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Acutab Publications

Acutab Publications offers a growing library of instructional bluegrass DVD titles, authorized tab books for top bluegrass pickers, banjo lessons with John Lawless, Sammy Shelor's stainless steel finger picks, and John Lawless' CD Five & Dime. We aim to provide enough information on the AcuTab offerings for you to choose whether they will be helpful to you in your pursuit of the music we all love. PlayBetterBluegrass.com proudly carries the full line of Acutab products and publications at discount prices.

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Ron Stewart AcuTab Fiddle DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Ron Stewart AcuTab Fiddle DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Ron Stewart is one of bluegrass music's most sought after fiddlers. He tours with bluegrass legend J.D. Crowe as a member of The New South, and is a top session player when new bluegrass projects are being recorded. On this 90 minute DVD release, Ron discusses his approach to playing bluegrass fiddle, and teaches a number of breaks he takes on recordings, as well as several of his own tunes.
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Rob Ickes Acutab Big Time Tabs - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Rob Ickes Acutab Big Time Tabs - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Learn Rob's solos from his celebrated solo CD, Big Time, featuring his Blue Highway bandmates. Every dobro break is transcribed in this second volume of AcuTab transcriptions featuring tabs for tunes in a variety of keys and styles.
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Knee Deep in Banjo - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Knee Deep in Banjo - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
This collection presents exact tablature transcriptions for all of the banjo solos and selected banjo backups from the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deep in Bluegrass—eleven pieces in all. Also includes quotes from the various artists.
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Masters of the Five String Banjo - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Masters of the Five String Banjo - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
By Tony Trischka and Pete Wernick Back in print! This 400+ page book includes interviews, transcriptions and other useful information on 68 important banjo pickers (Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, Bill Keith, Sonny Osborne, Bela Fleck and many more). Originally published in 1988, it has been in and out of print since that time. This valuable banjo resource is now available once again from AcuTab. Every banjo picker and serious student of the instrument should have a copy in their library!
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Knee Deep in Guitar - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Knee Deep in Guitar - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Guitar transcriptions for all the solos from Knee Deep in Bluegrass, the IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year for 2001! The guitar duties on Knee Deep in Bluegrass were handled by Kenny Smith and Tim Stafford, two of bluegrass music's most celebrated flat top artists.
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Tim Stafford AcuTab Transcriptions Vol. - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Tim Stafford AcuTab Transcriptions Vol. - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Through his work with many illustrious bands, Tim Stafford has gained the reputation of being one of today's top bluegrass guitarists. This book showcases his talent with transcriptions of all of the guitar solos from various albums.
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Kenny Smith Acutab Guitar 2 DVD's - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Kenny Smith Acutab Guitar 2 DVD's - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Three hours of wisdom and experience from one of bluegrass guitar's most celebrated practitioners - plus 7 great flatpicking tunes - in this 2-DVD set from AcuTab Video. Inlcudes 45 minutes on bluegrass rhythm alone, with tab booklet. Many pickers have described working with this dual disk set as being like having several private lessons with Kenny.
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Alan Bibey Acutab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Alan Bibey Acutab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
This 2 hour DVD video offers a detailed look at one of the most celebrated mandolinists of our time. Alan covers a number of important techniques and teaches a number of songs which he has recorded: Wild Fiddler's Rag, Evening Prayer Blues, Thanks A Lot, more. Includes tab/standard booklet.
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Adam Steffey - My Approach to Bluegrass Mandolin DVD's - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Adam Steffey - My Approach to Bluegrass Mandolin DVD's - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Adam covers how he approaches backup and soloing, and teaches 7 of his solos. 4 hour and 20 minutes on 2 DVDs - with booklet.
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Herschel Sizemore AcuTab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Herschel Sizemore AcuTab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Learn at the feet of a bluegrass legend! Bluegrass mandolin pioneer Herschel Sizemore demonstrates his unique style on 11 great mandolin tunes - five familiar fiddle tunes and 6 Sizemore originals. Alan Bibey is also featured, leading Herschel through a discussion and demonstration of the tunes and techniques. Tab/notation booklet included. 2 hour DVD.
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Wayne Benson AcuTab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Wayne Benson AcuTab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Learn 9 great tunes from this former IIIrd Tyme Out, and current John Cowan Band mandolinist on this new AcuTab DVD. Explore some new sounds and techniques, including alternatives to a chop rhythm and scale studies. Useful for any serious mandolinist - from advanced beginners to semi-pro players. A booklet with both tab and standard notation for each tune is also included.
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Learn To Play Banjo Lesson 1 - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Learn To Play Banjo Lesson 1 - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Your first banjo lesson! Get started on the right foot and start playing music you enjoy right away. Lesson 1 is designed for someone sitting down with a banjo for the first time, and explains how to tune and hold your banjo, and will teach you a few simple chords and melodies.
