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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Native Ground Music; Pap/Com edition (December 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883206588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883206581
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wayne Erbsen has made it his lifelong passion to teach, collect, record, perform, write and publish Southern Appalachian music and folklore. A master of both the clawhammer and bluegrass banjo styles, Wayne also performs and records on fiddle, guitar and mandolin, and has authored twenty-eight books of instruction, lore and history. An instructor for over forty-five years, Wayne has taught literally thousands of people to play stringed instruments.

In addition to Wayne's deep interest in old-time Appalachian and bluegrass music, he has also researched, recorded and written on numerous other themes of American culture such as The Civil War, Victorian life, log cabin culture, cowboys and pioneers, railroads and gospel music.

For the past twenty-four years Wayne has taught Appalachian music at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He is an active instructor at his own teaching facility called The Log Cabin Cooking & Music Center in Asheville, NC. (www.nativegroundmusic.com). As a book publisher, he is the founder and general manager of Native Ground Books & Music (www.nativeground.com).

For radio listeners, Wayne has a popular radio show called "Country Roots," which just celebrated its 25th anniversary on Asheville North Carolina's public radio station, WCQS. Wayne's show is now streaming, so you can listen to it live every Sunday evening from 7:00 - 9:00 PM EST at http://www.wcqs.org/.

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I think it is a great learning tool and source book.
RP
When someone asks, I just tell them I know a book that will teach them more efficiently than I can and cost them less than gas for a couple of trips to my place would.
D. R. Wood
As you can tell, I think this is an excellent book, and wish this was available twenty years ago.
Richla

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Richla on May 4, 2010
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The previous review sounds like it was done by a distributor of the book, not somebody that has actually read the book, so I'll give you my opinion, for what it is worth...

I bought Wayne's banjo book, as I couldn't even tell you how a banjo is tuned, let alone played. That book got me up and running on simple songs, and actually having a lot of FUN. I liked the method so much, I thought "it would be nice if somebody would do the same thing for flat-picking guitar."

I happened to look at Wayne's website, and to my surprise, he has indeed written such a book. I have used this book for a few weeks now, and like his banjo book, it's a lot of fun.

There is about 90 songs included. Lot of classics like "Whiskey Before Breakfast" "House of the Rising Sun", etc.

Wayne also gives just enough theory to get pretty much anyone going, but not overwhelmed.

He also departs from the standard TAB format and explains that he does not want you dependent on memorizing TAB. He's 100% right. I have memorized songs in tab format for far more years than I want to admit. Unfortunately, a dependence on tab does not really help you understand music theory at all. (for example, can you take a simple version of "Amazing Grace" and play it with improvised licks up and down the neck??)

With this book, I am now taking simple arrangements of classic songs, flat-picking them, and sprinkling in my own improvised licks, based on taking basic scales and moving them up the neck.

I have a shelf full of books full of guitar music, but I'm really USING this book, and taking Wayne's suggestion and trying to develop my ear, not just memorize TAB.

As you can tell, I think this is an excellent book, and wish this was available twenty years ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RP on December 4, 2012
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I really like this book. There is a lot of readable information in it and every time you read it you learn something you missed the other times. It is a great starting point for someone who plays but has never really flat plicked a lot. I think it is a great learning tool and source book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eyeofthestorm on April 4, 2014
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Bought this book to read and explore with my children. We are enjoying it so much.

Mr. Erbsen's writing is humorous, enjoyable, and accessible (and in no way condescending). We've been searching YouTube for videos of his "flatpicking guitar" heroes, and have enjoyed this visual (and auditory) examples immensely. The book comes with a CD, but the videos watching the individuals playing (especially close ups of the right hand) have capturing my children's imaginations (and my attention!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Wood on October 20, 2013
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Never again will I have to give guitar lessons. When someone asks, I just tell them I know a book that will teach them more efficiently than I can and cost them less than gas for a couple of trips to my place would. I get their email address and send them the link to this book on Amazon. Even if you do decide you want a teacher, the humor and the helpful tips in this book are worth the purchase price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eldon Haworth on January 26, 2013
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This book did not make me a great flatpicker but it is a great start. I like the stories and songsin this book
I like Wayne Erbsen's books
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