- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Music Sales America; Revised edition (January 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597731641
- ISBN-13: 978-1597731645
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Play the 5-String Banjo: Third Edition Paperback – January 1, 1992
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Many of the tunes included here are available on YouTube, or elsewhere on the Internet, performed by the old-time artists Seeger mentions in the book. Unfortunately there's not a compilation CD with the original artists, but I imagine you could make a fairly complete playlist on YouTube.
Everybody who wants to play the banjo should study this book: just don't expect to rely on that alone, unless you're truly self-disciplined and fanatically dedicated.
I like this book despite its flaws. It has a long history in banjo playing circles and is more like a historical document in this sense. It should be part of any banjo player’s library because it is an interesting read.
Fast forward twenty years. I finally replaced my banjo (it just arrived five days ago). I was delighted to find Pete Seeger's book was still in print and available through Amazon, and it arrived a few days ahead of the instrument. I am also using the Janet Davis book and DVD, which is a great tool, but I wouldn't be without Pete Seeger to guide me as well.
The main benefit of this book is that Pete covers a wide range of playing styles, and lets the student sample them all. He encourages readers to skip around the book and experiment. This is a far cry from today's banjo books that tend to lock you into one style or another right away.
I love the way the book is laid out. It begins with a basic strum in C tuning. This is what I learned many years ago, and it was well suited to simple accompaniment of folk songs. This will have you making useful music in a fairly short time. It moves into more advanced concepts from there.
This book isn't slick and polished like modern works. The printing looks amateurish, and the tablature is hand-drawn, as are many illustrations. Photos look like they were made on an old copy machine. But all of this only adds to the book's down-home spirit.
Besides teaching technique, Seeger sprinkles the book with music theory, banjo history, and lots of other flavorful items. My favorite is a Peanuts cartoon (I'll let you buy the book to see it.) His writing style is also very friendly and readable, and often quite funny. This may not be your main instructional book, but it is a must have for any banjo student, for it captures the spirit and soul of folk music far better than most books which tend to read like technical manuals.
The 2002 edition includes handwritten notes from Pete inside the front and back covers. He indicates that if he had time for a major revision, he would start with G tuning and three-finger picking, where are more in vogue nowdays. He also makes mention that some obsolete addresses of banjo supply and record companies still remain in the text.
it remains one of the simplest, yet most complete, guides to anyone wanting to learn seeger style
there was also a longplay album that went along with the book - it's now available here as MP3s at this link - How to Play a 5-String Banjo (instruction)