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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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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.
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.