The perfect lesson DVD for someone who has never played a musical instrument. Barry Hunn takes on an easy and comfortable tour of the banjo and teaches the easiest way to play a banjo. In fact, many people have learned to play several songs in a matter of minutes with this magical DVD.
Songs taught: You are My Sunshine, Tom Dooley, and This Land is Your Land.
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.
With the inclusion of the previously unreleased cover of the Curtis Mayfield hit "People Get Ready,″ this latest Kruger CD is an enticing compilation of songs from previous Kruger Brother's recordings.
12 fast-paced, bluegrass style tunes by the accomplished Gibson Brothers.
Comprising of twelve songs, seven of which are Gibson Brothers originals. Four songs are contemporary originals, and one is a cover of a Jim and Jesse McReynolds classic. The Brothers' core touring band with guest vocals by Ricky Skaggs, Claire Lynch, and Alison Brown on vocal harmony and banjo. The recording, produced by Eric and Leigh is of the highest quality. All-in-all, this CD is first class bluegrass music in every way.
With his easy to follow, good humored manner, David Holt can get anyone started on the 5-string banjo. Here he teaches the parts of the banjo, how to hold it, how to get it in tune, and the simple chords, strums, and basic picking beginners will need to play their favorite traditional songs.
David teaches primarily frailing or clawhammer style thumb & strumming. He also introduces finger-picking which helps the novice to find the right path for their own natural playing style.
For those who believe that the banjo is an instrument for bluegrass and bluegrass alone, think again. Harvey Reid's The Artistry of the 6-String Banjo concentrates on the rare six-string banjo, recording an eclectic collection of blues, ragtime, and even classical music. Scott Joplin's overly familiar "The Entertainer" is given a fresh reworking by Reid's bright banjo playing, while Bach's "Minuet in G" is delivered with a light and delicate air. He has said that good instrumentalists make their complicated fingerpicking seem easy, and he accomplishes just that. Several of these pieces come from earlier albums on which he used the six-string banjo, including the pirate-tinged "Pieces of Eight" and an old-time version of "The Cuckoo." The rocking — yes rocking — "Six-Shooter Stomp" has potentially created a new genre of boogie-woogie banjo, and one shouldn't miss the flamenco flavored "Andelusia Revisited." While Reid doesn't play guitar on this album, fans of his guitar work will enjoy flatpicker Dan Crary's guest spot on "Bill Baily." There's also one more bonus for banjo lovers: in case six-strings weren't enough, Reid has recorded two instrumentals, "The Gaoler's Jig" and "Sitting on Top of the World," using the 12-string banjo. Nearly half of these instrumentals were written by Reid, and they fit snugly beside the traditional material. One thing that makes him such a fascinating artist is his willingness to build an entire album around a theme, or in this instance, an instrument. The Artistry of the 6-String Banjo should fascinate banjo players and offer something bright and shiny to Reid fans. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi
This classical piece composed by Jens Kruger tells the story of his journey from his home in Switzerland and across the waters to the North Carolina shore. The Kruger Brothers perform the piece with a quartet of classical string players. Showing that the banjo is more than capable of holding its own in a classical setting,this composition inspires the "pilgrim" in all of us.
"This CD came about because of all the requests from you, our fans, to release our Holiday Concert onto CD. It has been a labor of love, several years in the making. We're proud to offer you our complete Holiday Concert, from beginning to end, with two bonus tracks, arranged by Geogre Grove. Christmas is a special time of year, and we love to celebrate it by performing our holiday concerts around the country. This CD includes our regular show, peppered with the classic Kingston Trio holiday and Christmas music. We hope you like it as much as we enjoy performing it." ~ From The Kingston Trio
Mark Johnson and Emory Lester have long been revered as roots music "super pickers" with their own takes on traditional fiddle tunes, British Isle ballads and original compositions. Johnson, one of the finest banjo stylists in the world (Clawgrass™ Banjo), and Lester, an Internationally known mandolin master and guitar great, have combined their talents to perform as a duet.Together they deliver powerful performances that will excite any audience, touch every listener, create a memorable experience and just plain "blow your socks off"
Acoustic Vision, completes the "trilogy" of earlier critically acclaimed albums, Acoustic Campaign and Acoustic Rising. Their current album, Acoustic Vision, is released by Bangtown Records.
