By Bill Evans

An entire consultant to the realm of the five-string banjo written for either novices and more matured avid gamers. choked with over a hundred and twenty how-to photographs and one hundred thirty musical examples. ninety four song CD incorporated - pay attention and play besides each workout and track. the single e-book to supply guide in clawhammer, bluegrass, melodic, single-string, minstrel and vintage types. From Earl Scruggs’ using bluegrass making a choice on to the genre-busting jazz fusion of Béla Fleck and the multi-million promoting motion picture soundtrack  O Brother the place Are Thou?, the five-string banjo may be heard almost about far and wide in American track nowadays. Banjo For Dummies is the main whole consultant to the five-string banjo ever written. It covers every thing you must get into the banjo: together with tips on how to decide on, song and deal with your software, constructing an outstanding taking part in posture, fretting your first chords and getting happy with the left and correct hand selecting styles used for clawhammer and bluegrass enjoying ideas. You’ll then upload the left hand, spicing up your fiddling with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and chokes for an genuine five-string banjo sound. From there, you’ll movement at the play nineteenth century minstrel type, early twentieth century vintage type in addition to attempt your hand at extra complex examples of bluegrass kind. An in-depth bankruptcy on bluegrass tune explores Scruggs licks and methods in addition to melodic and single-string kinds, with track examples. additionally incorporated is a banjo buyer’s advisor, a piece on song conception as utilized to bluegrass and old-time track, an components consultant (advice on circumstances, selections, straps, metronomes, computing device aids and lots more and plenty more), details on how to define a great instructor, banjo camp or pageant, chord charts, bios of twelve influential gamers, perform assistance and lots more and plenty, even more! Banjo For Dummies is out there and enjoyable to learn and it’s effortless to find simply what you’re drawn to taking part in. incorporated are 20 songs together with numerous new compositions written by means of the writer only for this ebook, together with Reno Rag (single-string style), “Winston’s Jig” (Irish three-finger), and “Everyday Breakdown” (Scruggs style). All musical examples are performed slowly at the accompanying CD, many with guitar and mandolin accompaniment. invoice Evans is without doubt one of the world’s so much celebrated banjo gamers and academics. He has taught hundreds of thousands of individuals to play the five-string banjo in deepest classes and team workshops actually world wide. as well as top the invoice Evans String Summit, invoice has played with Dry department fireplace Squad, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka and so forth and he hosts his personal acclaimed banjo camp, the NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat within the Nashville zone. As an American song historian, he has taught at San Francisco nation college, the collage Virginia and Duke collage. He has written a favored educational column for Banjo publication journal for the final fifteen years and hosts 3 renowned educational DVDs for AcuTab courses. to benefit extra approximately invoice, stopover at his homepage at

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I’m left-handed, but I learned to play using the standard right-handed orientation. I’d like for you to try this too — especially if you’ve already purchased a regular banjo. Positioning Body and Banjo Picking up a banjo and trying to play for the first time may seem a little awkward if you don’t know how to hold or position the instrument. To get the most enjoyment out of your practice time and to be ready for anything when playing with others, you should be comfortable both sitting and standing while playing the banjo.

However, confusing the appearance of a five-string banjo with the four-string tenor or plectrum type of banjo is easy. You see, the bodies of these instruments are the same, but the necks reveal the difference (see Figure 1-2). You can’t play five-string banjo music on a four-string tenor or plectrum banjo — these instruments aren’t interchangeable! You need a five-string banjo to play fivestring banjo music. ). Instrument makers took guitar and mandolin necks and attached them to banjo bodies, creating new kinds of instruments that had the sound of a five-string or tenor banjo but were played by using guitar and mandolin techniques.

Don’t be afraid to ask others for advice if you’re unsure about whether or not a string is in tune. G tuning: Getting your strings in order Although banjo players use a variety of tunings to play different kinds of songs and to create different moods on their instrument, the most frequently used tuning is called G tuning (which is also the type of tuning I use in this book). With this tuning, the five open strings of the banjo are tuned to the notes of a G major chord (a chord is a collection of three or more notes played together; I talk more about chords in Chapter 3).

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