Learn to play the banjo the fun way!The first and only play-along method for learning the banjoPlay 25 songs that will teach you the basics of clawhammer banjoEach song has an audio and video recording that helps you learn to playGood for absolute beginners and kidsLog on to kellysmusicbooks.com for more informationAuthor Kelly Weeks is a firm believer that learning to play music should involve playing along with music recordings. Playing with a beat is a student's best method of practice. It teaches the student how to play steady time as well as prepares them for playing with other musicians. Kelly plays both the clawhammer and the three finger style but he has found much greater success teaching the clawhammer style.This is not a comprehensive method for learning the banjo. It is a method to help you learn to play the basic banjo techniques with musical recordingsThe audio play-along tracks can be found at: http://kellysmusicbooks.com/media/Watch the video demo here: http://youtu.be/TD_T2TTTJw4
Start pickin' like a pro with this great guide to bluegrass banjo! Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies is the definitive guide to mastering the most popular banjo-playing skills and techniques. If you've always wanted to strum and pick a five-string, but never knew where to start — or if you'd like to polish your bluegrass licks — this book provides the instruction you'll need to take your playing to a new level. The accompanying online video and audio instruction helps drive home the key points, and makes for a great interactive experience to brush up on your roll patterns, picking, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and a whole lot more! Bluegrass is taking the music scene by storm all over again and permeating other genres, including rock, pop, folk, and country music. With this widespread popularity, and the introduction of bluegrass into university music programs, the time to brush up on these newly-popular, old-school techniques is now. Join such famous acts as Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers, Alan Jackson, and Bela Fleck by adding bluegrass banjo to your repertoire Use online video and audio instruction to truly hone your technique and style Expand your abilities in other genres with techniques that cross over into other styles Get to know roll patterns and start picking, hammering-on, and pulling-off with aplomb For the aspiring bluegrass banjo player, Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies is the definitive resource to picking like a pro!
(Book). This renowned author walks banjo players through masterful techniques to maximize the performance of their instrument. Step-by-step instructions cover: tone chamber fit, tailpiece angle, bridge selection, neck angle and heel fit, head adjustments, air chamber tap-tuning and resonator adjustments, string gauge selection, head selection, and much more. Each chapter provides a detailed background and analysis of the parts to be adjusted and explores the differences between archtop, flattop, tube-and-plate, and one-piece flange banjos. More than 100 photos, illustrations and charts make this technical guide easy to follow. To round out this already unique text, amplifications tips are provided by legendary banjo player extraordinaire Earl Scruggs, considered the father of bluegrass music. 80 pages, 9 x 12
(Banjo). The best-selling banjo method in the world! Earl Scruggs's legendary method has helped thousands of banjo players get their start. The "Revised and Enhanced Edition" features more songs, updated lessons, and many other improvements. It includes everything you need to know to start playing banjo, including: a history of the 5-string banjo, getting acquainted with the banjo, Scruggs tuners, how to read music, chords, how to read tablature, right-hand rolls and left-hand techniques, banjo tunings, exercises in picking, over 40 songs, how to build a banjo, autobiographical notes, and much more! Includes audio of Earl Scruggs playing and explaining over 60 examples!
Easy to play five-string banjo arrangements of twenty-four Children's favorites by banjo master Ross Nickerson. Not only are these songs fun to play but from an instructional standpoint they are perfect for helping you develop the ability to bring out the melody in the bluegrass banjo style. Accenting the melody within the steady rhythmic roll of banjo playing is one of the biggest challenges facing banjo students and these familiar melodies are ideal for your development of that skill. Each song is arranged and performed using proper three-finger bluegrass technique. the arrangements are carefully designed to bring out the melody, but easy enough for a beginner or intermediate player to learn quickly.The tablature in the book is large and easy to read with accent marks for melody notes, as well as right and left-hand fingering indications. This book is not simply a tablature book! Children's Made Easy for Banjo also features instruction on learning the chords to each song, chord progression charts for each song, special learning tips for each arrangement, a full page of advice on memorizing the songs and more. Also, in the instructional section of the book Ross includes a page of suggestions on the best use of practice time and how to develop the skills needed to succeed with each piece. Children's Songs Made Easy for Banjo features a high quality studio recorded CD of all the songs played at three speeds and a bonus track of Ross performing improvised versions of several of the songs in the book.
This book is an anthology of Jack Hatfield's most successful teaching arrangements, jam session favorites, show tunes and original compositions. Although it is not a teaching method per se, there are many arranging concepts and general tips included in the performance notes. There are also a few drills. Sections One and Two are intended to be a supplement for beginner and intermediate students, especially those who have used Mel Bay's First Lessons Banjo. Additional solos are presented for many of the songs in that book. Section Three is basically a lick and repertoire building resource for more advanced players. This entire section with the exception of two arrangements is previously unpublished material. Hallmarks of Jack's teaching style include melody-oriented arrangements, the use of well-known songs for the beginner, teaching tunes essential to the bluegrass banjo player's repertoire, the use of bold-faced melody notes, and an extremely graduated approach which builds on previously learned techniques and licks. the arrangements in this book adhere to these principles. 112 pages, complete with two audio CDs.
Learn from the best. Grandpa Jones was a country music legend and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was very well known and respected for his own style of clawhammer banjo. the instructions are helpful for the beginner, with tips on caring for your banjo to keep it sounding its best. the text covers tunings, chord diagrams, and the right hand rhythm patterns that made Grandpa Jones famous with the 5-string banjo. for the intermediate musician, there are alternate tunings, drop thumb rhythm, and exercises for practicing your new skills. Included are several favorite songs, along with lyrics and chords for your accompanist. the preface of the book, written by Grandpa Jones, along with the collection of personal photographs, makes this an excellent keepsake as well. This is simply a must for your music library.
Everything You Need to Play 5-string Banjo in Every Style
Author: Dick Weissman
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Play the 5-string banjo in virtually every musical situation now! Beginning with fundamentals like choosing the best instrument and tuning, this comprehensive book covers basic to advanced techniques in a variety of styles, from classical and bluegrass to reggae and bossa nova. Banjo virtuoso and educator Dick Weissman leads musicians through every topic with easy-to-understand lessons and a CD that demonstrates each example and tune. Every player, from beginner through intermediate and up to professional, will enjoy exploring styles and expanding their repertoire with Banjo A to Z. All music is presented in standard notation and TAB. Special features: Techniques include the Seeger strum, hammer-ons, pull-offs, clawhammer strums, double thumbing, two- and three-finger picking, forward and backward rolls, bending, rasguado, and tremolo. * Styles include traditional, bluegrass, blues, Dixieland, ragtime, waltz, Irish, flamenco, calypso, reggae, South American, Middle Eastern, minstrel, and classical. * Learn effective ways to tune, use the capo, play melodically, and understand basic music theory.
One of the world's top players addresses nearly every aspect of the popular 5-string banjo style known as clawhammer or frailing. Chapter themes include fundamentals; advanced and experimental techniques; arranging and backup; how to play reels, hornpipes, jigs and other fiddle tunes; how to approach such genres as ragtime, bluegrass, klezmer, blues, calypso, and a wide variety of national and regional music; alternative tunings; setup and accessories; and historical background. Features 120 tunes along with numerous exercises and musical examples in crystal clear tablature; all tunes illustrated by author on two accompanying CDs.