Mel Bay Complete Bluegrass Banjo Method (Book + Online Audio)

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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.


Part One

About Part One

The Author

Left-Hand Position

Right-Hand Position and Fingering

The Picks

The Quickest Way to Learn

Music-Reading Section

The Rudiments of Music

Other Musical Signs and Terms

Tuning the Banjo

Reading Tablature

Time Values of Notes and Rests

The Time Signature

Counting Time in Tablature

Counting Time

Playing Songs on the First, Second, and Fifth Strings

Playing a Song on the Second and Third Strings

Chord Background

The Chord Symbol

The Basic Chords

Down and Up Strumming

Pinching the Chords

Melody and Pinch Chords Together


Key Signatures

Counting Review

3-Finger Picking Section

Counting Bluegrass Style

The Basic Rolls

Forward Rolls

Backward Rolls

Thumb-Alternating Rolls

Combination Rolls

Rolls on the D and D7 Chords

Daily Practice Patterns

Right-Hand Patterns

The Basic Banjo Picking Effects

Fills and Endings

The Capo

Solo Section

The Banjo and Its Parts


Part Two

Chart of Banjo Tunings


Chord Studies

Playing in the Higher Positions

Mixing the Major Chord Forms

The I, IV, and V Chords

The I, IV, V, I Progression

Other Movable Chord Forms

The Dominant Seventh Chord

The Diminished Seventh Chord

The Augmented Seventh Chord

Right-Hand Chord Background patterns

Blues & Boogie Back-Up Section

Blues Rock Back-Up

5-String Boogie

Melodic Thirds and Sixths

Melodic Thirds and Sixths Mixed

Blues-Rock Chorus

"Melodic" or "Chromatic" Picking

Advanced Solo Song Section

Chord Diagrams for Solo Section

Circled Tab Numbers

The Choke





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