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Banjo for Dummies

Format:  Paperback,

330 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Aug 2007

ISBN-13: 9780470127629

ISBN-10: 0470127627

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A complete guide to the world of the five-string banjo written for both beginners and more experienced players.Packed with over 120 how-to photos and 130 musical examples.94 track CD included - hear and play along with every exercise and song.The only book to offer instruction in clawhammer, bluegrass, melodic, single-string, minstrel and classic styles.

From Earl Scruggs' driving bluegrass picking to the genre-busting jazz fusion of Bela Fleck and the multi-million selling movie soundtrack "O Brother Where Are Thou?," the five-string banjo can be heard just about everywhere in American music these days.

"Banjo For Dummies" is the most complete guide to the five-string banjo ever written. It covers everything you need to get into the banjo: including how to choose, tune and care for your instrument, developing a good playing posture, fretting your first chords and getting comfortable with the left and right hand picking patterns used for clawhammer and bluegrass playing techniques. You'll then add the left hand, spicing up your playing with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and chokes for an authentic five-string banjo sound.

From there, you'll move on the play 19th century minstrel style, early 20th century classic style as well as try your hand at more advanced examples of bluegrass style. An in-depth chapter on bluegrass music explores Scruggs licks and techniques as well as melodic and single-string styles, with song examples. Also included is a banjo buyer's guide, a section on music theory as applied to bluegrass and old-time music, an accessories guide (advice on cases, picks, straps, metronomes, computer aids and much more), information on how to find a good teacher, banjo camp or festival, chord charts, bios of twelve influential players, practice tips and much, much more

"Banjo For Dummies" is accessible and fun to read and it's easy to locate just what you're interested in playing. Included are 20 songs including several new compositions written by the author just for this book, including Reno Rag (single-string style), "Winston's Jig" (Irish three-finger), and "Everyday Breakdown" (Scruggs style). All musical examples are played slowly on the accompanying CD, many with guitar and mandolin accompaniment.

Bill Evans is one of the world's most celebrated banjo players and teachers. He has taught thousands of people to play the five-string banjo in private lessons and group workshops literally all over the world. In addition to leading the Bill Evans String Summit, Bill has performed with Dry Branch Fire Squad, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka and many others and he hosts his own acclaimed banjo camp, the NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat in the Nashville area. As an American music historian, he has taught at San Francisco State University, the University Virginia and Duke University. He has written a popular instructional column for "Banjo Newsletter" magazine for the last fifteen years and hosts three popular instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications. To learn more about Bill, visit his homepage at www.nativeandfine.com.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

Specifications

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Aug 2007
ISBN-13: 9780470127629
ISBN-10: 0470127627
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 330
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.25 x 9.0 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Introduction
The Amazing Five-String Banjo
First Steps: Banjo Basics
Meet Your Banjo
Playing by the Rules: Not Enough Theory to Hurt
Let 's Pick! The Basic Ingredients
Getting Right with the Right Hand
Sliding , Hammering, and Pulling: Adding the Left Hand
Working Up Your First Tunes: Clawhammer and Bluegrass
Playing Styles Past, Present, and Future
Playing Historical Styles: African, Minstrel, and Classic Banjo
Playing Three-Finger Styles: Scruggs, Melodic, and Single String
Buyer 's Guide, Care and Feeding, and More
Finding Your Banjo Bliss: A Buyer's Guide
Getting the Right Stuff: Banjo Gear
Taking Care of Your Baby: String Changing & Basic Maintenance
Networking into Banjo Culture
The Part of Tens
Ten Tips to Make Practicing More Fun
Ten Banjo Players You Need to Hear
Appendixes
Banjo Chords and Notes
About the CD
Wiley Publishing, Inc. End-User License Agreement
Index

Book description

  • A complete guide to the world of the five-string banjo written for both beginners and more experienced players.
  • Packed with over 120 how-to photos and 130 musical examples.
  • 94 track CD included - hear and play along with every exercise and song.
  • The only book to offer instruction in clawhammer, bluegrass, melodic, single-string, minstrel and classic styles.

From Earl Scruggs' driving bluegrass picking to the genre-busting jazz fusion of Bla Fleck and the multi-million selling movie soundtrack O Brother Where Are Thou?, the five-string banjo can be heard just about everywhere in American music these days.

Banjo For Dummies is the most complete guide to the five-string banjo ever written. It covers everything you need to get into the banjo: including how to choose, tune and care for your instrument, developing a good playing posture, fretting your first chords and getting comfortable with the left and right hand picking patterns used for clawhammer and bluegrass playing techniques. You'll then add the left hand, spicing up your playing with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and chokes for an authentic five-string banjo sound.

From there, you'll move on the play 19th century minstrel style, early 20th century classic style as well as try your hand at more advanced examples of bluegrass style. An in-depth chapter on bluegrass music explores Scruggs licks and techniques as well as melodic and single-string styles, with song examples. Also included is a banjo buyer's guide, a section on music theory as applied to bluegrass and old-time music, an accessories guide (advice on cases, picks, straps, metronomes, computer aids and much more), information on how to find a good teacher, banjo camp or festival, chord charts, bios of twelve influential players, practice tips and much, much more!

Banjo For Dummies is accessible and fun to read and it's easy to locate just what you're interested in playing. Included are 20 songs including several new compositions written by the author just for this book, including Reno Rag (single-string style), "Winston's Jig" (Irish three-finger), and "Everyday Breakdown" (Scruggs style). All musical examples are played slowly on the accompanying CD, many with guitar and mandolin accompaniment.

Bill Evans is one of the world's most celebrated banjo players and teachers. He has taught thousands of people to play the five-string banjo in private lessons and group workshops literally all over the world. In addition to leading the Bill Evans String Summit, Bill has performed with Dry Branch Fire Squad, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka and many others and he hosts his own acclaimed banjo camp, the NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat in the Nashville area.

As an American music historian, he has taught at San Francisco State University, the University Virginia and Duke University. He has written a popular instructional column for Banjo Newsletter magazine for the last fifteen years and hosts three popular instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications. To learn more about Bill, visit his homepage at www.nativeandfine.com.

Note:CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Outstanding book for banjo If you're interested in playing banjo and the only thing you ever picked was the color of your cellphone, this book is for you. Starting with "which end is up" to finishing with mastering an instrument, this book and the included cd, makes you feel like a seasoned picker in no time at all. This is one of the rare instruction manuals where the teacher is more interested in developing your skills than displaying his. I more than recommed Banjo for Dummies, if your interested in playing a banjo you gotta get this book. 10/21/2011
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