Whether or not you live in West Virginia or West LA, the Easy Banjo Solo Favorites songbook contains a bulk of classic banjo favorites for the early banjoist or ongoing hobbyist. Standards like "Amazing Grace" and "Duelin' Banjos" make up this list of nearly 40 pop, rock and folk favorites all arranged for the banjo!
Songs: Amazing Grace, Bad Moon Rising, Ballad of Jed Clampett, Blackberry Blossom, Blowin' In The Wind, The Boxer, Cat's In The Cradle, City of New Orleans, Cold Hearted, Cripple Creek, Danny's Song, Don't Think Twice It's All Right, Down In The Willow Garden, Duelin' Banjos, Fire on the Mountain, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Follow Me, Garden Song, Grandfather's Clock, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, I Can't Help But Wonder, I'll fly Away, Jamaica Farewell, The Last Thing On My MInd, Leaving On A Jet Plane, Lookin' Out My Back Door, The Marvelous Toy, Mountain Dew, My Ramblin' Boy, Puff The Magic Dragon, Scarborough Fair/Canticle, Shady Grove, Take Me Home Country Roads, Teach Your Children, This Land Is Your Land, Wildwood Flower, and Will The Circle Be Unbroken.
The banjo shares many of the same sonic qualities as a harpsichord, so although it's so closely associated with more homespun genres, the instrument actually lends itself very well to classical music! The pieces in Bach for Banjo are in tablature only with chord symbols, arranged at the beginning to intermediate level for five-string banjo players. As in classical guitar arrangements, the melody and harmony are combined. Most pieces are on facing pages with no page turns required, and beginners can pick through the selections at a slow pace. The book features just the best-known parts of 20 beloved Bach pieces: Air on the G String , Arioso, Minuet in G, Sheep May Safely Graze, Sleepers Awake, and more.
This book presents an extremely comprehensive collection of 5-string and plectrum banjo chord forms for G and C tunings. Every chord is shown in root position in standard notation. A general review of hand positions, general technique, bridge adjustments, strings. Illustrated with pencil drawings, diagrams and photographs.
Page Count 128
Well-known composer, performer, bluegrass and five-string banjo specialist Janet Davis has arranged this fantastic book of Christmas songs for five-string banjo. Selections include material for various levels of ability and offer wide variety of songs for the holiday season. Tablature only with lyrics for each song. The companion CD is included. This is a stereo recording which contains all the music in the book, played slow and up-to-speed. The fast version includes guitar accompaniment.
Written by Janet Davis
Page Count 96 and Includes a CD!
Written by Dan Levenson, an experienced teacher and performer, this book is ideal for all who are interested in learning to play banjo in the clawhammer style. The book explains the basics of reading tablature, right hand technique, and other elements unique to this style of playing.
The set includes a CD and 40-page book with such favorites as Little Brown Jug, Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark, Shady Grove, Mountain Dew, and others.
Page Count 4
Written by Tony Trischka, one of the leading authorities in banjo education, The Complete 5-String Bluegrass Banjo Player sets the standard for bluegrass banjo instruction from beginning to advanced. From holding the banjo and reading tablature to melodic banjo style and standard bluegrass repertoire, this book is the definitive guide to learning authentic bluegrass technique.
Written by Tony Trischka
Written by Bill Evans, The Complete Guide to Playing the Banjo uses clear pictures and illustrations for every step! Includes a pull-out chart showing chords and parts of the banjo. The 44-track CD includes all exercises plus demo and accompaniment tracks for all songs.
Page Count 40 and it Includes a CD!
Alan Munde is one of bluegrass music's most renowned banjo performers and educators. He draws on all his performing and teaching experience to present the most direct and understandable approach to the learning of the bluegrass banjo style.
Banjo For Dummies is the latest book in the Dummies series. It will cover the basics on playing, from picking and strumming techniques to various banjo playing styles (from classic banjo technique to jazz theory). It will include finger patterns, chord positions, chord scales, single string technique, claw hammer picking and strumming, fingerboard charts, and more. Banjo playing is vibrant and evolving, and Banjo For Dummies discusses not only traditional banjo play but the latest style innovations. No other book offers such an accessible "point of entry″ for the new banjo fan and offers instruction on the various playing styles.
Written by Bill Evans
Page Count 360
Written by Ross Nickerson
Page Count 32 and includes a CD!
First Lessons on Banjo is an ultra easy instruction manual by Jack Hatfield for beginning 5-string banjo played in the 3-finger style in G tuning. It can be used by those with no previous experience with the banjo or music of any sort. A great starter!
Includes suggestions about developing the proper mental approach and speed reading of tablature. These suggestions are not found in any other banjo instruction book. The 'finale' arrangement is Cripple Creek, a popular banjo standard. Once mastered, the novice will feel a great sense of accomplishment. The CD/DVD includes all enclosed tabbed examples, with the rhythm instruments and lead banjo in separate channels. The songs are played at three tempos, increasing in speed. The final tempo is performing speed with guitar, mandolin, and bass accompaniment. The up- tempo accompanied versions are grouped at the end of the recording so the final tracks can be used as a listening recording. This also allows the student to play along with all the arrangements in sequence without skipping around the recording.
