I highly recommend this classical music banjo tab book of classical masterpieces by Italian banjo virtuoso Claudio Parravicini. Learning these advanced tabs for classical music on banjo in his book would not only enrich your view of what the banjo can do, but improve your all around banjo technique and skills too. Claudio really pushes the envelope of banjo skill while executing beautiful classical music on his banjo.
One of the classical banjo tabs is Flight of the Bumblebee on the 5-string banjo, that would be great one to learn and fun to play I bet. If you could learn and play it, how easy would some of the other material you play feel compared to that!
Challenging banjo transcriptions of classical masterpieces may seem like a humorous anachronism to some, but not for Italian master Claudio Parravicini, a conservatory graduate who, while majoring in French horn, always believed that the banjo was “a virtuoso instrument capable of enriching any musical genre.”
In the author’s words, “I chose the classical pieces in this book on the basis of how they might advance right and left-hand banjo technique and even refine the player’s musical sensibility… Some pieces, like Flight of the Bumblebee will challenge your ability to play rapidly, while others like Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, are much slower, but will test your musical abilities in other ways.” The other pieces in the book are: Prelude No. 2 in C minor and Inventions No. 4 and No. 6 by J. S. Bach, Flight of the Bumblebee by Korsakov, Perpetual Motion and Carnival of Venice by Paganini, and Toccata for Piano or Harpsichord by Paradisi.
Classical Masterpieces for Banjo is written in tablature only in standard G tuning [gDGBD] using three-finger banjo technique in the traditional, melodic and single-string style. Each selection is guaranteed to further your technique and delight your audience, or simply expand your vision of what is possible on the 5-string banjo.
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