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Riverboat Banjo For Tenor Or Plectrum Banjo (Book)

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The banjo is an instrument with a flavor and character all its own. It is a "homegrown" American instrument and the various styles of banjo music reflect periods in this country's history. Riverboat Banjo is a glimpse into one such period. The songs are arranged to recapture the vitality and happiness found in the music played on riverboats. The songs, arranged for solo and accompaniment, may be played by tenor, 5-string or plectrum banjo. The style of banjo music contained in this book is quite infectious. Standard notation only.



At A Georgia Camp Meeting
At The V.P. Fair
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
Civil War Medley
Dear Old Girl
Give My Regards To Broadway
Going South
Listen To The Mocking Bird
My Gal Sal
Oh! Dem Golden Slippers
Ring The Banjo
Southern Fried Banjo
The Entertainer
The Stars & Stripes Forever
The Wabash Cannonball
There'll Be A Hot Time
There's A Tavern In The Town
Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie
When The Saints Go Marching In
You're A Grand Old Flag

Rawhide And Other Blistering Banjo Favorites

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Rawhide and Other Blistering Banjo Favorites (featuring "Hazel Creek," the Murphy Method theme song): Show-off time! Once in a while there comes an occasion when you need to strut your banjo stuff, play as fast as you can, and wow all listeners. (Perhaps after a fiddler has just thrown down the guantlet with “Orange Blossom Special.”) That’s when you open up your bag of tricks and pull out one of these tunes.

“Rawhide” has long been known as a mandolin showpiece but it has a blistering banjo solo. (The bridge also introduces some funky new chord positions.) “Bluegrass Breakdown,” sister to “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” can also be cranked up to maximum velocity with good effect. The slightly calmer “Theme Time” leaves room for inventiveness or hitting it straight on, while “Hazel Creek,” the song you hear at the beginning of most of our banjo DVDs, starts off slow and then kicks into overdrive.

All of these tunes feature advanced up-the-neck playing, giving your hands and mind quite the workout. When you’re ready to astound or if you’re just feeling frisky, hammer down on one of these. No Tab.

Bluegrass Breakdown, Theme Time, Rawhide, and Hazel Creek. (2 hours)

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Banjo Books

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Picturing The Banjo. Like new condition. $25.00
Masters of the 5 String Banjo. Very good condition w/ inscription. $50.00
$2.00 for book rate shipping.

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Complete Tenor Banjo Method

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The finest tenor banjo method available, this text represents Mel Bay's own approach to fundamental musicianship for those desiring to play tenor banjo. This book is the standard by which others are judged. Easy-to-understand and thorough in its approach, this method addresses both melody playing and chord strumming. Through numerous studies, folk songs and several duets, students are systematically introduced to the various notes and positions on the tenor banjo fretboard. Photos of the fretboard fingertips aid in learning the proper hand positions. Once in two volumes, this method is now presented it its entirety in this single comprehensive edition. In notation only. Tuned for Mandola.


"Dark Eyes"
A Duet In G Mazas
A Visit To The Relatives
Aunt Rhody
Aura Lee
Austrian Hymn
Beautiful Dreamer
Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
Careless Love
Carry Me Back To Old Virginia
Chanson Triste Tschaikowsky
Cielito Lindo
Colonial Waltz
Country Gardens
Creole Memories
Double Trouble
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
Duet In B Major
Duet In D Minor Mazas, Arr: Mel Bay
Folk Song
Follow The Leader
Happy Frets
Hatik Voh
How Can I Leave Thee
Lazy Evening Mel Bay
Long, Long Ago
Melody In F Rubenstein
Minuet In D Arr: Mel Bay
On Wings Of Song Felix Mendelssohn, Arr: Mel Bay
Playtime Pleyel
Prelude Opus 28 No. 20 Frederic Chopin
Rhumba Mel Bay
Romance Mazas
Romance Mazas
Serenade Mel Bay
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
Sparkling Stella
Sultana Arr: Mel Bay
Sweet Betsy From Pike
The Banjo March
The Blue Tail Fly
The Old House Mel Bay
The Speedway
The Volga Boatman
The Wayfarin' Stranger
Third Avenue
Tie Waltz
Traumerei Robert Schumann
Triplet Duet
Waltz From The Poet And Peasant Overture
Waltz In A-Flat J. Brahms, Arr: Mel Bay
Witchcraft Mel Bay
Yankee Doodle Mel Bay

