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Banjo For Dummies : For Dummies - Bill Evans

Banjo For Dummies

For Dummies


Published: 17th January 2014
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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 Dummies.com
  • 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.

About the Author

Bill Evans is an internationally celebrated five-string banjo player, teacher, historian, and recording artist, who has helped thousands of banjo players from all over the world in a professional career that spans over 35 years. He has produced numerous instructional DVDs and hosted hundreds of instructional workshops. Bill has performed on stages throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, and his CDs have topped both folk and bluegrass charts.



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    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

    ISBN: 9781118746332
    ISBN-10: 1118746333
    Series: For Dummies
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 384
    Published: 17th January 2014
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 18.8  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.53
    Edition Number: 1
    Edition Type: Revised