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.
Ever wonder how to properly set a banjo up for the best sound and playability? Greg Deering personally teaches all about banjo adjustments and set up. He takes the banjo completely apart and puts the banjo back together again before your very eyes in this enlightening DVD. It's a must for every player!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.