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.
A 50-Week Workout Program for Developing, Improving and Maintaining Banjo Technique (Book/CD)
Take your banjo playing to the next level with this fantastic daily resource, providing a year's worth of practice material with a two-week vacation. Banjo Aerobics is for players of all levels from beginner to advanced who will benefit from the lessons provided. The accompanying CD features demo tracks for all the examples in the book to reinforce how the banjo should sound. Teaches essential banjo techniques using lots of musical styles, to increase speed and accuracy, and improve dexterity and coordination.
Musical Styles covered: Bluegrass, Old-time, Folk, Pop, Rock, Jazz
Techniques covered: Scruggs Style, Clawhammer, Strumming, Single-String Picking, Bluegrass Rolls, Folk Picking Patterns, Damping, Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs, Trills & Turns, Tremolo, much more
Benefits: Increased Speed, Improved Dexterity, Better Accuracy, Heightened Coordination, Increased Melodic & Harmonic Vocabulary, Expanded Knowledge of the Fingerboard
You'll never be sorry you spent time learning the banjo. - David Holt
Want to play clawhammer banjo? Here s a nearly foolproof way to learn this popular old-time mountain style! David Holt's easy-to-follow instructions, friendly approach, and invaluable exercises will have you picking and singing in no time. David gets you started in the simplest way, with an open G chord and the loping bum-diddy right hand rhythm that's at the heart of this style. He then teaches the basic chord shapes and melody notes to six tunes, going through each of them in close-up detail: Bile Them Cabbage Down, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Coming Round the Mountain, Old Joe Clark, Liza Jane and Cluck Old Hen.
Once you've learned how to play and sing the easy versions, David brings in the elements that give us that truly distinctive mountain sound: hammers, pull-offs, slides, double-thumbing and more. This lesson will be the gateway to playing hundreds of tunes, and will take you from being a total beginner to becoming a full-on intermediate player.
"Everything you wanted to know but couldn't find in one resource” is a great way to describe the new book by banjo master Fred Sokolow! There are 101 interesting and useful facts about banjo parts, banjo tuning, banjo accessories, and banjo esoterica that you would have to search high and low to find. Did you know that the early cowboys actually played banjos, not guitars? Want a great explanation of “the circle of fifths”? Need to know about banjo stands or how to install a strap? Whether you are a bluegrass style banjoist or a claw-hammer player, Fred has great tips and useful information for you. It’s a great “read” and a valuable tool for any banjo player’s bookshelf!
Has 22 Demo Tracks
88 pages with illustrations and a CD included for only $14.99.
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.
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.
The Banjo Play-Along Series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily with incredible backing tracks to help you sound like a bona fide pro! Just follow the banjo tab, listen to the demo track on the CD to hear how the banjo should sound, and then play along with the separate backing tracks. The CD is playable on any CD player and also is enhanced so Mac and PC users can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing the pitch! Each Banjo Play-Along pack features eight cream of the crop songs.
This volume includes: Ain't It Enough by Old Crow Medicine Show * The Cave by Mumford & Sons * Forget the Flowers by Wilco * Ho Hey by The Lumineers * Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons* Live and Die by The Avett Brothers * Switzerland by The Last Bison * Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show.
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For those who would rather have a DVD to teach them 5-string banjo chord basics, Joe Carr has created a 30 minute DVD to teach all the essential chords. Every major, minor 7th, diminished, and augmented chord is demonstrated and systematically taught.
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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.
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.
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.
Written by Tony Trischka, one of the leading authorities in banjo education, The Complete 5-String Bluegrass Banjo Player DVD is one of the clearest and complete instruction DVDs on bluegrass banjo for all levels of players from beginning to advanced. From holding the banjo and reading tablature to melodic banjo style and standard bluegrass repertoire, this DVD is one of the best guides to learning authentic bluegrass technique.
Written by Tony Trischka
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.
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Leaving Eden by the Carolina Chocolate Drops is their latest tribute to the historical banjo sound. With original material, the Chocolate Drops capture the feel of the Appalachian Mountain sound and the early years of Americana music.
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Steve Martin is a comedian, novelist, screenwriter, actor and many other things, but his first love is the banjo. His recent hit CD, The Crow , features 15 original tunes in both clawhammer and Scruggs style. This book of tablature, accurately transcribed by Tony Trischka, is a great learning tool for aspiring players. Also includes an introduction and tuning notes from Tony. Contents: Daddy Played the Banjo * Pitkni County Turnaround * Hoedown at Alice's * Late for School * Tin Roof * Words Unspoken * Pretty Flowers * Wally on the Run * Freddie's Lilt * Saga of the Old West * Clawhammer Medley * Calico Train * Banana Banjo * Blue River Waltz * The Crow.
This special edition includes both the tab songbook and the original CD!
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Spirit of the Rockies is a poetic, spiraling tale about ghosts, relationships and guides – both seen and unseen. It is a story about love, spiritual legacy, the sharing of beauty, and the yearning for freedom from the restrictions of the mind.
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!
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.
"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
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