- Spiral-bound: 124 pages
- Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc (October 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786671335
- ISBN-13: 978-0786671335
- Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.9 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mel Bay Clawhammer Banjo from Scratch: A Guide for the Claw-less! Spiral-bound – October, 2003
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My recommendation for anyone (new or experienced) who wants to learn the instrument in this style would be to get Ken Perlman's "Clawhammer Style Banjo" along with the optional DVD's that follow the text. While some reviewers have faulted this book as being a little too advanced for them, the videos do a wonderful job of presenting the technical aspects in a manner that provides easy access to the more comprhensive material. Levenson's book has videos available as well but his teaching methods, while perhaps effective for some, are somewhat unique. That isn't a put down as "Clawhammer Banjo from Scratch" is a fine book, just not one you can grow with as easily as Perlman's.
Most students will wind up with a number of books anyway and it's often beneficial to have the same information presented in different ways. For some, "Clawhammer Banjo from Scratch" will be just the ticket to unlocking the frailing banjo's potential. For me, it was Perlman's book and videos.
Many other books on clawhammer focus mainly on open G tuning - this is the standard tuning for bluegrass, but I don't feel that it works as well for clawhammer and fiddle tunes. Levenson's book includes CD's covering the entire book, and it is very well organized. He has many exercises to develop the student's speed and clarity, and I found it a bargain for the price. Kudos to Levenson for writing such an excellent book.
because of Dan - I actually learned to read tab - his method of notation is perfectly clear and linear - here - no overwhelming 15 notes at once) - note by note -
He starts in Double C - (a tuning for the banjo) and STAYS in Double C tl you have your chops in - he takes you to Double D - (yes, now you actually learn about confronting a capo, and the ease of it) and then takes you through to a bit more (perfect gradiant) bouncy version, and on to a full jam kitchen sink version that you'll hear at jams -
This Book KICK A88 - the excersises in the front, if you actually even do them with limited attention - you WILL find that it all applies, and becomes natural. If you are a beginner - totally - this is the RIGHT book to start with -
and do yourself the favor of getting the DVD that goes through Spotted Pony, with a total introduction (covered also in book, but seeing it live in real time will blow you away - ) of just what it is for you to play YOUR banjo - not someone else's idea of how you should hold it and play - So check out my amazon page review - and check out this book -
he doesn't start with the well known "bumditty" strum that seems to be well known - it is So. Appalachian style - but everything in here will build and hone you to play it or any other style, with finesse -
My name is Jenny, and I'm a Banjo Addict
This is a very solid, well thought out book from a teacher who is obviously experienced and understands what you really need to know first. It is not for a complete, totally ignorant beginner, but I'm not sure what is (Ken Perlman's is not either, and it's also a terrific book).
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i dont like how its full of so much written information, most of which is opinion and somewhat offensive. seems like he wants you to read more than playPublished on December 10, 2012 by kara horwitz
I have only been playing a few months and wanted a simple method to follow. This book starts off with different tunings and drop thumb techniques, neither are basic beginning... Read morePublished on June 7, 2009 by D. Smith
This is an excellent book for beginners. It starts you off slow, but helps you pick up the hows and whys of playing clawhammer style banjo.Published on November 23, 2008 by D. R. Sailer
This is probably one of the best first Banjo books you could get. It takes a unique approach to teaching ClawHammer Banjo. Read morePublished on November 16, 2007 by Alan D. Legrand