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The Banjo Primer Deluxe is an OUTSTANDING choice for beginner banjo players - even those that have dabbled in it already. I originally used a DVD course that was ok and tried youtube, but Geoff Hohwald's is a MUST. I am an experienced guitar player and always wanted to try banjo. This course starts out explaining everything you SHOULD know first (i.e. the parts of the banjo itself, how to attach a strap, proper posture, tuning, banjo care, proper positioning of your hands/fingers for correct technique and efficiency, etc.) Other courses will jump right in and have you picking away without taking the necessary time to give you this important education about the instrument. He also provides you with a fantastic set of tips on "how to practice" - these tips apply to any instrument and I wish I had these at my disposal when I learned guitar! Worth the price alone. Seriously. I learned so much faster and more accurately as well. My playing cleaned up and flowed naturally. The Banjo Primer breaks down learning the banjo in simple, easy to follow steps at a very slow and manageable pace. Then in small intervals he speeds each one up gradually. Bit by bit, note by note you then begin to piece together full measures in sequence until eventually you are playing an entire song from start to finish. Then, and only then, does Geoff challenge you with 5 different speeds of backing tracks to jam along with a bluegrass band. He proves that ANYONE (any age, gender or experience) can play the banjo and play it well. If you have the ambition and follow along patiently, there is no doubt you'll be picking away like a pro in a very short amount of time with this course. I still can't believe how inexpensive it is for what you get. Loads of fun! Highly recommended.
I love this book! You not only get the music book but you also get 2 play along CD'S and a DVD to watch and learn. I've played the banjo before in my late 20's I'm now 67 years old. If you have any interest in playing the BANJO, despite your age, I highly recommend this course. One thing I really like on the DVD is the guitar and mandolin accompaniment. I laugh every time I get to play with other musicians. All you ever need is patience and practice. Do not, I repeat, do not be intimidated! In no time you will be laughing along with me as you play along with the DVD, and at the progress you will be making!
Really love this book, after buying many books or finding different videos this one is my favorite. The teacher Geoff is very nice and reminds you to be patient and keep going. Following the instructions makes so much sense and he explains how to do something, and counts out when your going to start, then as he plays the notes appear at the bottom with an indicator on the notes that are being played with. Because of this its very clear to play along with him. Everything is quite nice and I am really glad I found this free on amazon prime, but purchased it anyways because I wanted my own copy. Geoff has a website with additional books, one that is prior to this one that I've also found super helpful where its got a lot of tracks at different speeds so that you play along. I find it all very relaxing and satisfying to play along with the book.
First all let me state this to get it out of the way, this is a book. I can tell it is a book because it has pages and a cover. Like most books I read it left to right top to bottom. The words are big enough to be easily read. There is a dvd and a cd that are included with the book. The dvd contains video lessons that back provide a visual and aural reinforcement of the concepts the author is trying to convey. I do not recommend this book if you are looking to make bread but it seems to work quite well if you are wanting to learn how to play the banjo.
This style of learning worked very well for me, and there's a great selection of songs. Geoff's arrangements of Black Mountain Rag, Kickin' Mule, and Little Maggie are 3 of my favorite tunes to play. I do wish the audio tracks had the up-the-neck parts included, as I've downloaded them to my phone and it's easier for me to learn when I can hear the song on repeat. It's fine to replay the video to listen to the high parts though. Love that the specific exercises are laid out for each song. Highly recommend this book for beginners.
I recently got my first banjo- I already play a little guitar and ukulele- and was looking for a beginning book that would allow me to learn banjo at my own pace. This book/video/CD is terrific! It starts out slow and detailed and progresses step by step until you are playing whole pieces in a matter of days. As a music teacher I am well aware that starting out with good habits is essential when learning a new instrument. The book and practice CD allow you to practice as much or as little as you want, while the video shows you exactly how to play correctly. I'm really enjoying learning and playing my banjo. My progress after only a week is amazing. Thanks for a wonderful product.
The DVD that accompanys this book is very informative and easy to follow. If you follow course and do all the exercises, you will be playing in no time. I love how each lesson progresses through exercises, to each song at a slow speed, then gradually taking you up to speed. It also really helped me get my slides and hammers down to sounding right.
I started to use another beginner book and wasted three months trying to learn the banjo. A lot of the things I wanted to learn were not in this book, but I found on YouTube. Once I received this book, I threw the other one away. Not only does Banjo Primer teach me everything I wanted to learn, but I'm also being taught by the same person I kept going back to on YouTube !!!!! Yes, Geoff Hohwald is the on the video and explains everything clearly and concise. I recommend this book very highly!!
This is an excellent Edition for those wishing to learn to play the Banjo. It is very well illustrated and has one DVD along with two jam CD's. I purchased this book for my husband, who simply loves banjo music and who is managing to a degree, at this early stage, to follow Geoff Hohwald's instructions, which are clear & concise. I am now finding myself wanting to learn to play the banjo. We live in New Zealand & wish to thank Geoff Hohwald personally for replying to my e-mail and giving me info. on where to purchase this book from, that being through: www.amazon.com. USA. (Their service & communication was excellent). Geoff Hohwald's Video and CD's demonstrate to me, that he is a very clever and talented man who willingly shares his knowledge in a way that is comprehensible to most English speaking people.
I never held a banjo before and decided one day I must have one and that I was going to learn how to play. Thanks to this easy instructional book and DVD I can now play 4 songs in just a couple months. The big bonus is the CD with backup music so you can play along with the band! It allows you to progress in speed at different BPM for each song. I highly recommend this book/DVD Set for anyone wanting to learn how to play the banjo.