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Do not buy this book. Look, i'm fairly reasonable. I do the dishes if I don't cook. I wait in line patiently at the DMV. I ordered this book and was sent CLAWHAMMER Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus. I requested that the proper item be sent BLUEGRASS Banjo for the Complete ignoramus, and the clawhammer book was sent again. Now you might be thinking, but wait Jack, they are both banjo books. But know this, clawhammer is completely different from bluegrass. Learning one only slightly helps the other. It would be like getting a cooking book on italian food when you wanted one on Chinese food. Sure you will develop some basic cooking techniques, but you won't be able to make Chicken Lo Mein. The same goes for clawhammer vs bluegrass.
This was a birthday gift. Recieved on time but book cover was torn when I opened package. Package looked fine so I'm pretty sure it was torn when it was packaged. That's pretty crappie to pack a damaged product and ship it.
I did not like this book at all. I found the format to difficult to follow. I don't like jumping around to different pages for examples. See page etc. I also have Wayne's clawhammer book which I really liked, so I thought I would try this book for bluegrass and am not having much luck with it.
Those who gave this book a glowing review must be relatives of the author. This is one of the worst teach yourself banjo books I have ever purchased. This book can't hold a candle to Mel Bay's You can Teach Yourself Banjo. If you really want to learn to play the banjo, I would advise you to buy the Mel Bay book.
This is the first book I purchased to learn the banjo. I am very disappointed. After I ordered this book I found a couple of sites on the internet that offer free lessons. The content on the internet is so much better. There is a CD with the book but it is also poorly done. The author goes through the songs he put in the book on the CD but never says one word about what the song is or this is the roll I am playing or any explanation at all. The whole book and CD are poorly done. I would not buy them again. That has nothing to do with who I bought them from. I do recall the shipping was slow and it took almost 2 weeks to receive them.