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Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus (Book & CD set) Spiral-bound – 1 November 2004
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- Publisher : Native Ground Music, Inc.; Pap/Com edition (1 November 2004)
- Language : English
- Spiral-bound : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1883206448
- ISBN-13 : 978-1883206444
- Dimensions : 22.86 x 0.64 x 29.85 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 84,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm not a master musician or anything but I can play a bit on some stringed instruments but I found the idea of picking up a banjo very daunting. Mr Erbsen has done a wonderful job in this manual.He starts off by explaining the banjo and how to read banjo music and then presents a number of old folk songs with just enough history to spark your interest and at least five levels of difficulty for each song. The idea is that you start with the first song at a basic level and then play through the book and then come back and add levels of difficulty to your playing. At the end of the book he explains the rolls and other augmentation necessary for expert banjo playing.
You also get a CD and access to online audio - downloadable or streamed - with multiple recordings for each song that covers each level of complexity described in the book.
This book gives the beginner a place to start with banjo playing and makes it less daunting.
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Of course, having only had the book for a few weeks, I would still describe myself as an ignoramus, but I am certainly making progress with my playing. The format of the book is great - Wayne Erbsen takes a tune and gives the melody only; the "skeleton" as he calls it. Once you can play the melody, Mr Erbsen then gives flourishes, licks, rolls and patterns that you can put into the melody to spice up your playing. This is a great way of doing it and allows you to get playing quickly , then continue improving. When I have looked at other banjo tutorial books, which give the tab with the licks and rolls already in, I have found that much harder to follow.
There are 22 songs in all to learn so this book should keep me busy for a while yet.
The cd is clear and easy to follow too, but the book also comes with a link to download the audio from the internet.
Honestly very happy with this purchase, and I expect to be using it for quite some time until I've mastered all the songs. As recommended in the book, first trying to complete all the songs at "cool licks" level, and building up progressively.
You can start at the basic tab and then take the suggestions on how to improve on the accompanying page. The real perk of this is that every song is achievable to a beginner and it is through these licks that the difficulty is added on.
The song tracks that come on a CD can also be accessed online very easily following the guide attached to the book which means that this book is still very useful.