Starting Bluegrass Banjo continues the tradition of Oak methods, written with a dose of humor by contemporary folk musicians of the time. Author Robin Roller, a twenty-year veteran of banjo teaching and playing, has appeared with Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Jimmy Martin and many others. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Her book covers all of the basic information beginners will need to know on banjo - parts of the banjo, how to hold the banjo, picks, hand positioning, tuning, an introduction to banjo tab, the banjo roll, chords, and playing techniques. Roller also includes eight familiar songs - in banjo TAB - to play, from Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark, John Hardy and Red River Valley to She'll Be Comin Round the Mountain. Sections at the end of the book cover banjo maintenance, a discography and even a page of banjo jokes! The accompanying CD includes tuning notes, demonstration tracks for many of the exercises, and all eight of the songs from the book. Throughout, this book features clear easy to read diagrams and helpful photos. ©2007, Book & CD, 48 pages.