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Banjo Instruction

Learn how to play banjo with our great selection of banjo instruction books, videos and DVD’s. Every title is discount priced and most ship the same day. Find the right banjo instruction method for you to learn to play banjo at PlayBetterBluegrass.com. The banjo is truly an American instrument and has been popular for years and in various styles of music. Now you can learn to play banjo too!

Banjo Books

Banjo tabs and banjo books for less at PlayBetterBluegrass.com. Every banjo tablature and instruction book is discount priced and most ship the same day. Most banjo books are written in tablature, which is a visual approach to playing the banjo that tells you which strings to play and which fret to hold down, rather than indicating actual note names. Tablature can be used for any tuning. Right hand finger usage can also be indicated as well as techniques like slides, pull-offs, etc.

Banjo Books
Banjo DVDs

Take banjo lessons in the comfort of your home with a banjo DVD from PlayBetterBluegrass.com. A DVD is a great way to take a banjo lesson because, unlike a live lesson with an instructor, you can rewind and replay sections that you did not quite understand. Many of the DVD’s are also in split screen so you can see a close up of the right and left hand. The price of taking a banjo lesson on DVD is a slight fraction of a lesson with a banjo instructor and you can view it over and over again.

Banjo DVDs
Banjo Music

Learn your favorite banjo music and banjo songs with our great selection of banjo songbooks. All of our banjo music songbooks are written by highly qualified instructors with proven and tested arrangements of your favorite banjo songs. Most of the banjo songs are written in tablature, rather than musical notation. Banjo tabs are a form of notation that shows the player which strings to pick and which frets to hold down with the left hand.

Banjo Music
Banjo Tabs

Banjo tabs is short for banjo tablature, which is a method of music notation that has been around for many years. Banjo tablature shows you which string to pick, which fret to hold down and (sometimes) which finger to use on the right hand. Banjo tabs can also show techniques like pull-offs, slides and hammer-ons. There are quite a few free banjo tab sites on the internet, but many are of questionable quality. All of our banjo tab books are written by highly qualified instructors with tested arrangements. A free banjo tablature is not a good deal if it causes you confusion and wasted time.

Banjo Tabs
Clawhammer & Frailing

Clawhammer is a method of playing the five-string banjo. Unlike Scruggs style, where strings are picked individually using the thumb, index and middle fingers, clawhammer playing has the melody string picked downwards with the nail of the index or middle finger, followed by a strum using the same nail, after which the shorter fifth string is picked using the thumb. Frailing banjo style is closely related to clawhammer and both are widely used among old-time players.

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Bluegrass Banjo Pack
Bluegrass Banjo Pack
All Star Bluegrass Jam Along for Banjo (Book/CD) This fabulous collection features 21 must-know tunes, played and arranged for the most popular bluegrass instruments by some of the genre's leading artists. A basic solo states the bare melody followed by a more adventurous improvisation. The audio CD provides the solos and multiple rhythm tracks, performed at moderate tempo, for easy play-along. This great series will help build repertoire and help learners get their licks in shape so they can shine in their next performance or jam session. Bluegrass Banjo Tunes & Techniques (DVD) A top player teaches how Earl Scruggs and the other bluegrass masters get their distinctive sound. Tony Trischka teaches and analyzes ten essential bluegrass tunes. Bonus: Audio backup tracks for great practice sessions. Early intermediate level. Includes tab. 90 minutes.
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Tony Trischka Banjo Bundle Pack
Tony Trischka Banjo Bundle Pack
Includes the book/CD pack Tony Trischka Teaches 20 Easy Banjo Solos (00699056) and the DVD Classic Bluegrass Banjo Solos (00641567) in one money-saving pack.
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Bluegrass Banjo
Bluegrass Banjo
Thirty-five songs offering a complete exploration of bluegrass music. Including music theory, tips on performance, bluegrass ensemble playing, backup playing, and a wealth of banjo lore. For beginners and advanced players.
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Earl Scruggs and the Five String Banjo
Earl Scruggs and the Five String Banjo
The best-selling banjo method in the world! Earl Scruggs's legendary method has helped thousands of banjo players get their start. The Revised and Enhanced Edition features more songs, updated lessons, and many other improvements.
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You Can Teach Yourself Banjo
You Can Teach Yourself Banjo
Written in tablature, this straightforward, easy-to-understand method teaches rolls, chords, bluegrass banjo techniques, playing up the neck, licks, endings, and other basic information. Play-along CD and DVD features Janet Davis' teaching and lively banjo performance. .
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Teach Yourself Bluegrass Banjo
Teach Yourself Bluegrass Banjo
Teach yourself authentic bluegrass, with clear instructions from a professional. A section also includes personal advice on performance. Plus a complete section of the best bluegrass songs and tunes to learn from. B/w photos.
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Complete Bluegrass Banjo Method
Complete Bluegrass Banjo Method
One of the very best G tuning five-string bluegrass banjo methods available! The book teaches how to pick out tunes single-string style (one note at a time), how to play chord accompaniment, and how to play solos in the full three-finger, bluegrass style. Topics include note and tab reading, chord background styles, traditional bluegrass techniques, fills and endings, use of the capo, rolls, slides, hammers, pull-offs, choking, harmonics, and up-the-neck playing. In notation and tablature. The audio includes acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, and a rhythm track as well as the 5-string banjo. All songs and most exercises are included in this teaching recording, performed at a tempo that the student should be able to maintain in short order. Includes access to online audio.

