Banjo Method (C Tuning - Concert Style). By Frank Bradbury. For Banjo (5 String & Plectrum). Squareback saddle-stitched, Methods. All Styles. Multiple Levels. Book+Online Audio. 128 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.93238).
ISBN 9780871664952. All Styles. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.
This book, written for those with no prior musical experience, is the definitive text for learning C-tuning concert, or classic-style 5-string banjo. Written by the late Frank Bradbury, Banjo Method provides a thorough grounding in music theory and note reading, along with a complete presentation of Mr. Bradbury's unique 5-string concert banjo technique and outstanding solo and duet arrangements by various artists. The technique described here is radically different from that found in other books about the 5-string banjo, and no tablature is used. No plastic or metal picks are used on the right-hand fingers, nor are the fingernails used, but rather the bare fingertips. The hand positions recommended by Mr. Bradbury are not unlike those of a classical guitarist. All in all, this is an uncommon, but valid approach to solo banjo technique. Online audio of select pieces and exercises featuring Rob MacKillop now available from the publisher's website.