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
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