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You Can Teach Yourself Banjo

By Janet Davis

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Banjo (5-String) - Beginning
Composed by Janet Davis. Perfect binding, Methods. You Can Teach Yourself. All Styles. Book/DVD Set. 116 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.94429DP).

Item Number: MB.94429DP
ISBN 9780786667703. All Styles. 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. The book comes with accompanying video.

  • It's Fun 
  • The Banjo 
  • Lesson 1A: Tuning the Banjo 
  • Lesson 1B: Holding the Banjo 
  • Lesson 1C: The Right Hand 
  • Lesson 1D: Picking the Banjo 
  • Lesson 1E: Tablature 
  • Rhythm 
  • Lesson 2: Roll Patterns 
  • The Basic Roll Patterns 
  • Lesson 3: Chords 
  • Lesson 4: Using the Forward-Roll Pattern 
  • The Forward Roll 
  • "Bile Dem Cabbage Down" 
  • Lesson 5: "The Old Gray Goose" 
  • Variation: Using the Pinch 
  • Lesson 6: The Forward-Reverse Roll 
  • "The Old Gray Goose" 
  • Lesson 7: "Worried Man Blues" 
  • Lesson 8: "Mountain Dew" 
  • Lesson 9: The Backward Roll 
  • Lesson 10: The Mixed Roll 
  • "Good Night Ladies" 
  • Lesson 11: Left-Hand Techniques 
  • The Slide 
  • Lesson 12: The Pull-Off 
  • Lesson 13: The Hammer 
  • Lesson 14: "Cripple Creek" 
  • Lesson 15: Melodic Style 
  • "Cripple Creek" 
  • Lesson 16: "Blackberry Blossom" 
  • Lesson 17: "Cumberland Gap" 
  • Lesson 18: Playing Up the Neck 
  • "Cumberland Gap" -- Part B 
  • Lesson 19: Adding an Ending 
  • "Cumberland Gap" -- Part C 
  • Lesson 20: The G Lick 
  • The Right Hand 
  • The Left Hand 
  • Both Hands 
  • "Wildwood Flower" 
  • Lesson 21: G Lick #2 
  • The Foggy Mountain Lick 
  • "Train 45" 
  • Lesson 22: G Lick #3 
  • Pull-Off Lick 
  • Lesson 23: D Lick #1 
  • The Salty Dog Lick 
  • "Salty Dog" 
  • Lesson 24: Combining Licks 
  • "Sunnyvale Breakdown" 
  • Lesson 25: D Lick #2 
  • Partial D Chord 
  • "Wabash Cannonball" 
  • Lesson 26: D Lick #3 
  • "John Hardy" 
  • Lesson 27: Using Alternate Licks 
  • Lesson 28: Up the Neck 
  • The D Lick 
  • Lesson 29: Quarter Notes 
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" 
  • Lesson 30: G Lick #4 
  • "Down the Road" 
  • Lesson 3l: "Pig in a Pen" 
  • Lesson 32: G Lick #5 
  • "Sally Goodin'" 
  • Review 
  • Lesson 33: Roll-Pattern Variations 
  • "She'll Be Coming Around the Moutain" 
  • Lesson 34: Harmonics 
  • "Grandfather's Clock" 
  • Lesson 35: Using a Capo 
  • "Old Joe Clark" 
  • Lesson 36: The F Chord 
  • "Little Maggie 
  • Lesson 37: "Old Man at the Mill" 
  • Lesson 38: "Pretty Polly" 
  • Lesson 39: D Lick #4 
  • "Shady Grove" 
  • Lesson 40: Fretting the Fifth String 
  • "Banjo Signal" 
  • Lesson 41: The Choke 
  • Lesson 42: Melodic Style 
  • What Is a Scale? 
  • Melodic Style? 
  • Lesson 43: The G Major Scale 
  • Lesson 44: Fiddle Tunes 
  • "Devil's Dream" 
  • Lesson 45: "Turkey in the Straw" 
  • Lesson 46: "Blackberry Blossom" 
  • Lesson 47: "Flop Eared Mule" 
  • Lesson 48: "Sugarfoot Rag" 
  • Lesson 49: "Buffalo Gals" 
  • Lesson 50: "Buffalo Gals" 
  • Lesson 51: "Wildwood Flower" 
  • Lesson 52: Chord Positions 
  • The F Position 
  • The D Position 
  • The Barre Position 
  • Just for Fun... More Exercises 
  • Lesson 53: Working from Chord Positions 
  • Lesson 54: "Two Little Boys" 
  • Lesson 55: Waltz Time 
  • "Amazing Grace" 
  • Lesson 56: "Silent Night" 
  • Lesson 57: "Home on the Range" 
  • Lesson 58: C Tuning 
  • "Soldier's Joy" 
  • Lesson 59: D Tuning 
  • "Reuben" 
  • Chord Charts 
  • Major Chords 
  • Minor Chords 
  • Locating Chords Without a Chart 
  • Summary 
  • Start 
  • Tuning the Banjo 
  • Tablature 
  • Roll Patterns 
  • "The Forward Roll" 
  • "The Backward Roll" 
  • "The Forward Reverse Roll" 
  • The Mixed Roll" 
  • Chords 
  • Bile Them Cabbage Down 
  • The Old Grey Goose 
  • The Backward Roll 
  • Backward Roll / Bile Them Cabbage 
  • Goodnight Ladies - Mixed Roll 
  • Left Hand Techniques 
  • The Pull Off / The Hammer 
  • Cripple Creek 
  • Melodic Style 
  • Cripple Creek Melodic Style 
  • Blackberry Blossom 
  • Blackberry Blossom A & B 
  • Cumberland Gap 
  • Licks 
  • The G Lick 
  • G Lick #2 
  • G Lick #3 
  • Train 45 
  • End 

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  • May 13, 2008 Outstanding value!

    This book is very well written and the DVD makes it even easier to understand. I learned more in a few days from this book than I did in a whole year using other books. Buy it, you definitely won't regret it!

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  • December 31, 2007 Son happy with gift

    My son was very pleased with this product and couldn't wait to start using it.

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  • July 28, 2004 Excellent!

    This seems a perfectly structured approach. Each lesson is small enough to be learned in one good sitting, but progresses quickly to build real songs. The DVD is invaluable and complements the book exactly. No filler... all songs are genuine, and become more complex in each lesson. High marks!

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