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Banjo for Dummies with CDROM (For Dummies)

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  • A complete guide to the world of the five-string banjo written for both beginners and more experienced players.
  • Packed with over 120 how-to photos and 130 musical examples.
  • 94 track CD included - hear and play along with every exercise and song.
  • The only book to offer instruction in clawhammer, bluegrass, melodic, single-string, minstrel and classic styles.

From Earl Scruggs’ driving bluegrass picking to the genre-busting jazz fusion of Béla Fleck and the multi-million selling movie soundtrack  O Brother Where Are Thou?, the five-string banjo can be heard just about everywhere in American music these days.

Banjo For Dummies is the most complete guide to the five-string banjo ever written. It covers everything you need to get into the banjo: including how to choose, tune and care for your instrument, developing a good playing posture, fretting your first chords and getting comfortable with the left and right hand picking patterns used for clawhammer and bluegrass playing techniques. You’ll then add the left hand, spicing up your playing with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and chokes for an authentic five-string banjo sound.

From there, you’ll move on the play 19th century minstrel style, early 20th century classic style as well as try your hand at more advanced examples of bluegrass style. An in-depth chapter on bluegrass music explores Scruggs licks and techniques as well as melodic and single-string styles, with song examples. Also included is a banjo buyer’s guide, a section on music theory as applied to bluegrass and old-time music, an accessories guide (advice on cases, picks, straps, metronomes, computer aids and much more), information on how to find a good teacher, banjo camp or festival, chord charts, bios of twelve influential players, practice tips and much, much more!

Banjo For Dummies is accessible and fun to read and it’s easy to locate just what you’re interested in playing. Included are 20 songs including several new compositions written by the author just for this book, including Reno Rag (single-string style), “Winston’s Jig” (Irish three-finger), and “Everyday Breakdown” (Scruggs style). All musical examples are played slowly on the accompanying CD, many with guitar and mandolin accompaniment.

Bill Evans is one of the world’s most celebrated banjo players and teachers. He has taught thousands of people to play the five-string banjo in private lessons and group workshops literally all over the world. In addition to leading the Bill Evans String Summit, Bill has performed with Dry Branch Fire Squad, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka and many others and he hosts his own acclaimed banjo camp, the NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat in the Nashville area. As an American music historian, he has taught at San Francisco State University, the University Virginia and Duke University. He has written a popular instructional column for Banjo Newsletter magazine for the last fifteen years and hosts three popular instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications. To learn more about Bill, visit his homepage at www.nativeandfine.com.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

Synopsis:

An accessible how-to guide for would-be banjo players

A uniquely American instrument, the banjo has graduated from traditional bluegrass to mainstream music, garnering hundreds of thousands of players and fans. Packed with musical charts, illustrations, and photos, this friendly guide presents the latest tips on selecting, playing, and caring for the banjo. It shows readers how to tune and care for their instrument; develop correct hand position and posture; master finger patterns, chord positions and scales, picking, and strumming; and learn various banjo playing styles– from the minstrel playing of the past to today’ s popular styles heard at festivals worldwide. The companion CD features play-along exercises, songs, riffs, chords, and audio and MP3 files.

Bill Evans (Albany, CA) has been a professional banjo player, teacher, writer, recording artist, and workshop leader for over 25 years.

Synopsis:

Packed with how-to photos and musical examples

From folk to bluegrass and beyond, play great banjo music — even if you've never played before!

Ready to jump on the banjo bandwagon? This unique how-to guide gives you the latest tips on choosing and caring for a five-string banjo while covering both the popular clawhammer and bluegrass playing styles. You'll see how to fret your first chords, incorporate slides and pull-offs, understand rhythm, play popular banjo tunes, and survive your first jam session!

  • Select the right banjo and accessories
  • Develop correct hand position and posture

  • Play basic chords and simple tunes

  • Master bluegrass and clawhammer picking

  • Tune and maintain your banjo

Synopsis:

A complete guide to the world of the five-string banjo written for both beginners and more experienced players. Packed with over 120 how-to photos and 130 musical examples. 94 track CD included - hear and play along with every exercise and song. The only book to offer instruction in clawhammer, bluegrass, melodic, single-string, minstrel and classic styles.

From Earl Scruggs' driving bluegrass picking to the genre-busting jazz fusion of Bela Fleck and the multi-million selling movie soundtrack O Brother Where Are Thou?, the five-string banjo can be heard just about everywhere in American music these days.

