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Banjo For Dummies: Book + Online Video and Audio Instruction, 2nd Edition



Banjo For Dummies: Book + Online Video and Audio Instruction, 2nd Edition

Bill Evans

ISBN: 978-1-118-74633-2 January 2014 384 Pages


Play your way to banjo-playing expertise

Traditionally associated with country, folk, and bluegrass music, the banjo is accessible to anyone with the patience and willpower to learn it. This second edition of Banjo For Dummies does the rest of the work for you with updated practice lessons, teaching techniques, and step-by-step examples. With this guide, you will learn tips and techniques for selecting the right instruments and accessories, how to develop correct hand position and posture, and how to tune, care for, and make simple repairs to the instrument. An updated multimedia component features companion audio tracks and complementary video lessons that cement the concepts readers gain during their reading.

  • Written by Bill Evans, an accomplished five-string banjo player, teacher, writer, and historian
  • Includes access to "how-to" videos on
  • Ideal for anyone who wants to learn to play this classic instrument

For musicians hoping to lend their art an edge or interested learners looking to pick up a unique skill, Banjo For Dummies is a must-have, straightforward guide to success.

Introduction 1

Part I: The Amazing Five-String Banjo 5

Chapter 1: You Want to Play What?: Banjo Basics 7

Chapter 2: Tuning Your Banjo 23

Chapter 3: Starting to Play: Fretting and Strumming 35

Chapter 4: Playing by the Rules: Songs and Tablature 53

Part II: Let’s Pick! Basic Banjo Techniques 75

Chapter 5: Getting Right with the Right Hand 77

Chapter 6: Sliding, Hammering, and Pulling: Adding the Left Hand 103

Chapter 7: Working Up Your First Tunes: Clawhammer and Bluegrass 131

Part III: Playing Styles Past, Present, and Future 143

Chapter 8: Playing the Old-T ime Way: Clawhammer and Traditional Styles 145

Chapter 9: Playing Three-Finger Styles: Scruggs, Melodic, and Single String 163

Chapter 10: Playing Up-the-Neck Backup: Chords and Vamping 197

Chapter 11: Playing Historical Styles: African, Minstrel, and Classic Banjo 211

Chapter 12: Net working into Banjo Culture 223

Part IV: Buying a Banjo and Keeping It in Good Shape 241

Chapter 13: Finding Your Banjo Bliss: A Buyer’s Guide 243

Chapter 14: Getting the Right Stuff: Banjo Gear 269

Chapter 15: Taking Care of Your Baby: String Changing and Basic Maintenance 291

Part V: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 16: Ten T ips to Make Practicing More Fun 313

Chapter 17: Ten Great Banjo Players You Need to Hear 321

Part VI: Appendixes 327

Appendix A: Banjo Chords and Notes 329

Appendix B: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 335

Index 343 Audio/Video Resource Center