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Banjo Instruction Books and Methods

5-String Tenor Frailing/Old Timey Chords

 

5-String Banjo
Mel Bay's Back-Up Banjo
#MB93771
Price $17.95

By Janet Davis.  This popular, comprehensive text explains
the basic techniques commonly used on the 5-string banjo to accompany
vocalists and instrumentalists.  Separates the various back-up
techniques in categories.  In notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's Splitting The Licks
#MB93998
Price $11.95

By Janet Davis.  Guides the 5-string banjo player step by
step in working out song arrangements from basic melodies in both
Scruggs/bluegrass style and melodic/chromatic style.  Each section
contains exercises and examples for improvising.  In tablature. only.

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Mel Bay's Complete Bluegrass Banjo Method
#MB93345
Price $19.95

By Neil Griffin.  One of the very best G-tuning 5-string
bluegrass banjo methods available.  Contents include note and tabulator
reading, chord background styles, three-finger picking, and much more.
In notation and tablature.

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Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Banjo

#MB94429 Book Only   Price $9.95
#MB94429C Cassette Only   Price $9.98
#MB94429P Book/Cass Pkg   Price $18.95

By Janet Davis.  Written in tabulator, this
easy-to-understand method teaches rolls, chords, and other basic
information needed to play bluegrass and melodic-style banjo.

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Mel Bay's Rounder Blue Ribbon Banjo
#MB95697
$9.95

Transcribed By Fred Sokolow.  Rounder Records' Blue Ribbon Banjo shows off the breadth of styles and sounds available to today's 5-string picker.

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Mel Bay's Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo
#MB95759
$19.95

By Tom Hanway.  A fabulous collection of Irish and Celtic solos for the
5-string banjo.  Includes a segment on tuning and technique.

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Hot Licks For Bluegrass Banjo
Item #OK63909
$21.95

By Tony Trischka.  Over 650 bluegrass, blues and jazz licks in Scruggs, single-string, and melodic styles.  Learn to use licks to create solos, play back-up and expand your musical knowledge and understanding of the fingerboard.

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Melodic Banjo
Item #OK63149
$14.95

By Tony Trischka.  A complete, thorough, practical guide to melodic bluegrass banjo technique.  More than 30 tunes and songs by Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Alan Munde, and others.  Chapters on every aspect of playing technique.  Plus a soundsheet and discography.

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The Banjo Picker's Fakebook
Item #OK64261
$21.95

By David Brody.  This ultimate sourcebook for the banjo player contains over 230 jigs, reels, rags, hornpipes, and breakdowns from all major traditional instrumental styles.  Includes special introductory materials on regional styles, interpretation, bluegrass techniques.  Discography.

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Bluegrass Banjo
Item #OK62778
$19.95

By Peter Wernick.  Thirty-five songs offering a complete exploration of bluerass music.  Including music theory, tips on performance, bluegrass ensemble playing, backup playing, and a wealth of banjo lore.  For beginners and advanced players.

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Tenor Banjo

Mel Bay's Complete Tenor Banjo Method
Item # MB93236
Price $9.95

By Mel Bay.  The finest tenor banjo method available.
Easy to understand and thorough in its approach.  Formerly in two
volumes, now both are combined in this single comprehensive edition.

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Mel Bay's Fun With The Tenor Banjo
#MB93260
Price $4.95

By Mel Bay.  A good beginner's text showing tuning, basic
chords, and songs to sing, strum, and enjoy with others.

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Frailing/Old Timey

Mel Bay's Frailing The 5-String Banjo
#MB93335 Book Only   Price $9.95
#MB93335C Cassette Only   Price $9.98
#MB93335P Book/Cass Pkg.   Price $18.95

By Eric Muller & Barbara Doehler.  Full of photos and hand-written tabs,
this highly acclaimed text presents a systematic method. In tablature
only.

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Mel Bay's Southern Mountain Banjo
#MB95275 Book Only   Price $12.95
#MB95420C Cassette Only   Price $10.98
#MB95275P Book/Cass Pkg.   Prcie $22.95

By Wayne Erbesen.  This friendly book is filled with clawhammer banjo
instruction, tablature, lyrics and more.

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Clawhammer Banjo
Item #OK63016
$15.95

By Miles Krassen.  This book deals exclusively with the clawhammer style in a complete treatment directly from its source:  Wade Ward, Franklin George, Glen Smith, Henry Reed, Uncle Charlie Higgins, Kyle Creed and Fred Cockerham.

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Chord Books

Mel Bay's Deluxe Encyclopedia of Banjo Chords
#MB93299
Price $9.95

By Mel Bay.  A comprehensive collection of 5-string and
plectrum banjo chords in G and C tunings.  The most complete banjo chord
book available!  Every chord is shown in root position in standard
notation.

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Mel Bay's Tenor Banjo Chords
#MB93259
Price $5.95

By Mel Bay.  A picture/diagram chord book showing all of
the most commonly used chords for tenor banjo.  This is a great
reference book for the beginning to intermediate banjo player.

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Mel Bay's Banjo Chords
#MB93267
Price $4.95

By Mel Bay.  This handy book shows all of the basic banjo
chords in photo and diagram form.  The first section of the book
presents bluegrass G-tuning chords, and the remainder contains C-tuning
chords.

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Mel Bay's Deluxe Encyclopedia Of Tenor Banjo Chords
#MB93327
Price $8.95

By Mel Bay.  A comprehensive alphabetic listing (C, Cm, C7, etc.) of
chord forms.  Includes a summary of chord formulas plus diagrams and
notation.  The most thorough tenor banjo chord book available.

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