Banjo For Dummies book cover

Banjo For Dummies

Author:
Bill Evans
Published: October 20, 2020

Overview

Here’s the quick way to get pickin’ with the best of ‘em 

The banjo is both a staple of old-time music and an instrument that makes frequent cameos in today’s chart toppers. Whatever your musical leanings, Banjo For Dummies will show you how to pick your way around your instrument, even if you have zero musical background! With a little practice—and the easy-to-follow instructions in this book—you can learn your way around the banjo, try out various musical styles, and discover what banjo culture is all about. 

Think of this For Dummies guide as your personal banjo tutor, as you learn how to buy, tune, hold, play, and have fun with your five-string. You can also go beyond the book with online video lessons and audio files that will get you picking even faster. Follow the guidance of respected banjo performer Bill Evans and soon you may find yourself jamming with a band or rubbing elbows with the pros at your local bluegrass festival.  

  • Learn the basics of banjo: how to strum chords, pick notes, and read tablature 
  • Add new styles to your repertoire, including clawhammer, three-finger styles, vamping, and classic banjo 
  • Play bluegrass music and learn how to network at festivals 
  • Choose the banjo and accessories that work for you, and discover how to keep them in good shape 

Banjo For Dummies is for anyone who want to learn to play the five-string banjo or brush up on banjo-playing skills. No experience required! 

Here’s the quick way to get pickin’ with the best of ‘em 

The banjo is both a staple of old-time music and an instrument that makes frequent cameos in today’s chart toppers. Whatever your musical leanings, Banjo For Dummies will show you how to pick your way around your instrument, even if you have zero musical background! With a little practice—and the easy-to-follow instructions in this book—you can learn your way around the banjo, try out various musical styles, and discover what banjo culture is all about. 

Think of this For Dummies guide as your personal banjo tutor, as you learn how to buy, tune, hold, play, and have fun with your five-string. You can also go beyond the book with online video lessons and audio

files that will get you picking even faster. Follow the guidance of respected banjo performer Bill Evans and soon you may find yourself jamming with a band or rubbing elbows with the pros at your local bluegrass festival.  

  • Learn the basics of banjo: how to strum chords, pick notes, and read tablature 
  • Add new styles to your repertoire, including clawhammer, three-finger styles, vamping, and classic banjo 
  • Play bluegrass music and learn how to network at festivals 
  • Choose the banjo and accessories that work for you, and discover how to keep them in good shape 

Banjo For Dummies is for anyone who want to learn to play the five-string banjo or brush up on banjo-playing skills. No experience required! 

Banjo For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Knowing how to interpret chord diagrams and being able to read banjo tablature, the written form of music for the banjo, will pave the way for a much smoother road ahead on all of your banjo adventures. Becoming familiar with the most important chords and essential right-hand techniques will put you in the fast lane for having more fun playing music with others.

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