The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Teaching Video – Banjo

Listen to or download Steve’s original banjo version of the song.
Listen to or download Steve’s version of the song with Ryan Harlin.

Watch Steve’s original banjo version video of the song.
Watch Steve’s video of the song with Ryan Harlin.

Play this on the jukebox and listen to a lot of other versions too.
You can also download all the different musical versions, in the order they went up.

Check Steve’s website for more info.

Credits: Steve Baughman – banjo

From Janis: Steve was a very early and very proactive supporter of this project. Among others, he brought in Casey Driessen and Rev. Heng Sure, who in turn gave us a Mandarin Chinese version and a Chinese Sign Language version. Steve’s spirit really runs through this project, so when a few people emailed to say “Couldn’t there be a banjo ‘lesson’ for this song?” it was natural that I ask him for yet another favor. 

This is possibly my favorite “teaching video” ever, because he makes it fun, accessible, and above all, not scary. In his own words, “Steve Baughman takes the gourd banjo seriously. He has recorded an album entirely of gourd banjo solos. In this piece he demonstrates how complete the instrument can be all by its lonesome.” 

You can read more about his gourd banjo, along with other musings and his own projects, by visiting his site above.

(Janis Ian)

Better times, better times will come.
Better times, better times will come.
When this world learns to live as one,
oh, better times will come

When we greet each dawn without fear
knowing loved ones soon will be near
When the winds of war
cannot blow any more
Oh, better times will come


Though we live each day as our last
we know someday soon it will pass
We will dance, we will sing
in that never-ending spring
Oh, better times will come


Better Times Will Come by Janis Ian - Banjo Teaching Video by Steve Baughman