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The title of this book means literally the ABSOLUTE beginner. I suppose if you never picked up a banjo in your life then this could be of some use. It tells you the parts of the banjo, where to hold your hands and a few basic rolls. And, that's about it. Much better is the bluegrass banjo for dummies book, by the same author. The dummies book starts with the very basic but include much more information and techniques that you will quickly need as you learn. You will not "grow out of" the dummies book but you will certainly grow out of the absolute beginners book in about 2 weeks. Once you begin to progress, I highly recommend the Earl Scruggs 5 string banjo book!
Okay, the title says it all "Absolute beginners'. When I bought this I was an absolute beginner. However, the first half of the book is just totally asinine. I don't need a full page telling me that this is the neck, this is a fret, this is a tuning peg. I am sure most people when they buy a banjo do so because they want to learn to play and are aware this is a stringed instrument with different bit to it. Thankfully I also bought Wayne Erbsen's 'Bluegrass banjo for the ignoramus' which is excellent and for an adult, entirely appropriate.
I was pleased with the order arriving promptley. However I did not like the cd much it had no vidio so you had to follow the book not easy when you are new to banjos .Pictures are clear and cord chart id useful.