Stress-Free Banjo

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Product Overview

Format: Softcover & Online Video

Level: Beginning

ISBN: 978-15134-6593-7

This book together with the 21 online video lessons will give you everything you need to get started. You will learn about tuning the banjo, right and left-hand techniques, reading tablature, the basic banjo rolls, playing with solid timing, embellishments that add life to your playing, a little bit of music theory, how to play backup and jam with other musicians, and 10 excellent beginning level songs. Rick has taught hundreds of banjo students over the past several decades, and he knows how to get you playing quickly. Includes access to online video. ©2020, 72 pages


Chapter 1. The Basics
Tuning the Banjo 
How to Read the Tablature 
Fretting for a Clean Sound
Practice Routine Suggestions
Chapter 2. Basic Roll Patterns
Basic Roll Patterns
Licks and Runs
Chapter 3. Embellishments
Introduction to Embellishments
Slides [S]
Pull-Offs [P]
Brush, Roll-Off [B]
Double Stops, Double Slides
Hammer-Ons [H]
Chapter 4. Chord Construction
Three Basic Chord Forms 
Modifying the Three Basic Forms
Movable Chords
Chapter 5. Songs
Cripple Creek
Do Lord
Froggy Went A-Courtin’
Hard Times Come Again No More 
Shall We Gather at the River
Two Dollar Bill
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Crawdad Song
House of the Rising Sun
Chapter 6. Speed Building
Everybody Wants to Play Fast!
Chapter 7. Playing with Others
Jamming Protocol
Backup Banjo
Meet the Author