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Back-Up Banjo

Back-Up Banjo composed by Janet Davis. For Banjo (5-String). Wire bound, Rhythm/Backup. All Styles. Multiple Levels. Book/2-CD Set. 240 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.93771BCD).

ISBN 9780786665259. All Styles. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

With its wealth of information on how technique can be tastefully applied, Back-Up Banjo is the definitive book on the subject of banjo accompaniment. Since a banjo player in a band plays accompaniment at least 75% of the time, it is extremely important to master playing in this style. Janet Davis offers specific suggestions for accompanying a vocalist or instrumentalist in a variety of styles-- and then provides musical examples illustrating her points. Janet breaks her concepts down into their basic components, making them crystal clear in lay terms. The various back-up techniques are separated into categories determined by song tempo, by lead instrument being accompanied, and by the area of the fingerboard in which the chords are being played. In notation and tablature.

This set includes a companion 2-CD set which demonstrates the examples in the book.

  • All The Good Times Are Past Lead  
  • Banks of the Ohio Key of C  
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic Key of C  
  • Blackberry Blossom Key of G  
  • Bury Me Beneath the Willow Key of G  
  • Cotton Patch Rag Key of C  
  • Cripple Creek 
  • Cumberland Gap 
  • Down in the Valley 
  • East Virginia Blues 
  • East Virginia Lead  
  • Gray Eagle Key of G  
  • Jesse James Key of G  
  • John Hardy 
  • John Henry Key of D  
  • Little Maggie Key of G  
  • Long Journey Home Lead  
  • May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight, Mister? Key of Bb  
  • New River Train Lead  
  • Red River Valley Key of G  
  • Reuben D Tuning-Key of D  
  • Rhythmic Embellishment  
  • Sally Goodin' Key of G  
  • Salt River 
  • She'll Be Comin' Around the Mountain Key of D  
  • Soldier's Joy C Tuning  
  • Stone's Rag Key of D  
  • Tom Dooley 
  • Wabash Cannonball 
  • When the Saints Go Marching In Key of F  
  • Wreck of the Old 97 Lead  

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  • 5

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  • July 18, 2008 Great Music!!

    I find that this book is extremely helpful to me as I move forward with the banjo. I love learning new things and this book is great taking it step by step!!

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  • March 18, 2008 Didn't waste my money !

    This book was just what I needed, when I needed it. It is the necessary banjo information that I really needed to help teach myself as best I can. Easy to understand and to the point that I will be using it for a long time to just get better...

    and someday even reference. Thanks Janet Davis, I personally have not been able to find another book that covers this kind of material so well. It would surely be the help that would perpetuate me into banjodom if only I had a little bit of talent.

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