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Keith Banjo Tuners For 1St & 4th Strings

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i have had these for a while now and still have not mounted these on a banjo so i'm figuring that i must not need them that bad LOL!!....so here they are for sale...please notice that these are for strings 1 & 4 and not strings 2 & 3.....if i played a lot that involved d-tuning all 4 strings then i would keep them but i don't but maybe you do? $160.00 + $7.00 shipped anywhere within the continental u.s.a....thanks

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Banjo Backup For Fiddle Tunes

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Banjo Backup for Fiddle Tunes: Playing backup to a fiddle is one of the "funnest" things a banjo player can do! No pressure, you just hang around in the background doing simple roll patterns. But what rolls do you use? Casey and Murphy tell you (and show you) all about it in this brand new DVD. Did you know you could back up "Sally Goodwin" with just two licks? Sure you can! Of course, you can make it harder and they show you that, too. With these newly acquired skills--plus a few other licks--you are ready to back up "Turkey in the Straw", "Old Joe Clark", and "Leather Britches".

Fiddle champ Megan Lynch plays the fiddle parts and is now the Queen of Playing the Fiddle Slowly! She also joins Casey and Murphy for some up-tempo playing as they demonstrate the skills taught here on a variety of tunes including "Cherokee Shuffle" and "Sugar in the Gourd". Bonus footage includes Murphy and the Fabulous Fletcher Bright ripping through some amazing banjo and fiddle tunes as only two seasoned performers (and close friends) can. As always, everything is explained note-by-note and played v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. No guesswork! No Tab.

Sally Goodwin, Turkey in the Straw, Old Joe Clark, Leather Britches, and more, including bonus footage with Fletcher Bright. (99-minutes)

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Banjo Practice Aid-Companion Stand

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Players are giving us excellent feedback on this product! Check out the forums for what people are saying. Don't let the weight of your banjo affect your playing. Perfect for practice, long jam sessions or banjo camps! Check out our website below.

Made by banjo players for banjo players, it is the first accessory of its kind to relieve 100% of the banjo's weight while in the seated position, with no straps or mechanisms attached to the banjo. The lightweight, compact design allows free range of motion while playing and makes it easy to take to jams or banjo camps. Give your playing a boost! Order your Companion Stand today at www.companionstand.com

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Beyond Vamping: Fancy Banjo Backup

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Beyond Vamping: Fancy Banjo Backup: Ho-hum. Yawn. Bored with vamping? Wish there was something you could do to spice things up? There is! This DVD starts off with a couple of simple vamp decorations and then moves on to those fancy backup licks you hear on record. We don’t just teach you the licks, we show you how to put them into songs. All taught note-for-note. Backup will never be boring again! No tab.

Many backup licks and full backup patterns to: I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes, Bury Me Beneath The Willow, Titanic, and Will The Roses Bloom. (These backup licks also fit many other songs with the same chord patterns.) (2 hours, 30 minutes)

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Customer Comments

"I started on your Backup Video last night. It is WONDERFUL and exactly what I need. I love the way you are teaching it. I have wanted to learn this material for so long. It had become SO TIRING just to vamp, even though I did learn to slide back and forth between the different positions." -Martha in Georgia

"By no means am I an expert. I got your DVD on Beyond Vamping and it has to be the world's greatest training video. Casey you outdid yourself. Thanks for making it easier to play the banjo. Every one should own it. So Thanks Again!" -Ron in Maryland

"Casey and Murphy…you have really done it this time!!! Got my Beyond Vamping: Fancy Banjo Backup DVD for Father’s Day. It is GREAT!!! It is exactly what I have been looking for…instruction on how to plug in back up licks. All the other books and DVDs are long on teaching the mechanics of playing licks while being very short on instruction as to where and how to put them into songs. While I have practiced most of these licks for a while, I have had limited success in actually using them in my playing or jamming. This DVD starts simple and immediately gives practical practice application with the play along and songs. It then builds into more complex licks I have been dying to learn and use. I have about 8-10 of your DVDs that have helped me immensely from playing by ear to learning individual songs. This DVD provides an important bridge in my banjo pursuit and I cannot recommended it highly enough, Thanks a bunch." -Jim (via the blog)

New - Scruggs-Style Fiddle Tunes By Casey Henry

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Scruggs-Style Fiddle Tunes - Some tunes lay out really easily on the banjo and some just don’t. These six popular fiddle and flatpicking tunes do NOT lay out particularly easily on the banjo. But over her years of teaching, Casey has developed these very playable, Scruggs-style arrangements, and her students have successfully learned them. If you jam with fiddlers or guitar and mandolin pickers who play these tunes you need this DVD!