Page Count 32 Plus CD & DVD 60:00 minutes
This book on CD shows you banjo techniques for the guitar player using a 6-string banjo tuned like a guitar. It opens the doors to the world of banjo through the fingers and eyes of a guitarist. The first book of it's kind written by a great guitarist for guitar players! This is a green project with the book in PDF form on the CDs.
Written by Steve Kaufman
PDF Page Count 124 on 2 CDs
This 48 page book presents the official banjo transcription for 8 of Mean Mary's most popular songs. These are all original songs transcribed accurately by Mean Mary and her brother Frank James. In addition to the banjo tablature, the book includes tips for each song, guitar chords, lyrics, and guitar tablature for three featured guitar/banjo duets.
A sixty minute DVD showing both live performance versions of each song and slow instructional versions is also included. Songs: Good Time Gal * I've Been Down * The Sparrow and the Hawk * Sugar Creek Mountain * Memphis Moon * Dance of the Thistledown * Joy * Sparrow Alone.
2 play along CD's are included.
Written by Alan Munde.
Page Count 112 and It comes with Two CDs!
This book/CD set presents six complete songs and 19 licks and patterns (in both standard and open G-tuning) in the styles of banjoists Earl Scruggs and Allen Shelton, and guitarists Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Written in standard notation and tablature, with fingerings, chord diagrams, and performance notes. The companion CD includes performances of all the songs, and the licks and patterns are demonstrated both slowly and up to tempo. For intermediate to advanced level guitarists.
This book/CD set presents 6 complete songs and 19 licks and patterns (in both standard and open G-tuning). Includes the styles of banjoists Earl Scruggs and Allen Shelton, and guitarists Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Written in standard notation and tablature, with fingerings, chord diagrams, and performance notes. The companion CD includes performances of all the songs. The licks and patterns are demonstrated both slowly and up to tempo. For intermediate to advanced level guitarists and 6-string banjoists alike!
Page Count 48
Includes a CD!
This chart fills a gap in understanding and applying banjo licks for all level players. It builds on the knowledge base of 5-string banjo students with an easy to follow layout by pattern type and technique. . . AND, is fun and easy to use!
The picking patterns are grouped by type, use, and by chord for on the spot improvising, arranging, and for substituting in a song you already know to make it "yours!"
• Extra large chord diagrams and photos for easy learning
• Chords are taught beginning with the most essential to more advanced
• Chords are presented with exercises that build upon each other
• Great for banjo beginners of all ages
Page Count 23
Page Count 248 and Includes a CD!
This book is for beginning and early intermediate banjo players. No prior playing experience or note reading ability is required. Emphasis is on compact banjo standards that are easy and fun to play. While writing the arrangements, the author has considered the small hands of children.
Every song in the book is included on the companion CD. The tunes are recorded at a moderate speed and include count-off notes and rhythm guitar accompaniment.
Written by Larry McCabe
Page Count 32 and Includes a CD!
First Lessons Tenor Banjo – The great sound of tenor banjo is a cornerstone of Dixieland and traditional jazz. Using classic favorites, Joe Carr teaches the basics of accompaniment, basic melody and the popular chord melody style. Chords and melody are combined to produce professional sounding solo arrangements. This book/CD-DVD combo includes play-along practice tracks that speed up the learning process. DVD Duration 47 min. Page Count 32
This beginner's text for the four-string tenor banjo shows tuning, basic chords, and songs to sing and strum. This title is available as a book alone or as a set with its companion play-along CD. Written in standard tenor banjo tuning (CGDA) in standard notation only with chord symbols and lyrics.
Page Count 40, and Includes a CD!
The finest tenor banjo method available. Easy to understand and thorough in its approach, this method addresses both melody playing and chord strumming. Through numerous studies, folk songs and several duets, students are systematically introduced to the various notes and positions on the tenor banjo fretboard.
Page Count 104
Mel Bay Publications has a number of new books that will be of interest to students of bluegrass music. All are written by noted bluegrass instructors (Janet Davis, Joe Carr and Steve Kaufman), and are available for download purchase as ebooks.
From Janet Davis comes School of Banjo: Bluegrass Melodic Style, a book and 2 CD set designed to take a novice in this more scalar, fiddle tune-like style from the rudiments through to more complex songs and arrangements.
All songs, exercises and examples are shown in both tab and standard notation. The book runs 92 pages, and a number of samples can be viewed on the Mel Bay web site
A collection of over 225 great bluegrass, old time, country and gospel standards. Melodies are presented with standard notation and tablature along with lyrics and chords. Learn to play songs written and recorded by the giants of traditional American music: Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, The Osborne Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Doc Watson and many more. Also included: step-by-step instruction on how to transpose any song to any key!
Page Count 304, Plus it Includes a CD!
This book/CD pack can be used by students who want to teach themselves or by teachers for private or group instruction. Simply follow the tips and lessons in the book as you listen to the CD. You'll learn all the basics: songs, chords, and melodies; pinching, rolling, and picking; playing tips and techniques; music notation; and much more.