• New in Print and eBook - Hot Banjo Licks in the Different Musical Genres

    Hot Banjo Licks in the Different Musical Genres

    FENTON, MO. — Mel Bay Publications, Inc has announced the publication of Hot Banjo Licks in the Different Musical Genres, by Claudio Parravicini, available in print and eBook.

    Claudio Parravicini is a master of Scruggs, melodic and single-string styles. In this book, he not only provides a theoretical and hands-on approach to improvisation, but also brings his skills to bear on stellar arrangements of "Cripple Creek," "The Devils Dream," "Dover Breakdown," "Blackberry Blossom," "Blues for Rudy," "Thinking Yule," and "Tico-Tico," each of which is given a theme and variations treatment worth the price of admission.

    Standard gDGBD tuning is used throughout. Although intended for intermediate to advanced players, diagrams for basic chord shapes are included. To introduce and clarify music theory, the first third of the book is written in standard notation before revealing hot licks in banjo tablature. As a result, it is possible to see how scales, intervals, arpeggios, and chord inversions work collectively when improvising throughout the entire fretboard.


    • Chapter 1 - Basic Music Theory
    • Tab and Rhythm
    • Scales/Major Scale Structure
    • Minor Scale Structure/Natural Minor Scale Structure
    • Harmonic Minor Scale Structure
    • Major Blues Scale Structure
    • Minor Blues Scale Structure
    • Musical Intervals
    • Chords
    • Chord Positions
    • Principal Banjo Chord Charts
    • Arpeggios
    • Keys
    • Flat and Sharp Bearing Keys
    • Modal Scales
    • Daily Practice/Ascending and Descending Intervals of a Third in G Major
    • Ascending Intervals of a Fourth in G Major
    • Ascending Intervals of a Fifth in G Major/Ascending Intervals of a Sixth in G Major
    • Ascending Intervals of a Seventh in G Major/Ascending Octaves in G Major
    • Ascending Intervals of a Ninth in G Major
    • Chapter 2 - Practice
    • Musical Phrases To Use in Different Keys
    • Examples of Phrases To Use in Traditional Style
    • Accompaniment (the Chop) and the Backup
    • Accompaniment Example in Latin Style
    • Accompaniment Example in Blues Style
    • Triplet Licks in Single-String Style
    • Triplet Licks Built on Two-Note Chords
    • Triplet Phrases Built on Intervals
    • Musical Phrases Built With Scale Licks
    • Scale Licks
    • Ascending and Descending Pentatonic Scale Licks
    • Descending Blues Scale Lick
    • Examples of Musical Phrases Built on Chords
    • Triplets Phrases to Use in Different Tunes
    • Chapter 3 - Tunes
    • Cripple Creek
    • The Devil’s Dream
    • Dover Breakdown
    • Blackberry Blossom
    • Blues for Rudy
    • Thinking Yule
    • Tico Tico no Fubá

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