Banjo For Dummies is the most complete guide to the five-string banjo ever written. It covers everything you need to get into the banjo: including how to choose, tune and care for your instrument, developing a good playing posture, fretting your first chords and getting comfortable with the left and right hand picking patterns used for clawhammer and bluegrass playing techniques. You'll then add the left hand, spicing up your playing with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and chokes for an authentic five-string banjo sound.

From there, you'll move on the play 19th century minstrel style, early 20th century classic style as well as try your hand at more advanced examples of bluegrass style. An in-depth chapter on bluegrass music explores Scruggs licks and techniques as well as melodic and single-string styles, with song examples. Also included is a banjo buyer's guide, a section on music theory as applied to bluegrass and old-time music, an accessories guide (advice on cases, picks, straps, metronomes, computer aids and much more), information on how to find a good teacher, banjo camp or festival, chord charts, bios of twelve influential players, practice tips and much, much more

Banjo For Dummies is accessible and fun to read and it's easy to locate just what you're interested in playing. Included are 20 songs including several new compositions written by the author just for this book, including Reno Rag (single-string style), Winston's Jig (Irish three-finger), and Everyday Breakdown (Scruggs style). All musical examples are played slowly on the accompanying CD, many with guitar and mandolin accompaniment.

Bill Evans is one of the world's most celebrated banjo players and teachers. He has taught thousands of people to play the five-string banjo in private lessons and group workshops literally all over the world. In addition to leading the Bill Evans String Summit, Bill has performed with Dry Branch Fire Squad, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka and many others and he hosts his own acclaimed banjo camp, the NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat in the Nashville area. As an American music historian, he has taught at San Francisco State University, the University Virginia and Duke University. He has written a popular instructional column for Banjo Newsletter magazine for the last fifteen years and hosts three popular instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications. To learn more about Bill, visit his homepage at www.nativeandfine.com.

About the Author

Banjo player Bill Evans is not to be confused with the deceased jazz piano legend or the very much living jazz saxophone player (or the Austin, Texas, real estate agent). This Bill Evans is a banjo player, performer, teacher, workshop leader, recording artist, composer, producer, record label owner, and American music historian. For a banjo player, Bill has an unusual amount of schooling. He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a specialization in folklore from the University of Virginia as a DuPont Scholar and a master’s degree in music with a specialization in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. After completing coursework for the PhD at Berkeley with a specialization in American music and the music of Japan, Bill taught courses in ethnomusicology and American music history at San Francisco State University, Duke University, and the University of Virginia and was the Associate Director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. A recipient of a Brown Foreman–Al Smith Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, Bill has also served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts.

As a recording artist, Bill’s CD Native and Fine (Rounder Records) earned an honorable mention for Acoustic Instrumental Recording of the Year from NAIRD. His CD Bill Evans Plays Banjo (Native and Fine Records), featuring all original instrumental compositions, was on many “best of” lists, including those of the Chicago Tribune and County Sales. Bill earned a nomination for “Recorded Event of the Year” from the International Bluegrass Music Association for his work as producer on Suzanne Thomas’ CD Dear Friend and Gentle Hearts. As a performing artist, Bill has played with Dry Branch Fire Squad, Tony Trischka, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Maria Muldaur, Jody Stecher, Kathy Kallick and Laurie Lewis, among others. He tours nationally with his solo show “The Banjo in America” in addition to leading his own band, the Bill Evans String Summit.

Bill is a long-time contributor to Banjo Newsletter magazine and co-hosts an annual banjo camp, the Sonny Osborne NashCamp Banjo Retreat, held each fall outside of Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, Bill participates in workshops all over North America, hosts several popular instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications, and maintains an active private teaching practice at his home in Albany, California. His former students include Chris Pandolfi, Greg Liszt, Jayme Stone, and Eric Yates. He is the co-author of Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook: Banjo Edition from Mel Bay Publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: The Amazing Five-String Banjo.

Chapter 1: First Steps: Banjo Basics.

Chapter 2: Meet Your Banjo.

Chapter 3: Playing by the Rules: Not Enough Theory to Hurt.

Part II: Let’s Pick! The Basic Ingredients.

Chapter 4: Getting Right with the Right Hand.

Chapter 5: Sliding, Hammering, and Pulling: Adding the Left Hand.

Chapter 6: Working Up Your First Tunes: Clawhammer and Bluegrass.

Part III: Playing Styles Past, Present, and Future.

Chapter 7: Playing Historical Styles: African, Minstrel, and Classic Banjo.

Chapter 8: Playing Three-Finger Styles: Scruggs, Melodic, and Single String.

Part IV: Buyer’s Guide, Care and Feeding, and More.

Chapter 9: Finding Your Banjo Bliss: A Buyer’s Guide.

Chapter 10: Getting the Right Stuff: Banjo Gear.

