  Check with me for postage to other countries.