Renaissance man Steve Martin returns to his musical passion - bluegrass - with a new album of all original songs, backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers. Rare Bird Alert is the follow up to 2009's GRAMMY® Award-winning The Crow. Special guests, Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks lend their vocal talents.
With 13 original tunes, this CD with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell has them joining forces to present tales of today and times gone by.
Edie's deep, rich voice and talent for story-telling match Steve's flowing melodies. Add the incomparable talent of the Steep Canyon Rangers and you have a CD that is bound to become your new favorite.
Proving why he is called the "Duke of Drive," Terry Baucom flies through the 12 tracks included on this CD. With guest appearances by Jamie Daley, Ronnie Bowman, Russell Moore, Don Rigsby, Doyle Lawson, Cindy Baucom, Adam Steffey, and other bluegrass greats, you will learn why you can't sit still when hearing bluegrass played as it was meant to be!
This is a one hour and 50 minute musical journey with the world famous banjoist, Jens Kruger, Uwe Kruger on guitar, and Joel Landsberg on bass.
Using many original compositions, this video lesson with Jens is good for advanced and intermediate players but beginners will also find it helpful and inspiring. He gives tips on how to sustain the notes longer, play with greater tone, increase your picking speed, and incorporate dynamics and tempo changes. Songs include Wind in the Wheat, Shower, Waterfall, Sarah, and Mystical, among others.
Virtuoso banjo player, Jens Kruger, shares 90 minutes of fantastic banjo playing tips with you on this DVD. Jens' new approach is based on playing melody line surrounded by open drone notes. You only have to play one string at a time, finding the tune by ear as you slide up and down the fingerboard. You will learn such melodies as Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Aunt Rhody, My Grandfather's Clock, Wildwood Flower, Old Folks at Home, Shady Grove, and other favorites.
Licks, Ideas, and Music: John Hartford changed the world of music. In this 2 DVD set, with tab booklets included, you will see him demonstrate rolls and licks and advice about getting good tone, phrasing, accenting, using picks, playing backup and more. This set is a treasure trove of his personal secrets for playing fast (using hammer-ons and pull-offs, triplets, and "ghost″ notes). The songs covered include Cumberland Gap, Old Time River Man, Cripple Creek, Gentle on My Mind, Goin' Back to Dixie, Cackling Hen, Annual Waltz, Your Tax Dollars at Work, Lorena, Boogie, and Foggy Mountain Landscape.
Millions have heard the Kingston Trio! On this 90 minute video you will learn from George Grove, the current banjo player for the Kingston Trio.
Playing his Vega Long Neck George will teach you the banjo style originally created by Dave Guard. With a mantra of "keep it simple″ and his series of "fake frails″, George will empower you to get a strong, rhythmic sound with his easy to learn strumming techniques. Songs included are
Tom Dooley, M.T.A., A Worried Man, Three Jolly Coachman, Early Morning Rain, Rolling River, and others.
Mark's unique style doesn't really fit into a strict category. It's very bluegrass but has overtones of traditional folk, progressive acoustic, new-grass and old-timey all mixed into one. It's authentic. It's unique. It's Clawgrass. Mark Johnson has redefined banjo picking. His trademark technique, which he calls Clawgrass, combines the percussive, foot-tapping rhythm of old-time clawhammer with the complex, driving rolls of Scruggs style. The music he elicits from his Deering banjo delights traditional frailers and bluegrass pickers alike, and learning his style will add new dimensions to your playing. Mark starts you off with the foundations of clawhammer style and a basic frailing version of Old Joe Clark. He then leads you, step by step, into his clawgrass style with great tunes using two and three finger rolls, drop-thumb noting, slides, double stops, melodic runs, harmonic variations and a variety of tunings.
With his longtime musical partner Emory Lester on guitar, Mark performs and then teaches - seven tunes that demonstrate the intricacies and power of Clawgrass™ banjo: Cherokee Shuffle, Cold Frosty Morning, Angeline the Baker, Heartbroken, John Wilkes Booth and Mosby's Rangers. Each tune you learn introduces different ideas and techniques that will bring your playing to new dimensions. As Mark says, It s like being set free.