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First Lessons Banjo

Instrumental Work | Tuition

COMPOSER: Jack Hatfield
PUBLISHER: Mel Bay Publications
PRODUCT FORMAT: Instrumental Work
First Lessons on Banjo is an ultra-easy instruction manual for beginning five-string Banjo played in the three finger style in G tuning. It can be used by those with no previous experience with the Banjo or music of any sort.It is so basic it can be used even by small children. The book features
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Composer Jack Hatfield
Publisher Mel Bay Publications
Instrumentation 5-String Banjo
Difficulty Easy
Product Format Instrumental Work
Description Product Type Book and Media Online
Genre Method
Year of Publication 2015
Style Studies & Exercises
ISBN 9780786687268
No. MB99799M
Number of pages 32
Series FIRST LESSONS
Description

First Lessons on Banjo is an ultra-easy instruction manual for beginning five-string Banjo played in the three finger style in G tuning. It can be used by those with no previous experience with the Banjo or music of any sort.It is so basic it can be used even by small children. The book features very detailed descriptions of even the most basic aspects such as wearing the picks properly, the correct picking motion, and noting the strings properly.These are aspects that are so basic most manuals skip over them. There are many detailed photos, several from the player's point of view, not from in front of the Banjo.

First Lessons on Banjo covers themost basic rolls, the Alternating Thumb Roll and two Forward Rolls, the three basic chords plus the relative minor chord. All musical examples are presented in tablature, with the melody notes in boldface type so the student knowswhich notes to emphasize.

All arrangements include lyrics, which is very important to the novice who is trying to train the ear to hear the melody among the fill notes. Several tips and suggestions about the proper mentalapproach are included that will lead to playing by ear and arranging at an earlier stage in the student's development. There are also suggestions about developing the proper mental approach and about speed reading of tablature.These suggestions are not found in any other Banjo instruction book. The 'finale' arrangement is Cripple Creek, a popular Banjo standard that when mastered, should give the novice a great sense ofaccomplishment.

The accompanying audio download includes all tabbed examples, with the rhythm instruments and lead Banjo in separate channels. The songs are played at three tempos, the first tempo VERY slow, then a mediumtempo version, and finally at performing speed with Guitar, Mandolin and Bass accompaniment. The up- tempo accompanied versions are all together at the end of the recording so the final tracks can be used as a listening recording.
Song List
  • 1. Parts of the Banjo
  • 2. The Picks
  • 3. Tuning the Banjo
  • 4. Holding the Banjo
  • 5. Left Hand Position
  • 6. Right Hand Position
  • 7. How to Read Tablature, an Overview
  • 8. Practice Guidelines
  • 9. Lesson 1 Playing A Simple Melody From Tablature
  • 10. Using a Metronome, Left-Hand Finger Placement, GO TELL AUNT RHODY
  • 11. Lesson 2 Counting Time
  • 12. Lesson 3 The Pinch, GO TELL AUNT RHODY (with Pinches)
  • 13. Lesson 4 The Eighth Note, TOM DOOLEY
  • 14. Lesson 5 The Roll, The Alternating Thumb Roll
  • 15. Lesson 6 Playing a Song with the Alternating Thumb Roll
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