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Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Banjo books.

1. Banjo Primer Book for Beginners Deluxe Edition with DVD and 2 Jam CDs (2015)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfBanjo Primer Book for Beginners Deluxe Edition with DVD & 2 Jam CDs by Geoff Hohwald was written for the beginning student who wants to learn how to play Scruggs style 5 string bluegrass banjo technique. This course starts off with beginner basics like parts of the banjo, tuning, how to read tabs, and simple rolls. We’ll then move on to learn some easy to play song arrangements along with up the neck breaks to classic bluegrass songs. These beginner lessons feature step by step instruction that can be used to teach individuals or groups. After learning basic techniques, the course functions as a bluegrass songbook. The included DVD…
Author(s): Geoff Hohwald

2. Banjo For Dummies: Book + Online Video and Audio Instruction (2014)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfTraditionally associated with country, folk, and bluegrass music, the banjo is accessible to anyone with the patience and willpower to learn it. This second edition of Banjo For Dummies does the rest of the work for you with updated practice lessons, teaching techniques, and step-by-step examples. With this guide, you will learn tips and techniques for selecting the right instruments and accessories, how to develop correct hand position and posture, and how to tune, care for, and make simple repairs to the instrument. An updated multimedia component features companion…
Author(s): Bill Evans

3. Hal Leonard Banjo Method – Book 1: For 5-String Banjo (1996)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf(Banjo). Authored by Mac Robertson, Robbie Clement & Will Schmid, this innovative method teaches 5-string, bluegrass style banjo. Covers easy chord strums for the beginner; learning tablature; right-hand rolls characteristic of bluegrass; techniques such as hammer-on, slide and pull-off. This edition also includes 97 tracks of full-band demos covering every music example in the book. The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio…
Author(s): Will Schmid, Mac Robertson , et al.

4. Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo: Revised and Enhanced Edition – Book with CD (2005)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf(Banjo). The best-selling banjo method in the world! Earl Scruggs’s legendary method has helped thousands of banjo players get their start. The “Revised and Enhanced Edition” features more songs, updated lessons, and many other improvements. It includes everything you need to know to start playing banjo, including: a history of the 5-string banjo, getting acquainted with the banjo, Scruggs tuners, how to read music, chords, how to read tablature, right-hand rolls and left-hand techniques, banjo tunings, exercises in picking, over 40 songs, how to build a banjo,…
Author(s): Earl Scruggs

5. Easy Banjo Songbook for Beginners with Video & Audio Access (2018)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThe Easy Banjo Songbook for Beginners with Video & Audio Access by Geoff Hohwald will teach you how to play beginner arrangements for ten classic bluegrass songs. This is a great follow-up to our Banjo Primer Deluxe Edition that will get you ready to show off your new skills at a jam session. Geoff will teach you how to play each song slowly with step by step instruction. You will then have the opportunity to practice the song along with a backing track. This course covers easy versions of Dueling Banjos, Cumberland Gap, Wildwood Flower, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Old Joe Clark, Devil’s Dream, Sally…
Author(s): Geoff Hohwald

6. You Can Teach Yourself Banjo (2017)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis is the ideal beginner’s book, presenting the basics of the 5-string banjo in a way that is both fun and easy. Janet Davis takes you on an extensive tour of this instrument’s fundamental techniques, as well as some intermediate possibilities including rolls, chords, bluegrass banjo techniques, playing up the neck, licks, endings, and other basics needed to play bluegrass and melodic-style banjo. Thorough performance notes are provided from beginning to end, revealing the secrets of this versatile instrument. Includes access to online audio and video….
Author(s): Janet Davis

7. 100 Banjo Lessons (Guitar Lesson Goldmine) (2019)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf(Banjo). Expand your banjo knowledge with the Lesson Goldmine series! Featuring 100 individual modules covering a giant array of topics, each lesson in this volume includes detailed instruction with playing examples presented in banjo tablature. You’ll also get extremely useful tips, chord and neck diagrams, photos and much more to reinforce your learning experience, plus access to over 500 audio tracks with performance demos of all the examples in the book! A huge variety of styles, techniques and concepts are covered, including: clawhammer style, Scruggs-style licks, playing…
Author(s): Greg Cahill, Michael Miles

8. Easy Banjo Solo Favorites (2012)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf(Easy Guitar). Here are nearly 40 pop, rock and folk favorites all arranged for the banjo! Includes: Amazing Grace * Ballad of Jed Clampett * Blackberry Blossom * Cripple Creek * Danny’s Song * Duelin’ Banjos * Fire on the Mountain * Foggy Mountain Breakdown * Grandfather’s Clock * Scarborough Fair/Canticle * Take Me Home, Country Roads * Teach Your Children * This Land Is Your Land * and more….
Author(s): Harold Streeter, Cherry Lane Music

9. Banjo (1970)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfLincoln Agrippa Daily, known on the 1920s Marseilles waterfront as “Banjo,” prowls the rough waterfront bistros with his drifter friends, drinking, looking for women, playing music, fighting, loving, and talking – about their homes in Africa, the West Indies, or the american South and about being black….
Author(s): Claude McKay

10. Banjo Roots and Branches (Music in American Life) (2018)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThe story of the banjo’s journey from Africa to the western hemisphere blends music, history, and a union of cultures. In Banjo Roots and Branches, Robert B. Winans presents cutting-edge scholarship that covers the instrument’s West African origins and its adaptations and circulation in the Caribbean and United States. The contributors provide detailed ethnographic and technical research on gourd lutes and ekonting in Africa and the banza in Haiti while also investigating tuning practices and regional playing styles. Other essays place the instrument within the context of…
Author(s): Robert B Winans

11. The Great American Banjo Songbook: 70 Songs (2017)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf(Banjo). Explore the repertoire of the “Great American Songbook” with this 70-song collection, masterfully arranged by Alan Munde and Beth Mead-Sullivan for 3-finger, Scruggs-style 5-string banjo. Rhythm tab, right hand fingerings and chord diagrams are included for each of these beloved melodies. Songs include: Ain’t She Sweet * Blue Skies * Cheek to Cheek * Home on the Range * Honeysuckle Rose * It Had to Be You * Little Rock Getaway * Over the Rainbow * Sweet Georgia Brown * and more….
Author(s): Alan Munde, Beth Mead-Sullivan

12. Complete 5-String Banjo Method: Beginning Banjo, Book, DVD & Online Video/Audio (Complete Method) (2016)

 Best Banjo Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfPerfect for beginning banjoists as well as players who want to enhance their knowledge, Beginning Banjo teaches everything you need to know to get started—including chords, strumming, rolls, basic music theory, and reading tablature (TAB). Guitarists who want to expand their musical horizons will also find this to be the perfect introduction to banjo playing. The book features folk, bluegrass, and other classic songs. On the accompanying video, author and host Ned Luberecki’s friendly, encouraging style makes learning easy and fun. Featuring practice…
Author(s): Ned Luberecki

Best Banjo Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some banjo books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Banjo for Dummies

Author(s): Bill Evans
ID: 2788367, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 28 Mb, Format: epub


Author(s): Grantlee Kieza
ID: 2281353, Publisher: ABC Books, Year: 2018, Size: 25 Mb, Format: epub

Banjo Roots and Branches

Author(s): Winans, Robert B
ID: 2705205, Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Year: 2018, Size: 7 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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