5-String Banjo: Hot & Wild

BANJO-CVR_250Do you want to learn the banjo? If you do, this is the perfect book to learn from. With detailed, step-by-step guidance, 49 sing-along tablatures, 51 solos, and 13 tutorials, you will be playing banjo, hot and wild, before you know it!

This book came to be because I needed to accommodate my many banjo students with material they could realistically learn in light of their busy lives. Parents, students, and working folk all face real challenges with finding the time to learn to play a musical instrument. To learn to play an instrument well, the professional musician studies and practices all day long and often well into the evening. The average person can’t devote this kind of time. The parent must devote considerable time to the child. The working person must put in an eight-hour day just to keep the job. The student bends over the books all day, and is often burdened with homework in the evening. How in the world, then, can anyone ever find the time to learn the banjo? It’s simple: by choosing a banjo style that can be quickly learned by anyone who has just a little bit of time.

FEATURES: ­57 SOLOS, 49 SING-ALONGS, 19 mp3 audio tutorials, all playable on computer or mobile device


Black Mountain Rag – (guitar accompaniment by Chris Fuqua)

Flop Eared Mule

Night Train Blues

Yankee Doodle

check-mark_2Raw Tune Index: Banjo Star, Slam Dunk Boogie, Happy Birthday, Good Night Irene, Amazing Grace, Salty Dog, Amazing Grace, Salty Dog, Banjo Gallop Breakdown, Skip to My Lou, Do Lord, Buffalo Gals, Deep Drillin’, Skip to My Lou, Twinkle Banjo Star, Are You Sleeping, Do Lord, Buffalo Gals, Simple Gifts, East Virginia, Wreck of the Old 97, Hammer-On Boogie, Bury Me Beneath the Willow I, Bury Me Beneath the Willow II, When the Saints Go Marchin’ In, O Susanna, Tapped Out Boogie, Red River Valley, Auld Lang Syne, The Fox, Slider Blues, Boil Dem Cabbage Down, Old MacDonald, You Are My Sunshine, Columbus Stockade, Tug of War Blues, The Riddle Song, Long Long Ago, John Henry, Old Time Religion, Salty Dog, Cripple Creek, Crawdad Song, Cindy, Camptown Races, Little Liza Jane, Buffalo Gals, Death of the Old Mare, Night Train Blues, Lost Love Blues, Skillet Good and Greasy Skillet Good and Greasy, Ruben Had a Train, Take This Hammer, I Got Stripes, Black Jack Breakdown, March Slav, Drunken Sailor, Drunken Sailor, Shady Grove, The Hope, Good Night Irene, Amazing Grace, Anvil Chorus, Good Night Ladies, Polly Wolly Doodle, John Henry, Flop Eared Mule, Down In the Valley, Beautiful Brown Eyes, Angel Band, 900 Miles, Red River Valley, Ezekiel Saw the Wheel, East Virginia, Jacob’s Ladder, Acres of Clams, Billy Boy, Streets of Laredo, It’s Raining It’s Pouring, Ain’t Gonna Rain No More, Itsy Bitsy Spider, London Bridge Is Falling Down, Dear Little Suzie, Wheels On the Bus, Bingo, ABC Song, Old MacDonald, I’m a Little Teapot, Yankee Doodle, This Little Light of Mine, Silent Night, Nearer My God to Thee, Away In a Manger, Joy to the World, Abide With Me, Send the Light, Sweet By and By, What a Friend We Have In Jesus, Leaning On the Ever Lasting Arms, Life’s Railway to Heaven, BONUS TUNES! Jingle Bells, Old Joe Clark, Black Mountain Rag, Ragtime Annie, One Frosty Morning, Kitchen Girl, Under the Double Eagle


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That infectiously galloping banjo sound everyone loves is fully embraced in the UP-PICKING banjo style taught in this book. This style came to light under the masterful fingers of folk music legend, Pete Seeger, and it’s a beautiful playing style accessible to everyone. The tablature in this book is graded in difficulty so the new student starts at a simple level, and then gradually masters more involved material as s/he progresses. And in addition to the book, many audio sing-alongs, solos and tutorials show the student what the tunes should sound like. There are even three harmonica tutorials to add further dimension to your playing!

Anyone can learn to play banjo from this book because it uses a tablature system I’ve named “GPS Tablature”. Like GPS, the tablature shows the exact location of where you place your finger(s) to play the note. No memorization is required because the location of the note is instantly read from the note symbol. The GPS Tablature also shows how long to hold a note and what kind of effect (hammer-on, pull-off, blues bend, etc.) to apply to the note. Any type of tablature will show you this, but GPS Tablature accomplishes this clearly and succinctly. No formal music background is required, and that’s the beauty of tablature. It’s a fast way to learn, and it doesn’t frustrate the student. You can succeed with this book, even if you’ve never picked up a banjo. All you need is the right set of instructions. This book provides you with those instructions. If learning to play the banjo is your goal, the path to this goal lies in this book. All you have to do is open the book and begin!

NOTE: When you buy the book you will be given the download link and password to download and unzip all the sample mp3s: mp3s you can move to your computer or any mobile device. The files can be unzipped by both MAC and PC.