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Learn To Play Banjo Lesson 2 - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Learn To Play Banjo Lesson 2 - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Follows up on the basics presented in Lesson 1. Start learning the picking patterns that form the basis of bluegrass style banjo. Lesson 2 explains and demonstrates the basic right hand patterns, called rolls, and adds them to the simple melodies taught in Lesson 1.
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Learn To Play Banjo Lesson 3 - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Learn To Play Banjo Lesson 3 - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Builds on the material covered in Lessons 1 and 2. Learn some common left hand techniques and add them to your songs. Slides, hammer ons and pull offs are covered, and multiple drills are presented before adding them to songs.
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Learn To Play Banjo Set Lessons 1, 2 and 3 - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Learn To Play Banjo Set Lessons 1, 2 and 3 - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Includes Learn To Play Banjo Lessons 1, 2 and 3 in a 3 DVD set. D-LPB-1, D-LPB-2 and D-LPB-3.
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Power Pickin' Vol. I: Up the Neck Backup - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Power Pickin' Vol. I: Up the Neck Backup - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
A visual method for learning the basic techniques used to play bluegrass banjo accompaniment in up the neck positions. The material is presented in a step by step approach appropriate for all levels of pickers, and a tab booklet is included.
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Power Pickin' Vol. II: First Position Backup - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Power Pickin' Vol. II: First Position Backup - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
A step-by-step demonstration of the basic techniques and patterns used to play roll style bluegrass banjo backup in the open, or first position. Contains material of interest to both beginners and more experienced players alike.
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Power Pickin Vol. 3 Playing Backup Banjo in a Bluegrass Band - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Power Pickin Vol. 3 Playing Backup Banjo in a Bluegrass Band - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Bill Evans demonstrates effective banjo backup for 7 standard tunes, showing the techniques in detail, and also playing them with a band. A variety of keys, styles and tempos are demonstrated in this 2 hour DVD with examples of roll based backup, vamping and two finger techniques. Both up and down the neck backup are shown and a tab booklet is included.
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Power Pickin Vol. 4 Bluegrass Banjo Master Class - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Power Pickin Vol. 4 Bluegrass Banjo Master Class - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
A thorough anaylsis of crucial licks and techniques for bluegrass banjo featuring Bill Evans 2 Hour 20 minute DVD/tab booklet
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Steve Huber - Killer Tone - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Steve Huber - Killer Tone - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Steve Huber takes us through a detailed description of the parts of the banjo and how they affect tone, volume and playability. Steve also covers some of the most critical components of banjo set up. With careful attention to this video and a bit of trial and error, you can get the best possible tone from your banjo.
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Jim Mills AcuTab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Jim Mills AcuTab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Learn 12 great tunes as recorded by Jim Mills, a four time winner of the prestigious IBMA Banjo Player Of The Year Award. The tunes are selected from Jim's two solo projects as well as recordings he made with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. The tunes include some basic ones that a relative beginner could hope to master as well as a few that will challenge experienced pickers.
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Ron Block Acutab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Ron Block Acutab DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
There aren't many banjos players more widely heard, or who have performed before more people, than Ron Block. Working with Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1991, Ron's distinctive banjo sound has become nearly as much a part of the group sound as Alison's voice. Ron has taught in a limited number of worshops, but this is his first instructional DVD of any kind, offering a detailed look at his unique approach to the banjo.
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Ron Stewart Acutab Banjo DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Ron Stewart Acutab Banjo DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Ron Stewart has emerged in recent years as one of the most admired and influential banjos players in bluegrass music. His style is on display in this banjo DVD, where Ron discusses his thoughts on many aspects of professional-level banjo playing - like finding and playing the melody on a vocal tune and positioning/adapting the right hand for the best tone.
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Sammy Shelor Acutab Banjo DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Sammy Shelor Acutab Banjo DVD - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
This DVD offers a super glimpse into the style of one of bluegrass music's most highly-regarded pickers. Sammy spends time talking about creating solos, playing backup and getting the best sound out of your banjo. He also teaches a number of songs in a split screen format. Tab booklet included. Ernest T. Grass, Daddy's Dream, When You Go Walking After Midnight. The DVD also contains as a bonus, the 20 minute Huber banjos video catalog.
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Get to Know Your Acoustic Guitar - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Get to Know Your Acoustic Guitar - Bluegrass Books & DVD's
Noted guitar builder and repair specialist Marty Lanham of The Nashville Guitar Company gives an inside look at the flattop, steel string guitar. Learn how the guitar creates its sound, and what each component contributes to the tone - plus what you need to know about common repair and maintenance of your guitar. 2 hour DVD.
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