The Complete Tune Playing Toolkit for 5-String Banjo

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A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Traditional Melodies

Product Number: 30992M

Format: Softcover & Online Audio

IBSN: 978-15134-6812-9

This book is designed to be a “one-stop shop” for tune playing on the 3-finger style 5-string banjo. It contains the scales, techniques, and theory that you need to become an accomplished melody player, presented in a structured way to help you make the most of your practice time. These skills are then applied to a wide-ranging collection of 40 reels, jigs, polkas, and old-time tunes spanning the American, Irish, and Scottish traditions.

The Toolkit features over 100 downloadable audio tracks including exercises, examples and guitar backup for all of the pieces to ensure an enjoyable learning experience. Suggested accompaniment chords are also provided to facilitate jamming with friends. Written in banjo tablature almost entirely in gDGBD tuning, a few arrangements require single-string tuning alterations, and a capo is occasionally needed to play a whole step higher. Although written for the intermediate to advanced player, extensive right and left-hand fingerings are provided to facilitate the flow and ornamentation of these timeless melodies.

Includes access to online audio. ©2021, 104 pages


Tab Key 
Introduction and Explanation of Melodic and Alternate Picking Styles 
Technical Studies
Melodic Exercises – G Major, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic
Additional Scales – D and A Major, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic 
Melodic Style in Context – Wild Mountain Thyme, Amazing Grace 
Alternate Picking Exercises – G Major, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic 
Alternate Picking in Context – Arkansas Traveller, Flight of the Bumblebee 
Ornamentation – Triplets, Grace Notes, Slides 
Old-Time Tunes
Betty Likens 
Shove the Pig’s Foot 
Coal Harbour Bend 
Kitchen Girl 
Yellin’ in the Shoats 
Over the Waterfall 
Forked Deer 
The Boatman 
June Apple 
Cherokee Shuffle 
Red Haired Boy 
Squirrel Hunters 
Folk Tunes
The Milkmaid 
Anne Lacey’s 
The Hut in the Bog 
Gravel Walks 
Virginia Reel 
Sweeney’s Buttermilk 
Pigeon on the Gate 
Willie Coleman’s 
McIntyre’s Fancy 
The Black Rogue 
The Rolling Waves 
Dinny Delaney’s 
Mac’s Fancy 
Pull the Knife and Stick It Again 
Paddy Fahy’s 
Other Tunes
Off to California (Hornpipe) 
Boys of Bluehill (Hornpipe) 
Sonny Riordan’s (Polka) 
The Peeler’s Polka (Polka) 
Humours of Whiskey (Slip jig) 
Na Ceannabháin Bhána (Slip jig) 
Island of Woods (Air)