Art Rosenbaum's Old-Time Banjo Book
Banjo: Clawhammer - Multiple Levels
Forty-seven Old-Time 5-String Banjo Tunings and Picking Styles. Composed by Art Rosenbaum. Squareback saddle stitch. Methods. Book/2-DVD Set. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.30494DP).
Item Number: MB.30494DP
ISBN 9780786686025. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.
Art Rosenbaum is one of America's foremost performers and teachers of traditional five-string banjo playing. He has a long-time interest in the myriad old-time tunings that give breadth and richness to mountain and old-time banjo picking, and has learned first-hand from old-timers in the South and Midwest. Pete Seeger (whose pioneering book How to Play the Five-String Banjo gave Art his start in the 1950s) praised the inclusion of 23 tunings in Art's 1968 Oak Publications book Old-Time Mountain Banjo. This book and 2-DVD set doubles (plus one!) that number of tunings. Art groups the tunings into "families" and shows how they can be used, with various picking styles, in playing banjo tunes and string band music and in song accompaniment. Experienced players will broaden their knowledge of unusual and interesting tunings and styles, and novice players can get started with "common" tunings for easy pieces like "Cripple Creek" and "Shout Lulu"-the first tunes many old-timers learned. 240 minutes.
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