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You Can Teach Yourself Banjo

By Janet Davis

Banjo (5-string) - Beginning
Composed by Janet Davis. Squareback saddle-stitched, Methods. You Can Teach Yourself. All Styles. Book and online audio/video. 116 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.94429).

Item Number: MB.94429

ISBN 9781562220013. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This is the ideal beginner's book, presenting the basics of the 5-string banjo in a way that is both fun and easy. Janet Davis takes you on an extensive tour of this instrument's fundamental techniques, as well as some intermediate possibilities including rolls, chords, bluegrass banjo techniques, playing up the neck, licks, endings, and other basics needed to play bluegrass and melodic-style banjo. Thorough performance notes are provided from beginning to end, revealing the secrets of this versatile instrument.

  • Good Night Ladies 
  • Silent Night 
  • Flop Eared Mule 
  • Mountain Dew 
  • Soldier's Joy 
  • Sugarfoot Rag 
  • Wildwood Flower 
  • Amazing Grace 
  • Sally Goodin' 
  • Blackberry Blossom 
  • Lonesome Road Blues 
  • Train 45  
  • Bile Dem Cabbage Down 
  • John Hardy 
  • Little Maggie 
  • Old Joe Clark 
  • Two Little Boys 
  • Devil's Dream 
  • Grandfather's Clock 
  • Reuben 
  • Cripple Creek 
  • Pig In A Pen 
  • Wabash Cannonball 
  • Old Man at the Mill 
  • Shady Grove 
  • Down the road 
  • Salty Dog 
  • She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain 
  • Buffalo Gals 
  • Worried Man Blues 
  • Cumberland Gap 
  • Sunnyvale Breakdown 
  • Home on the Range 
  • Turkey In The Straw 
  • Banjo Signal 
  • Pretty Polly 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Greenville, NC
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  • 2008-02-12 00:00:00.0 the best out there

    My husband bought me this book and my first banjo two years ago. Janet Davis is a great teacher and takes you step-by-step through the process, from the very beginning of tuning your banjo, to playing songs fast (since I'm old, I'm not playing them too...

    fast yet). You can go as far as you want to with her teaching. I tried another instructional book by a different author a few months ago, and I couldn't read or understand any of it, and it didn't come with a cd or dvd, like Janet's do. But this book is very easy to learn from. I highly recommend it for anyone just learning to play. My only wish is that I could take lessons from her personally!

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  • 5

    Den Bosch, Holland
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  • 2007-10-17 00:00:00.0 Banjo greenhorn

    This is a great book to start with. Within a few hours of practice one can play some nice rolls already! And that's a lot for a Dutch greenhorn. Br Hugo

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  • 5

    j. stokes
    west monroe, louisiana
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  • 2003-04-29 00:00:00.0 a highly recommended book for beginners

    i bought a banjo, this book, and three finger picks one day at a music store. i had very little knowledge of bluegrass music and none of the banjo. i also had not a teacher. the only thing i had was what i told you earlier. with countinous study of...

    the book and 1 to 2 hours of practice about three to four days out of the week(i am a very busy student) i was playing foggy mountain breakdown(a kickbutt-tune every banjo player loves to play) in three months. one of the most wonderful things about the book is that it keeps you motivated and informed all the way through. Janet Davis is a wonderful teacher. she definitely has the teaching experience under her belt. the book is like a bag of chips....i just can't get out of it and away from the banjo! i just keep pickin' and grinnin!!!

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  • 4

    St. Louis, MO
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  • 2003-01-20 00:00:00.0 Love This Book!

    this book is a great guide for the beginner!

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