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Murphy Method Beginning Banjo Vol. 1
Murphy Method Beginning Banjo Vol. 1
If you've never played banjo before, this is the place to start! Learn the basics of Scruggs-style three-finger bluegrass banjo picking. No Tab! Each tune is explained note-by-note. Banjo in the Hollow, Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, John Hardy. (1 hour, 50 mnutes) Download from PlayBetterBluegrass.com !
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Murphy Method Beginning Banjo Vol. 2
Murphy Method Beginning Banjo Vol. 2
Build on what you learned in Volume One. More advanced tunes teach the harder basic licks. Move up-the-neck to play several tunes. No Tab. Includes Foggy Mountain Breakdown (high break), Lonesome Road Blues, Old Joe Clark, Salt Creek, and Fireball Mail. (1 hour 45 minutes) Download from PlayBetterBluegrass.com !
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The Complete 5-String Banjo Player
The Complete 5-String Banjo Player
Written by Tony Trischka, one of the leading authorities in banjo education, The Complete 5-String Bluegrass Banjo Player sets the standard for bluegrass banjo instruction from beginning to advanced. From holding the banjo and reading tablature to melodic banjo style and standard bluegrass repertoire, this book is the definitive guide to learning authentic bluegrass technique. The audio CD includes demonstration tracks of the music examples, techniques, and songs.
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O Brother Where Art Thou?
O Brother Where Art Thou?
This stellar collection contains banjo tab arrangements of 12 bluegrass/folk songs from this Grammy-winning Album of the Year. Plus lyrics and a banjo notation legend.
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A Banjo Player's Guide to Jamming
A Banjo Player's Guide to Jamming
This book will show you what you need to know to sit in on a hot jam session. Geared toward beginner and intermediate players, it covers playing chords, including which ones to play and when to play them. You'll also discover how jam sessions work and how to act in a session, along with advice on practicing at home.
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Up The Neck DVD
Up The Neck DVD
A superb instructional DVD for five-string banjo dealing with the 5th through the 22nd fret Chapters on roll patterns, chords, songs, licks, chord progressions, arranging songs, improvising, melodic style, chromatic style, chromatic style, back-up, and much more! n
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Essential Practice Techniques for Banjo
Essential Practice Techniques for Banjo
Here's a lesson that's a must-have for bluegrass banjo players at all levels. This nuts-and-bolts practice session is designed to help players improve their timing, strengthen their hands and play with precision, power and rhythmic sophistication. 50-MIN VIDEO. ∑ LEVEL 2 ∑ INCLUDES MUSIC + TAB
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O Brother Where Art Thou?
O Brother Where Art Thou?
This stellar collection contains banjo tab arrangements of 12 bluegrass/folk songs from this Grammy-winning Album of the Year. Plus lyrics and a banjo notation legend.
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Sammy Shelor Acutab Banjo DVD
Sammy Shelor Acutab Banjo DVD
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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Steve Huber - Killer Tone
Steve Huber - Killer Tone
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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Learn To Play Clawhammer Banjo - 2 DVD Set
Learn To Play Clawhammer Banjo - 2 DVD Set
Grab your five-string banjo and get ready to frail! Bob covers all the basics of traditional clawhammer style in this 2 DVD set. Download now from PlayBetterBluegrass.com!
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Clawhammer Banjo Two DVD Set
Clawhammer Banjo Two DVD Set
This two-DVD set covers the fine art of clawhammer banjo. David Holt is considered one of the finest players and teachers of old-time clawhammer banjo. Start with the fundamentals including right & left hand technique in Lesson 1. Lesson 2 covers advanced techniques including thumb rolls. Lesson One: 60-MIN DVD - INCLUDES TAB - EARLY INTERMEDIATE LEVEL. Lesson Two: 55-MIN DVD - INCLUDES TAB - INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
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