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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.
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.
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!!
I found serious errors with this book. For example the fingering for a C chord is wrong; shows using only two fingers when all other sources show using three. Makes me wonder what other errors this book contains I seriously this would be a good book the teaching banjo to beginners.
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.
It says it is available on kindle for PC but when i try to open it on there, it says it is not available on kindle PC. that is an issue because I now only have my phone screen to practice on and that is not convenient. Also, if the video and audio discs are not included with the kindle purchase, they did not make that clear, but if it is included, I didn't receive them as far as I am aware. If these issues were cleared up it would be 5/5