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Teach Yourself Bluegrass Banjo Paperback – January 1, 1999
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So 5 stars for the book, 2 stars for the CD, 4 stars for Tony's pickin', and 1 for his singing. Unfortunately this may be the best instructional book for bluegrass banjo beginners available. And I do recommend it. Just don't expect the CD to help you through your learning very much.
One thing I should mention, everyone's been complaining that this CD's got (awful) vocals and guitar tracks masking the banjo (the very reason they bought it). This is true, it's pretty distracting. However, I ripped my version to MP3 to listen to in on my PC, and to allow me to loop small pieces easily etc (much easier than scanning on a CD player by the way). Anyway, I found out that most tracks have the banjo playing through one speaker and the guitar/vocals playing through the other. Just tip the balance of the speakers 100 % left and you've got isolated banjo track. I suppose it works for a normal hi-fi too.
At least that worked for the copy of the book I bought in a music shop in Australia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some good potential here but awful singing makes the tracks unlistenable. It's a shame. They need to edit out the singing so you can listen without cringing.Published 21 days ago by FL Bass Fisher
Good basic book with illustrations. My instructor and I both like it.Published on July 23, 2014 by Dakota
This is a good book. Regardless of the other reviews, I didn't think the vocals were as bad as I expected. The book provides good instruction. Read morePublished on September 7, 2005 by Harold A. Schaefer