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on 10 November 2012
I'd consider myself an intermediate banjo player, I have all the books. Im a bit divided on opinion on this one, if bought mainly for the cd backing with singing and to brush up on techniques its good. I think the beginner may get a little bored with the first half of the book, thats not to say it isnt good, theres plenty of variation and a tabular form with allows them to pick up on chime notes. Looking to it as a beginner I would say the CD accompaniment is a little messy and needs to be reworked - tunes fly straight in and some drills are half way across a track - maybe a more advanced laptop player might help with this. This said though all in all theres lots of variation, lots of tunes and a beginner would definately get to grips by the end of the book it is a very good book to go back to to brush up on techniques the section on melodic style is very good the CD lets it down - not for the content which is excellent - just the structure
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on 3 April 2011
I live in a little place in NSW Australia, there are no banjo tutor here.
My boys bought me a banjo for my birthday many years ago, cos I said I loved the thing, and how it made me feel.
Tried to make it work without much success, spent more than a few bob on books from overseas, especially America, cos those yanks know how to play bluegrass. Done my dough, only because I am dumb.
Packed up smokin and needed to occupy my mind and loose hands.
Bought this book on Amazon and "Well I think I am now a banjo player". Why? cos I found I could understand each page, and I practice every day. It must be good, my wife has not packed her bags,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Yet
Good pickin boys and girls

Tony
Woy Woy
Australia
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on 21 September 2013
Like the simplicity of information in the book, particularly for complete novice. Am being inspired by the accompanying CD and am hoping to start playing soon. Would recommend for someone with no or little experience of banjo and playing as a first book.
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on 4 July 2013
Very thorough intoduction to 5 string banjo.I 'm still ploughing my way through it,but it is very easy to understand as are various other instruction books/DVD's by Fred Sokolow which I have Bought over the years.
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on 20 March 2016
Excellent for starters, easy instructions but make no mistake - lots of practice required. Good advice for the beginner and some for the more progressed player.
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on 25 March 2016
I've been playing G Banjo for 40 years and never knowingly played a note of Bluegrass. Everything a wannabe Bluegrasser needs is in this book.
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on 27 August 2013
Superior in all respects to the others in this vein.
Much more music and tab examples and a very good cd.
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on 4 February 2016
Great book with easy to understand instructions
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on 18 March 2015
Delivery, packaging and product all good.
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on 17 November 2014
just the job
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