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Learn to Play Banjo

Learn to Play Banjo

You can learn to play banjo with our great selection of learn to play resources, banjos and banjo accessories for the beginning to advanced banjo player. Whether you are a beginning banjo player or have been playing for years you can now find instructional materials to improve your playing and advance your skills.

Learning to play the banjo used to be a study in frustration. Banjo teachers were few and far between and you always had travel to their location. Now you can learn to play banjo in the convenience and comfort of your own home by taking online lessons using SKYPE.  Mark Bridge can take you step by step from the beginning stages of playing banjo to advanced styles.

 

Banjo Books

 

Below you will find a variety of books to make your banjo playing more enjoyable.

These books have been used for teaching for years and include some of the source books used for online lessons.

 


Earl Scruggs and the 5- String Banjo Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo
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$31.49
The best-selling banjo method in the world! Earl Scruggs's legendary method has helped thousands of banjo players get their start. The “Revised and Enhanced Edition” features more songs, updated lessons, and many other improvements. It includes everything you need to know to start playing banjo, including: a history of the 5-string banjo, getting acquainted with the banjo, Scruggs tuners, how to read music, chords, how to read tablature, right-hand rolls and left-hand techniques, banjo tunings, exercises in picking, over 40 songs, how to build a banjo, autobiographical notes, and much more! The book/CD version includes a CD with Earl Scruggs playing and explaining over 60 examples!
 

The Complete 5 - String Banjo Player The Complete 5-String Banjo Player
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Written by Tony Trischka, one of the leading authorities in banjo education, The Complete 5-String Bluegrass Banjo Player sets the standard for bluegrass banjo instruction from beginning to advanced. From holding the banjo and reading tablature to melodic banjo style and standard bluegrass repertoire, this book is the definitive guide to learning authentic bluegrass technique. The audio CD includes demonstration tracks of the music examples, techniques, and songs. The Complete 5-String Bluegrass Banjo Player features include: all bluegrass techniques; scale patterns; chords illustrated with photographs and diagrams; new and clear engravings; composition and arranging; improvisation techniques; the most influential banjo players' styles; and more!



Absolute Beginners Banjo Absolute Beginners – Banjo
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The Absolute Beginners award-winning method has been designed to make learning the 5-string banjo easier than ever before! Step-by-step pictures take you from first day exercises to playing your first complete songs. Absolute Beginners Banjo gives you: An 'owner's manual' approach to the banjo; Practical advice and tips covering everything you need to know about setting up, playing and maintenance; A look-and-learn course that uses clear pictures to illustrate every step of learning; CD audio tracks to let you hear how things should sound, plus full-length accompaniments so you can play along!



Bluegrass Banjo Bluegrass Banjo
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A complete guide to the 3-finger bluegrass styles. Basic right-hand patterns through many advanced techniques are covered. Includes 45 tablature arrangements from elementary to advanced, plus information on how to buy a banjo, playing in groups, and an annotated discography. The Banjo Newsletter says this book is “highly recommended without reservation.” Songs include: Ballad of Jed Clampett • Banks of the Ohio • Devil's Dream • Little Maggie • Lonesome Road Blues • Rabbit in the Log • Six Mile Creek • Will the Circle Be Unbroken • Worried Man Blues • and many more


 

Teach Yourself Bluegrass Banjo Teach Yourself Bluegrass Banjo
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Teach yourself authentic bluegrass banjo with this book and CD pack. The book contains clear instructions on the basics: right- and left-hand techniques, solos, backup, personal advice on performance, and much more, as well as a complete selection of the best bluegrass songs to learn from. The CD contains audio versions of the examples contained in the book and backing tracks for several songs. Written by Tony Trischka, one of the world's most innovative banjo players, who, throughout his career, has defied limitations while exploring a wide variety of genres.



How To Play Banjo How To Play Banjo
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$15.25
This book teaches the fundamentals of banjo playing through familiar tunes, including: Buffalo Gals • Down in the Valley • Blue-tail Fly • and many more.



Hot Licks For Bluegrass Banjo Hot Licks For Bluegrass Banjo
Over 650 bluegrass, blues and jazz licks in Scruggs, single-string and melodic style. Use licks to create solos and play back up and expand your musical understanding and knowledge of the fingerboard. The licks of J.D. Crowe, Bela Fleck, Bill Keith, Alan Munde, Don Reno and Peter Wernick are featured


Bill Keith Banjo Bill Keith Banjo
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Exact transcriptions of 21 tunes and breaks by one of the masters of bluegrass banjo. Complete analysis of Keith's style, plus a detailed guide to the way he sets up his banjo. Includes a complete musical biography, notes on all the tunes, a discography, and never-before-published photos.




All Star Bluegrass Jam Along for Banjo All Star Bluegrass Jam Along for Banjo
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$17.95
These fabulous collections for players of all levels feature 21 must-know bluegrass songs & instrumentals, created especially for learning players by the genre's leading artists. The artist plays a basic solo that states the melody of the tune, then a more adventurous improvisation, and each solo is transcribed in detail. The CD provides the audio versions of the solos, plus multiple rhythm tracks performed at moderate tempo for easy play-along. This great series will help you build your repertoire & get your licks in shape, so you can shine in your next performance or jam session!

Songs include: Bill Cheatham • Blackberry Blossom • Down in the Willow Garden • I Am a Pilgrim • I'll Fly Away • In the Pines • John Hardy • Old Joe Clark • Soldier's Joy • more!



Melodic Banjo Melodic Banjo
Retail $22.99
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Tony Trischka presents his groundbreaking guide to the melodic (chromatic) banjo style, made famous by the great Bill Keith. The technique allows the banjo player to create complex note-for-note renditions of bluegrass fiddle tunes, as well as ornamenting solos with melodic fragments and motives. Along with a full step-by-step guide to developing the skills of the melodic style, this book also features Bill Keith's personal explanation of how he developed his formidable technique, in his own words and music. It also includes 37 tunes in tablature, with a section of fiddle tunes. Interviews with the stars of the melodic style including Bobby Thompson, Eric Weissberg, Ben Eldridge and Alan Munde are also presented. Includes a CD featuring Trischka himself with backing band, demonstrating many of the fiddle tunes presented in the book.



Banjo Chord Finder Banjo Chord Finder
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The Banjo Chord Finder is an extensive reference guide to over 2,800 banjo chords, covering four of the most commonly used tunings. Thirty different chord qualities are covered for each key, and each chord quality is presented in two different voicings. Also includes a lesson on chord construction and a fingerboard chart of the banjo neck!


   

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