Red-Haired Boy, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Cherokee Shuffle, Angelina Baker, Forked Deer, St. Anne’s Reel (Over 2 hours.)

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Jam Session Standards

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Jam Session Standards: Not a beginner but want to check out learning by ear? Start here! All songs explained note-by-note. Also great for Murphy Method students who have completed the Big Three (Beginning Banjo Vol. 1 and 2 and Misfits) and are ready to move on to something slightly harder. And finally, a way to answer all those requests for “Rocky Top”! These songs are considered bluegrass standards almost everywhere. No Tab.

Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Salty Dog, Mountain Dew, Dueling Banjos, Rocky Top.

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High Breaks And Backup

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High Breaks and Backup: Bored with playing on just the first five frets? Looking for something more lively? Head up the neck to learn these high breaks to five singing songs. We also show you how to add a cool (and different) backup lick to each song. And as a bonus, we throw in a boogie-woogie vamp pattern. No Tab.

(This DVD works best if you’ve been through the Misfits DVD. Helps a lot, too, if you know "Lonesome Road Blues" and the high break to "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Again, just a suggestion!)

Two-Dollar Bill, Mountain Dew, Worried Man, Do Lord, I Saw the Light. (1 hour, 50 minutes)

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Old Time Stringband Workshop For Clawhammer Banjo (Book)

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Old Time Stringband Workshop for Banjo is one in a set of four books, each with a matching collection of 40 traditional type fiddle tunes arranged to develop ensemble and jam session playing skills with other acoustic instruments, as well as to expand your repertoire of tunes. The music is presented in Tablature with annotations for playing techniques and variations. A bonus arrangement of Star of the County Down is available as a free download. See http://www.melbay.com/21762.

Book $19.99
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About the Authors
Playing the Tunes
Angeline the Baker - D (Hoedown)
Barlow Knife - G (Hoedown)
Bill Sullivan’s Polka - A (Irish Polka)
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine - D (March)
Cold Frosty Morn - A dorian (Hoedown)
Colored Aristocracy - G (Hoedown/Rag)
Ebeneezer - G (Hoedown)
Flop Eared Mule - D/A (Hoedown)
Flowers of Edinburgh - G (Reel)
Green Willis - D (Hoedown)
Growling Old Man - A dorian (Hoedown/Reel)
Haste to the Wedding - D (Jig)
Hob Dye - G (Hoedown/Misc. Tune)
Jenny Lind Polka - D/G (Polka)
Kaiser’s Waltz - D (Waltz)
Kincora Jig - G (Jig)
Little Dutch Girl - A (Hoedown/Reel)
Little Rabbit - A (Hoedown)
Liza Jane - A (Hoedown/Reel)
Lost Goose - A mixolydian (Hoedown/Reel)
Margaret’s Waltz - A (Waltz) by Pat Shaw
Mike’s Hornpipe - G (Reel/Hornpipe) by Jane Keefer
Nixon’s Farewell - D (Hoedown) by Curt Bouterse
Off She Goes - D (Jig)
Old Mother Flanagan - G (Hoedown)
Peeler Creek Waltz - G (Waltz)
Ragtime Annie - D/G (Rag/Hoedown)
Road to Lisdoonvarne - E dorian (Jig)
Robinson County - D (Hoedown)
Rock the Cradle Joe - D (Hoedown)
Rocky Mountain Goat - D (Hoedown/Reel)
Santa Anna’s Retreat - A dorian (Hoedown)
Staten Island Hornpipe - D (Reel/Hornpipe)
Swedish Waltz - D/G (Polska)
Take Me Back to Georgia - C (Hoedown/Rag)
Tar River - A (Hoedown)
Tater Patch - A mixolydian (Hoedown)
Texas - A mixolydian (Hoedown)
Walking in the Parlor - D (Hoedown)
Western Country - D (Hoedown)
Arrangements Ordered by Playing Level

Power Pickin' Vol. 3: Playing Banjo Backup In Bluegrass DVD

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Bill Evans demonstrates effective banjo backup for 7 standard tunes, showing the techniques in detail, and also playing them with a band. A variety of keys, styles and tempos are demonstrated in this 2 hour DVD with examples of roll based backup, vamping and two finger techniques. Both up and down the neck backup are shown and a tab booklet is included.


