This book is written to help those who have never played a banjo to learn to play without a teacher. So it is written from the beginner s point of view but it has enough information that once you have completed this book you will no longer be a beginner. Even those who have played banjo for a while will be able to find valuable advice throughout this book. This book covers: 1. What to look for when buying a banjo. 2. 4 CD s worth of musical instructions. 3. Proper right hand techniques including putting your picks on, the basic roll patterns, and countless exercises for developing the right hand. 4. Proper left hand techniques including pull-offs, hammers, slides, and 99% of the chord positions you will ever need to know on one simple chord chart. 5. 17 complete songs ranging from the beginners Cripple Creek, Wildwood Flower, and Buffalo Gals to the more complicated Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Old Joe Clark, and Grandfather s Clock in which more extensive roll patterns and harmonic chimes are used. 6. Playing backup behind the singer. 7. Different picking styles such as in the slow version of Banks of the Ohio in which chord patterns and chord transitions are emphasized. 8. Simple banjo setup that every banjo player needs to know such as changing strings, positioning the bridge properly, and replacing the head.
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Trina Emig has been playing banjo since 1988 and teaching since 1990. She has played in multiple bands in the Cincinnati area including the Appalachian Grass, Kentucky 31, the Motherpluckers, and Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers. Local performances include Tall Stacks, Taste of Cincinnati, the Appalachian Festival, the Madison Theater, the Aronoff Center, as well as live radio shows throughout the tri-state area. Regional performances include Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO; Carter Fold, VA; the Sandpiper Inn in Baltimore, MD; the historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay, IN; the Red Barn Radio Hour in Lexington, KY; the Richwood Opry in Richwood, KY; and the WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN. She was also a member of three bands that were nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award.
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