Chapter 11: Taking Care of Your Baby: String Changing & Basic Maintenance.

Chapter 12: Networking into Banjo Culture.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 13: Ten Tips to Make Practicing More Fun.

Chapter 14: Ten Banjo Players You Need to Hear.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Banjo Chords and Notes.

Appendix B: About the CD.

Wiley Publishing, Inc. End-User License Agreement.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470127629
Publisher:
For Dummies
Subject:
General
Author:
, Eva
Author:
ns, Bill
Author:
Evans, William
Author:
Evans, Bill
Subject:
Banjo
Subject:
Self instruction
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Strings
Subject:
Instruction & Study - General
Subject:
Musical Instruments - General
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Music-Strings
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
20110523
Binding:
Online electronic file accessible through online networks
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9.16x7.40x.81 in. 1.18 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , An accessible how-to guide for would-be banjo players

A uniquely American instrument, the banjo has graduated from traditional bluegrass to mainstream music, garnering hundreds of thousands of players and fans. Packed with musical charts, illustrations, and photos, this friendly guide presents the latest tips on selecting, playing, and caring for the banjo. It shows readers how to tune and care for their instrument; develop correct hand position and posture; master finger patterns, chord positions and scales, picking, and strumming; and learn various banjo playing styles– from the minstrel playing of the past to today’ s popular styles heard at festivals worldwide. The companion CD features play-along exercises, songs, riffs, chords, and audio and MP3 files.

Bill Evans (Albany, CA) has been a professional banjo player, teacher, writer, recording artist, and workshop leader for over 25 years.

"Synopsis" by , Packed with how-to photos and musical examples

From folk to bluegrass and beyond, play great banjo music — even if you've never played before!

Ready to jump on the banjo bandwagon? This unique how-to guide gives you the latest tips on choosing and caring for a five-string banjo while covering both the popular clawhammer and bluegrass playing styles. You'll see how to fret your first chords, incorporate slides and pull-offs, understand rhythm, play popular banjo tunes, and survive your first jam session!

  • Select the right banjo and accessories
  • Develop correct hand position and posture

  • Play basic chords and simple tunes

  • Master bluegrass and clawhammer picking

  • Tune and maintain your banjo

"Synopsis" by , A complete guide to the world of the five-string banjo written for both beginners and more experienced players. Packed with over 120 how-to photos and 130 musical examples. 94 track CD included - hear and play along with every exercise and song. The only book to offer instruction in clawhammer, bluegrass, melodic, single-string, minstrel and classic styles.

From Earl Scruggs' driving bluegrass picking to the genre-busting jazz fusion of Bela Fleck and the multi-million selling movie soundtrack O Brother Where Are Thou?, the five-string banjo can be heard just about everywhere in American music these days.

Banjo For Dummies is the most complete guide to the five-string banjo ever written. It covers everything you need to get into the banjo: including how to choose, tune and care for your instrument, developing a good playing posture, fretting your first chords and getting comfortable with the left and right hand picking patterns used for clawhammer and bluegrass playing techniques. You'll then add the left hand, spicing up your playing with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and chokes for an authentic five-string banjo sound.

From there, you'll move on the play 19th century minstrel style, early 20th century classic style as well as try your hand at more advanced examples of bluegrass style. An in-depth chapter on bluegrass music explores Scruggs licks and techniques as well as melodic and single-string styles, with song examples. Also included is a banjo buyer's guide, a section on music theory as applied to bluegrass and old-time music, an accessories guide (advice on cases, picks, straps, metronomes, computer aids and much more), information on how to find a good teacher, banjo camp or festival, chord charts, bios of twelve influential players, practice tips and much, much more

Banjo For Dummies is accessible and fun to read and it's easy to locate just what you're interested in playing. Included are 20 songs including several new compositions written by the author just for this book, including Reno Rag (single-string style), Winston's Jig (Irish three-finger), and Everyday Breakdown (Scruggs style). All musical examples are played slowly on the accompanying CD, many with guitar and mandolin accompaniment.

Bill Evans is one of the world's most celebrated banjo players and teachers. He has taught thousands of people to play the five-string banjo in private lessons and group workshops literally all over the world. In addition to leading the Bill Evans String Summit, Bill has performed with Dry Branch Fire Squad, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka and many others and he hosts his own acclaimed banjo camp, the NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat in the Nashville area. As an American music historian, he has taught at San Francisco State University, the University Virginia and Duke University. He has written a popular instructional column for Banjo Newsletter magazine for the last fifteen years and hosts three popular instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications. To learn more about Bill, visit his homepage at www.nativeandfine.com.

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