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Complete Bluegrass Banjo Method

By Neil Griffin

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Banjo (5-String) - Multiple Levels
Composed by Neil Griffin. Wire bound, Methods. Complete. Bluegrass. Book/CD Set. 244 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.93345BCD).

Item Number: MB.93345BCD
ISBN 9780786665211. Bluegrass. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

One of the very best G tuning five-string bluegrass banjo methods available! The book teaches how to pick out tunes single-string style (one note at a time), how to play chord accompaniment, and how to play solos in the full three-finger, bluegrass style. Topics include note and tab reading, chord background styles, traditional bluegrass techniques, fills and endings, use of the capo, rolls, slides, hammers, pull-offs, choking, harmonics, and up-the-neck playing. In notation and tablature. The CD includes acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, and a rhythm track as well as the 5-string banjo. All songs and most exercises are included in this teaching recording, performed at a tempo that the student should be able to maintain in short order.

  • Part One 
  • About Part One 
  • The Author 
  • Left-Hand Position 
  • Right-Hand Position and Fingering 
  • The Picks 
  • The Quickest Way to Learn 
  • Music-Reading Section 
  • The Rudiments of Music 
  • Other Musical Signs and Terms 
  • Tuning the Banjo 
  • Reading Tablature 
  • Time Values of Notes and Rests 
  • Counting Time in Tablature 
  • Counting Time 
  • Playing Songs on the First, Second, and Fifth Strings 
  • Playing a Song on the Second and Third Strings 
  • Chord Background 
  • The Chord Symbol 
  • The Basic Chords 
  • Down and Up Strumming 
  • Pinching the Chords 
  • Melody and Pinch Chords Together 
  • Chromatics 
  • Key Signatures 
  • Counting Review 
  • 3-Finger Picking Section 
  • Counting Bluegrass Style 
  • The Basic Rolls 
  • Forward Rolls 
  • Backward Rolls 
  • Thumb-Alternating Rolls 
  • Rolls on the D and D7 Chords 
  • Combination Rolls 
  • Daily Practice Patterns 
  • Right-Hand Patterns 
  • The Basic Banjo Picking Effects 
  • Fills and Endings 
  • The Capo 
  • Solo Section 
  • The Banjo and Its Parts 
  • Part Two 
  • Foreword 
  • Chord Studies 
  • Mixing the Major Chord Forms 
  • The I, IV, and V Chords 
  • The I, IV, V, I Progression 
  • Other Movable Chord Forms 
  • The Dominant Seventh Chord  
  • The Diminished Seventh Chord  
  • The Augmented Seventh Chord 
  • Right-Hand Chord Background Patterns 
  • Blues & Boogie Back-Up Section 
  • Blues Rock Back-Up 
  • 5-String Boogie 
  • Melodic Thirds and Sixths 
  • Melodic Thirds and Sixths Mixed 
  • Blues-Rock Chorus 
  • Melodic or "Chromatic" Picking 
  • Advanced Solo Song Section 
  • Chord Diagrams for Solo Section 
  • Circled Tab Numbers 
  • The Choke 
  • Chimes