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.