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Basic Music Theory for Banjo Players

Illustrated with Playing Examples for the 5-String Banjo

By Rick McKeon

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Illustrated with Playing Examples for the 5-String Banjo. Composed by Rick McKeon. Banjo: 5-String,Banjo: Clawhammer,Technique, Theory and Reference,Technique, Theory and Reference. Book and Online Audio/Video. 160 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.30671M).

Item Number: MB.30671M

ISBN 9781513460789. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This book is a "hands-on" approach to music theory with lots of playing examples for the banjo. Music theory does not have to be mysterious or difficult. In fact, taken a little bit at a time, it’s easy and fun! Each of the approximately 50 lessons in this book has a limited scope, but by the time you complete them, you will have a thorough understanding of the basics of music theory as applied to the banjo.

While a single book can't cover everything in so vast a subject, the author has tried to choose topics that will address the needs of most beginning banjo players. These include: scale theory, reading tablature and standard notation, key signatures, accidentals, transposition, time signatures and note values, intervals and chord construction, the three kinds of minor scales, pentatonic scales, and more. In addition, each chapter features playing examples and review questions to both test and clarify understanding of the materials presented.

Rather than proceeding from chapter to chapter, as each individual banjo player is likely at a different point in their musical journey, the reader is encouraged to “jump around and spend more time in those areas that interest you most.” The important thing about the journey is to begin.

Includes access to online audio and video.

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