Casey Henry Christmas Custom Lesson Collection

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Casey Henry Christmas Custom Lesson Collection: For the first time--a DVD filled with Christmas tunes for the banjo! Casey Henry has pulled together a collection of her custom lessons featuring some popular holiday classics. The breaks range from beginner through intermediate to slightly more advanced, so no matter your playing level, there will be something here for you. Please note, this is NOT a regular Murphy Method studio-produced DVD, but six of the custom lessons Casey records on her home computer. The production quality is lower, but the instruction quality is just as high!

Joy to the World, Silent Night, Christmas Time's a Comin', Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Greensleeves

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Old-Time Favorites For Clawhammer Banjo

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This book and accompanying audio include popular and lesser-known old-time tunes for the clawhammer banjo. This book is a followup to Dan Levenson's Old-Time Festival Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo (MB20313M ) and includes 62 more tunes of varying difficulty. Old favorites as well as new additions are presented, including many time-tested standards. The material is presented in standard notation and basic/advanced tablature. Suggested chords are also included to help you along the way. Fiddle players will enjoy the companion to this book, Old-Time Favorites for Fiddle and Mandolin (MB30225BCD), which shares the same basic standard notation. Includes access to online audio.

eBook+Online Audio $19.99


About the CDs
About the Tunes
About Written Music
Reading the Tablature
A Final Note of Encouragement
And the Cat Came Back
Angelina Baker
Arkansas Traveler
Bitter Creek
Black Hills Waltz
Bob Tailed Mule
Bonapart’s Retreat - Wm. H. Stepp version
Booth Shot Lincoln
Briar Picker Brown
Cluck Old Hen
Cold Frosty Morning - modal - Henry Reed; Mel
Durham version
Cold Frosty Morning - major - Melvin Wine
The Cuckoo
Cumberland Gap
Doctor Doctor
Duck River
Ducks on the Millpond
(Mr.) Fishar’s Hornpipe - 3 part version
Folding Down the Sheets
Forked Deer
Great Big Taters in A Sandy Land
Grey Eagle
Johnson Boys
Katy Hill
Little Dutch Girl
The Merry Blacksmith
Mississippi Sawyer
(Wooliver’s) Money Musk
Old Belle Cow
Opera Reel
Over the Waterfall
Polly Put the Kettle On
Push the Pig’s Foot a Little Further Into the
The Rattlesnake
Rock the Cradle Joe
Sal’s Got Mud Between Her Toes
Salt Creek - aka Salt River
Salty River Reel
Shady Grove - modal version
(Doc Robert’s) Shortnin’ Bread
Soldier’s Joy
Spotted Pony
Step Around Johnny
Sugar Hill
Three Thin Dimes
Three Way Hornpipe
Waiting For the Federals - aka Seneca Square
Walk Along John to Kansas
Walking in the Parlor
West Fork Gals
(There is a) Wild Hog in the Woods
Wild Horses at Stony Point
Wooden Nickel
The Year of Jubilo - aka Lincoln’s Gunboats
Yellow Barber
Y. Z. Hamilton’s Special Breakdown
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New Beginning Banjo 3 (High Definition)

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New Beginning Banjo 3 (High Definition): Learn to play higher on the neck. Learn some new chords. Tackle some bluegrass classics. Yes, the tunes are harder but you are ready for them! Go for it!

Foggy Mountain Breakdown (high break), Old Joe Clark, Lonesome Road Blues, Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Salt Creek.

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Banjo Newsletter - 222 Back Issues Including First Issues

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Lot of 222 Banjo Newsletters in very good condition starting with the premier issue in 1973 (76 issues from the 1970’s, 130 from the 1980’s, and 17 from 1990 through 2000’s).

