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I purchased this book and one other, Bluegrass Banjo for Complete Ignoramus, just after purchasing my banjo. At the time I was not expecting to take lessons. I read this book but I haven't used it for practice. For informational purposes it seems well organized. After using the other book, free on-line exercises, and subsequently beginning private lessons I feel this book is not organized in the best manner for a complete beginner. The video and sound files are available on-line, I would have preferred an enclosed DvD because I live in a semi-remote area that does not have cable or DSL internet access. Streaming data with a mifi device is painful at times due to data limits and download speeds. The sound files can be downloaded. I can go to the library to view the video files but the they are flash based and not downloadable. To date I have not been able to get permission to play my banjo in the library while viewing the videos. ;-}