Book + Online Audio
Squareback Saddle Stitched
8.75 x 11.75
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
This book is designed to be a “one-stop shop” for tune playing on the 3-finger style 5-string banjo. It contains the scales, techniques, and theory that you need to become an accomplished melody player, presented in a structured way to help you make the most of your practice time. These skills are then applied to a wide-ranging collection of 40 reels, jigs, polkas, and old-time tunes spanning the American, Irish, and Scottish traditions.
The Toolkit features over 100 downloadable audio tracks including exercises, examples and guitar backup for all of the pieces to ensure an enjoyable learning experience. Suggested accompaniment chords are also provided to facilitate jamming with friends. Written in banjo tablature almost entirely in gDGBD tuning, a few arrangements require single-string tuning alterations, and a capo is occasionally needed to play a whole step higher. Although written for the intermediate to advanced player, extensive right and left-hand fingerings are provided to facilitate the flow and ornamentation of these timeless melodies.
Includes access to online audio.
Introduction and Explanation of Melodic and Alternate Picking Styles
Melodic Exercises G Major, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic
Additional Scales D and A Major, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic
Melodic Style in Context Wild Mountain Thyme, Amazing Grace
Alternate Picking Exercises G Major, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic
Alternate Picking in Context Arkansas Traveller, Flight of the Bumblebee
Ornamentation Triplets, Grace Notes, Slides
Shove the Pig’s Foot
Coal Harbour Bend
Yellin’ in the Shoats
Over the Waterfall
Red Haired Boy
The Hut in the Bog
Pigeon on the Gate
The Black Rogue
The Rolling Waves
Pull the Knife and Stick It Again
Off to California (Hornpipe)
Boys of Bluehill (Hornpipe)
Sonny Riordan’s (Polka)
The Peeler’s Polka (Polka)
Humours of Whiskey (Slip jig)
Na Ceannabháin Bhána (Slip jig)
Island of Woods (Air)
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