$222 or best offer

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Frets Magazine 119 Issues Including Premier Doc Watson Issue

Lot Of 2 Rarer CDs/ Dock Boggs & Snuffy Jenkins $30

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dock boggs country blues - this one alone retails used for around $30 when you can find it

snuffy jenkins pioneer of the bluegrass banjo

dock boggs has built in "booklet" about his life - he was "some" banjo picker - told a story about being in a truck / out of gas / not his home town / stopped and got out his banjo - and about 500 people gathered to listen to him --- I forgot how much money he raised (like $2000) which was incredible in the 1920's - my grandma said .50 cents was a like a wagon wheel ---- so an unadvertised "road concert" gained him that much money ---- he must have been really incredible!!!!

Lot Of 2 Banjo Bach John Bullard CDs $15.00 Includes Shippin

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Lot Of 9 Bluegrass JD Crowe Used CDs $50 Shipped Media

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New Beginning Banjo 2 (High Definition)

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NEW Beginning Banjo 2 (High Definition): Still keeping it easy. Familiar songs make it fun. Lots of exciting new licks. Plenty of familiar licks. More easy improv. We’re already teaching you to jam. Chords, ending licks. Some of the most important banjo licks ever are taught here. Don’t skip this one!

Foggy Mountain Breakdown, I Saw the Light, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Do Lord, John Hardy.

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Banjo And Chord Reference Wall Chart

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Full-size wall chart featuring chords and notes on the fretboard for banjo in G tuning. Major, minor, 7th, maj7, min7, 6, 9, augmented and diminished chords are shown. Chords are shown in a Circle of 5ths progression. Chord fingerings are color coded to show proper finger placement. By Janet Davis.


Tim Weed - Milagros

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MILAGROS is a collection of classical compositions written for the 5-string banjo. This entirely original music is performed masterfully, with baroque, romantic, chromatic, modern, Spanish, and exotic influences and exploits the unique capabilities and stretches the boundaries of the instrument. At once contemporary and classic, this music is bursting with fresh melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic ideas.

The audiophile recording magically captures the rich, warm tone and takes you on an emotional journey into the private world of this 5-string banjo virtuoso.

"Milagros is a fascinating, wonderful CD, we love it!" - Bob Boilen, NPR

Total Time: 51:20

Morro Glen
Hymn To Gila
Granada Vox
Lonesome Shack
Concerto In E Flat
Colloquium: Dark & Light

Tim Weed - Banjo & Sevan (On Haiku)

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Murphy Method New Beginning Banjo In High Defintion

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Our New Beginning Banjo DVDs have been updated, expanded, and re-recorded in High Definition (HD)! We now offer three volumes of Beginning Banjo DVDs. Each song now includes the vamp chords and an ending lick. Taught by Murphy Henry with son Chris Henry on guitar. All songs are taught by ear and there is no tablature or written music.

The best possible way to learn to play the banjo!

Package Includes:
New Beginning Banjo 1 (Banjo in The Hollow, Boil Them Cabbage Down, Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap, Blue Ridge Cabin Home)

New Beginning Banjo 2 (Foggy Mountain Breakdown, I Saw the Light, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Do Lord, John Hardy.)

New Beginning Banjo 3 (Foggy Mountain Breakdown (high break), Old Joe Clark, Lonesome Road Blues, Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Salt Creek.)

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Easy Songs For Banjo

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Easy Songs for Banjo - So now you're wanting to venture past the basic banjo tunes. You want to learn the more popular, well-known songs. People are asking if you can play “that song from the Beverly Hillbillies.” Now you can! These arrangements make it easy. They also introduce you to some important new chords: A, B, and E. Singing and chording included.

Old Home Place, Nine Pound Hammer, Salty Dog, Ballad of Jed Clampett, Amazing Grace, and a high break to the standard bluegrass G-C-D-G chord progression (used in Blue Ridge Cabin Home)

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Vamping - Beginning Banjo Backup

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Vamping - Beginning Banjo Backup: Vamping? "And just what is vamping?" you ask. Good question! When you vamp on the banjo you play four-finger chords to accompany someone who is singing or playing a solo. Vamping is a must for playing with other people. On this DVD we show you how to make the vamp chords (G, C, D, F, Em) and how to use them to play along with all the tunes on Beginning Banjo Vol. 1 and 2. Vamping brings you one step closer to improvising and is the foundation for the fancy backup you hear on recordings. Plenty of slow playing so you can play along. Use this DVD after you have learned 4 or 5 songs. No Tab.

