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Introduction to Bluegrass Banjo

By Eddie Collins

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Introduction to Bluegrass Banjo composed by Eddie Collins. For Banjo (5-String). Squareback saddle-stitched, Methods. Bluegrass. Beginning. Book/2-CD Set. 112 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20993BCD).

ISBN 9780786672905. Bluegrass. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This book is designed to aid the novice attempting to learn the 5-string banjo using 3-Finger Style, where the strings are picked by three fingers (thumb,index and middle) of the right hand. Upon completing this volume, you will have learned how to combine left-hand notes with right-hand patterns so as to perform bluegrass style solos and back-up. You will also have the foundation needed to explore other styles of music, such as blues and jazz. No prior knowledge of music or any musical instrument is needed to learn from this method. Enough detail is given to allow the beginner to fully grasp each concept. In addition, exercises are designed to facilitate a gradual increase in the student's understanding and dexterity. When a new concept is presented for the right hand, the left hand performs previously learned tasks. Likewise, a new left-hand technique is demonstrated with familiar right-hand patterns. This instructional technique is used throughout the text.