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on 28 October 2015
I learned to play the 5 string almost 50 years ago using this book... So bought it out of pure nostalgia. Have no idea how well it would stand up to the mass of competing instruction books these days, but I still love its chatty nature and the coverage of so many styles... I'd say it was a necessity on every banjo players book shelf.
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on 8 June 2010
Bearing in mind this book was originally written in 1948, it is, by the author's own admission, a little dated, even in it's 2002 revised edition. Nevertheless, it is the perfect introduction to that older-style of banjo playing so often heard on re-released folk-music recordings. If you want to learn "modern" bluegrass-style banjo picking, this possibly wouldn't be the publication of first choice, but if you want a good all-round introduction to "how it used to be done" you'll probably not find a better book, especially at the price.
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on 25 August 2017
A must for 5 string banjo players players. Good to mix Pete's up picking style with regular clawhammer.
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on 17 March 2015
I bought a copy of the Pete Seeger banjo tutor in 1959. It was the only tutor around then, now there are hundreds - but this is still the best one!!!
Full of useful advice, and glorifies the music, not the writer.
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on 7 April 2018
Just struggling with chapter 1 !
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on 13 February 2016
As expected.
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on 3 July 2016
Wonderful book, highly recommend to beginners on the 5 string banjo x
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on 26 July 2015
very good value and helped me to play quite quickly
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on 13 March 2002
If you have a clear idea of what style of banjo you want to learn, e.g. clawhammer or bluegrass, then there tutor books around which are probably better suited to your needs. However, as an introduction to the world of the 5-string banjo Pete Seeger cannot be beaten. The book has all the technical basics for a variety of playing styles, plenty of tunes to get started on and loads of charm.
The web offers a wealth of (free) resources in the form of tab or words to just about any song a banjo player would care to learn. However, there could be no better introduction to the music and folklore of the banjo than Pete Seeger's book. This book should be the one everyone starts on.
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on 20 March 2011
This book isn't a little dated - it's an antique. The tablature is difficult to follow and badly written by hand. Ok, it's "charming" but if you're serious about playing forget it. There are various bizarre items such as how to saw the fingerboard if you want to lengthen it. Why in the name of all that's wonderful would any sane person do such a thing? It also tells you how to make a banjo bag out of cloth. Actually Pete says you should get your wife or girlfriend to make it! I don't know anyone who would carry round a banjo in a cloth bag. No hold it. I do. The same people who would saw the fretboard. I suspected that Pete Seeger was a few sandwiches short of a picnic when he attacked Bob Dylan's electric guitar cables with an axe. This book merely confirms my suspicions. By the way, Seeger wasn't a particularly great banjo player - so why would you want to learn from him. There are loads of really good tutors on the market. Try Bluegrass Banjo Basics and Beyond by Dennis Caplinger and leave this load of rubbish well alone.
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