Intro to Vamping, backup to Cripple Creek, Banjo In The Hollow, Cumberland Gap, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, John Hardy, Old Joe Clark, Lonesome Road Blues, and Fireball Mail (1 hour 55 minutes)

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Banjo Chord Encyclopedia

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This book presents an extremely comprehensive collection of 5-string and plectrum banjo chord forms for G and C tunings. Beginning with C and proceeding chromatically through B, every possible inversion of every chord, from basic triads to thirteenth chords are shown in easy to read diagrams. To aid in comprehension of chord construction, every chord is shown in root position in standard notation. A general review of hand positions, general technique, bridge adjustments, strings, and use of the capo is provided in the last few pages. Illustrated with pencil drawings, diagrams and photographs.

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New Beginning Banjo DVDs From The Murphy Method

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Our New Beginning Banjo DVDs have been updated, expanded, and re-recorded in High Definition (HD)! We now offer three volumes of Beginning Banjo DVDs. Each song now includes the vamp chords and an ending lick. Taught by Murphy Henry with son Chris Henry on guitar. All songs are taught by ear and there is no tablature or written music.

The best possible way to learn to play the banjo!

Package Includes:
New Beginning Banjo 1 (Banjo in The Hollow, Boil Them Cabbage Down, Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap, Blue Ridge Cabin Home)

New Beginning Banjo 2 (Foggy Mountain Breakdown, I Saw the Light, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Do Lord, John Hardy.)

New Beginning Banjo 3 (Foggy Mountain Breakdown (high break), Old Joe Clark, Lonesome Road Blues, Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Salt Creek.)

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Dynamics Of Banjo Sound

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Is an adventure into the many interrelated aspects of banjo sound. Banjo owners, players and repair people can benefit from the wealth of knowledge the Tom Nechville has put into this volume. The results of Nechville's lifetime of banjo experimentation are compiled here in a clear, straightforward way. Tom offers setup secrets and common sense answers to your banjo questions to make your banjo sound and play the way you want it to.

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Dynamics of Banjo Sound

Introduction Chapter One - Evaluating a Banjo

First Impression

Chapter Two - How Banjos Work

Unwanted Non-Musical Resonance
Tone Ring and Rim Combination
Neck Woods
The Bridge
Break Angle

Chapter Three - Warming Up Your Banjo

Bridge Weight
String Slots
Bridge Height

Chapter Four - Heading for Great Sound

Remo Heads
5-Star Heads
Heading My Way
Head Tightening
Heading for Tradition
Heading for Expression
Electric Heads?

Chapter Five - "Magic" Bridges

Chimes and Bell-like Tone
Bass Response
Wide Sound

Chapter Six - Tailpiece Adjustments

Types of Tailpieces

Chapter Seven - Tone Rings

Aluminum-Bodied Banjos
Old-time Tone Rings
Spun Tone Rings
The Mastertone Rings
Archtop Tone Rings
Flat Head Tone Rings
Problems with Tone Rings
Cyclotronic and Timbre-Tronic Tone Rings

Chapter Eight - Don't Crank Those Rods!

The Flux Capacitor

Chapter Nine - Fine Tuning Your Neck (and Other Intonation Secrets)

Bridge Placement
Neck Bow and Truss Rod Adjustment
Fine-Tuning the Nut
Touch Up the Frets

Chapter Ten - Step-by-Step to Professional Banjo Set-Up
Chapter Eleven - How to Play the Banjo
Appendix - Notes from the Author
About the Author
Nech-tology 101, A Glossary of Nechville Terms

Banjo For Misfits

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Banjo for Misfits - Okay, so banjo playing is kicking your butt. It's so hard. All the songs are so fast. And you’ve never heard any of them before. Now learn to play some songs you recognize. Songs that sound good slow. Songs your friends can sing along with. Designed especially for adults who are new to bluegrass. Start this one after the first two songs on Beginning Banjo Vol. 1. No Tab.

Most of the songs on this DVD are also taught on New Beginning Banjo 1 or New Beginning Banjo 2, so we have permanently discounted this disc and download to half price.

Boil Them Cabbage Down, I Saw the Light, Worried Man, Do Lord, and Two-Dollar Bill. (1 hour, 50 minutes)

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