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Author Evans, Bill, 1956- author

Title Bluegrass banjo for dummies / Bill Evans
Published Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (x, 324 pages) : illustrations, music
Series For Dummies
--For dummies.
Contents Title Page; Table of Contents; Introduction; About This Book; Icons Used in This Book; Beyond the Book; Where to Go from Here; Part I: Getting Started with Bluegrass Banjo; Chapter 1: Bluegrass Music and the Banjo; Uncovering Banjo History; Bluegrass Banjo Yesterday and Today; Joining In: Jams, Festivals, and Camps; Becoming a Bluegrass Banjo Player; Chapter 2: Finding the Perfect Bluegrass Banjo and Getting the Gear You Need; Identifying Different Kinds of Banjos; Recognizing a Great Bluegrass Banjo; Taking It with You: Essential Gear
Adding Soul with Bending TechniquesChapter 7: Getting Bona Fide: Playing Licks and Classic Tunes; Playing and Using Licks; Playing Classic Songs; Chapter 8: Working Up Your Own Scruggs-Style Solos; Finding the Melodies; Matching Rolls to Melodies; Adding Fretting Techniques to Solos; Assembling Solos from Licks; Heading Up the Neck to Play Solos; Part III: Playing in the Band: Backup Essentials; Chapter 9: Getting Started: Playing Down-the-Neck Backup; Using Basic Roll Patterns in Backup; Using Two-Measure Forward Rolls in Backup; Mixing Backup Techniques; Playing Fiddle-Tune Backup
Chapter 10: Taking It Higher: Playing Up-the-Neck BackupMapping Out Up-the-Neck Chords; Using Vamping in Up-the-Neck Backup; Making It Hot with Up-the-Neck Picking; Part IV: Progressive Banjo: Melodic and Single-String Styles; Chapter 11: Melodic-Style Banjo; Understanding Melodic Technique; Playing Melodic Tunes in G; Playing Melodic Tunes in C, D, and A; Chapter 12: Single-String Banjo; Understanding Single-String Technique; Playing Single-String Tunes; Part V: Keeping Your Banjo in Top Shape; Chapter 13: Setup Essentials: Getting the Best Sound from Your Banjo; Setting Up for Great Tone
Chapter 3: Hitting the Ground Running: Tuning, Reading Music, and Making ChordsTuning In; Reading Chord Diagrams and Tablature; Understanding Chord Progressions and Song Forms; Chapter 4: Fretting and Picking; Fretting and Forming Chords; Preparing to Pick; Picking with Patterns: The Pinch; Part II: Let's Roll! Scruggs-Style Banjo Essentials; Chapter 5: Picking Techniques: Roll Patterns; Playing Roll Patterns; Using Roll Patterns in Songs; Chapter 6: Fretting Techniques and Putting the Hands Together; Heading into the Slide; Bringing Down the Hammer-on; Perfecting the Pull-off
Perfecting Your Banjo's PlayabilityChapter 14: All Strings Considered: Choosing and Changing Strings; All About Banjo Strings; You Can Do It! Your Complete Guide to String Changing; Part VI: The Part of Tens; Chapter 15: Ten (Or So) Groundbreaking Bluegrass Banjo Players; Earl Scruggs (1924-2012); Don Reno (1927-1984); J.D. Crowe (1937- ); Veronica "Roni" Stoneman (1938- ); Bill Keith (1939- ); Tony Trischka (1949- ); Murphy Henry (1952- ); Béla Fleck (1958- ); Alison Brown (1962- ); Jens Kruger (1962- ); Kristin Scott Benson (1976- ); Noam Pikelny (1981- )
Summary "Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies is the definitive guide to mastering the most popular banjo-playing skills and techniques. If you've always wanted to strum and pick a five-string, but never knew where to start -- or if you'd like to polish your bluegrass licks -- this book provides the instruction you'll need to take your playing to a new level. The accompanying online video and audio instruction helps drive home the key points, and makes for a great interactive experience to brush up on your roll patterns, picking, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and a whole lot more!"-- provided by publisher
Notes Includes index
Print version record
Subject Banjo -- Methods (Bluegrass)
Genre/Form MUSIC / Musical Instruments / Strings.
Methods (Music)
Methods (Music)
Methods (Music)
Bluegrass music.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1119004268 (electronic bk.)
1119004292 (electronic bk.)
9781119004264 (electronic bk.)
9781119004295 (electronic bk.)