Starting Bluegrass Banjo

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From learning how to hold the banjo to playing complete bluegrass songs, this easy-to-understand method will turn you into a 5-string banjo player no time. You'll learn how to read banjo tablature, all the basic banjo rolls, chords, authentic bluegrass techniques, banjo tuning and maintenance, and more! This book also has an audio CD with demonstration tracks of the essential bluegrass songs including: Cripple Creek * John Hardy * Nine Pound Hammer * Red River Valley * and others. With detailed photographs and ...

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Overview

From learning how to hold the banjo to playing complete bluegrass songs, this easy-to-understand method will turn you into a 5-string banjo player no time. You'll learn how to read banjo tablature, all the basic banjo rolls, chords, authentic bluegrass techniques, banjo tuning and maintenance, and more! This book also has an audio CD with demonstration tracks of the essential bluegrass songs including: Cripple Creek * John Hardy * Nine Pound Hammer * Red River Valley * and others. With detailed photographs and simple instructions, this is the 5-string banjo method for getting results fast!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825603525
  • Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Pages: 48

Table of Contents


CD Track List     4
Acknowledgments     5
Foreword     6
Getting Started     7
How to Use This Book     8
Banjo Parts     9
How to Hold the Banjo     10
Picks     11
Wearing Fingerpicks     11
Thumbpicks     11
Right- and Left-Hand Positioning     12
Right Hand     12
Left Hand     13
Tuning the Banjo     14
Picking the Strings     15
Introduction to Tablature     16
Time Signature     16
Left-Hand Fingering     17
Notes and Rests     17
Eighth Notes and Count     17
Slide     17
Hammer-On     17
Push-Off or Pull-Off     17
The Banjo Roll     18
Basic Rolls     18
Other Right-Hand Techniques     20
Pinch or Pluck     20
Refining Your Technique     21
Incorporating Left-Hand Techniques and Chords     22
Adding Chords to the Roll     22
The D7 Chord     22
The C Chord     23
Slide, Hammer-On, Pull-Off, andPush-Off     24
The Slide     24
The Hammer-On     25
The Push-Off     26
The Pull-Off     27
Playing Songs     28
Cripple Creek     29
She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain     30
Hot Corn, Cold Corn     31
Old Joe Clark     32
Bill Cheatham     33
Red River Valley     34
Nine Pound Hammer     35
John Hardy     36
Chords     37
Chord Diagrams     37
Banjo Maintenance     42
The Head     42
The Bridge     43
Strings     44
How to Change Your Strings     44
Bluegrass Resources     45
Listening Suggestions     45
Recordings     45
Banjo Humor     46
About the author     47
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