Absolute Beginners: Banjo
The complete picture guide to playing the banjo, using clear pictures and illustrations for every step! Covers parts of the banjo, stringing the banjo, holding the banjo; tuning; the G, D7 and C chords; playing your first songs; right-hand techniques, including using a pick, and the alternating-thumb roll; reading banjo tab; and much more. Includes a picture chord appendix of the first twelve chords, and a pull-out chart showing chords on one side and parts of the banjo on the reverse. The 44-track CD includes tuning notes, demonstration tracks, and accompaniment tracks for all songs, both with and without the banjo part. Songs in this book include Man of Constant Sorrow, Skip to My Lou, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Cripple Creek and Long Journey Home (many songs included in both easy and more difficult versions.) Author Bill Evans writes for the Banjo Newsletter and hosts banjo camps in the Nashville area. See www.nativeandfine.com for more information. ©2007, Book & CD, 40 pages.