• New in Print and eBook - Stress-Free Banjo

    Stress-Free Banjo

    FENTON, MO — Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has announced the release of Stress-Free Banjo - Everything You Need to Get Started, by Rick McKeon.

    This book together with the 21 online video lessons will give you everything you need to get started. You will learn about tuning the banjo, right and left-hand techniques, reading tablature, the basic banjo rolls, playing with solid timing, embellishments that add life to your playing, a little bit of music theory, how to play backup and jam with other musicians, and 10 excellent beginning level songs.

    Rick has taught hundreds of banjo students over the past several decades, and he knows how to get you playing quickly. Includes access to online video.


    • Chapter 1. The Basics
    • Tuning the Banjo
    • How to Read the Tablature
    • Fretting for a Clean Sound
    • Practice Routine Suggestions
    • Chapter 2. Basic Roll Patterns
    • Basic Roll Patterns
    • Licks and Runs
    • Chapter 3. Embellishments
    • Introduction to Embellishments
    • Slides [S]
    • Pull-Offs [P]
    • Brush, Roll-Off [B]
    • Double Stops, Double Slides
    • Hammer-Ons [H]
    • Triplets
    • Chapter 4. Chord Construction
    • Three Basic Chord Forms
    • Modifying the Three Basic Forms
    • Movable Chords
    • Chapter 5. Songs
    • Cripple Creek
    • Do Lord
    • Froggy Went A-Courtin’
    • Hard Times Come Again No More
    • Shall We Gather at the River
    • Two Dollar Bill
    • Bury Me Beneath the Willow
    • Crawdad Song
    • House of the Rising Sun
    • Chapter 6. Speed Building
    • Everybody Wants to Play Fast!
    • Chapter 7. Playing with Others
    • Jamming Protocol
    • Backup Banjo
    • Meet the Author

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