Fundamentals of 5-String Banjo -Book-DVD-Two CDs

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Learn Banjo Technique... "right" from the beginning!  - Learn the basics of 5-string bluegrass banjo playing "right" from the beginning.  Study with Ross Nickerson and get your banjo playing off to a good start. Learn Banjo technique correctly first and create good habits right from the start.

 Ross Nickerson covers all these subjects with you in a personal and informative way: Banjo rolls and picking patterns, fretting hand techniques, reading tablature,tuning the banjo, slides hammer-ons and pull-offs, practice tips, memorizing and playing without music, understanding timing, how to use a metronome, learning the chords, tightening the head, changing the strings, songs to learn and many other important fundamentals not found in other Books, CDs or DVDs. Comprehensive 52 printable page book

  • Two Audio CDs High Quality DVD - Over two hours long
  • All Lesson demonstrations are slowed down for easy learning
  • Get off to a good start and avoid creating bad habits!

Ross Nickerson's will help you get started with solid correct bluegrass banjo technique. Everything is covered in depth, demonstrated slowly for you and explained thoroughly. The book has loads of helpful advice on all the banjo basics and features easy to read music tablature with both right and left hand figuring indications and accent marks for the melody notes.

The two audio CDs come with all the lessons and songs demonstrated clearly at three speeds and also features backup play along tracks to practice with.

The DVD features high quality video with split screen technology and easy to use click through menus. Also included on the DVD is a special feature lesson on tuning the banjo, changing a string, putting on a strap, using the picks, tightening the head and other important banjo basics. The DVD has an added menu option for scrolling through the songs at the slow, medium or fast tempos separately.

Here are some songs you'll learn: Boil the Cabbage Down, Tom Dooley, Old Time Religion, Two Dollar Bill, Cripple Creek, Blackberry Blossom and John Henry.

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Fundamentals of Five String Banjo arrives as a four disc set. The DVD demonstrates all of the lessons in high quality split screen close-up video at three speeds, slow, medium and faster tempos. There are two audio CDs included that has all the songs and lessons at three speeds as well and a practice play along track for each song. I could not fit all the audio content on one CD, The fourth disc is a CDR disc of the book that can be viewed on your computer or printed one page at a time or in complete forrm. Having the book on CDR keeps from shrinking down the tab to fit in the DVD box, the full size tab book will be much easier to learn from and it saves 10.00 off the price, 3.00 off shipping too. The book is 52 pages long and is very comprehensive. It includes pictures, learning tips on each song, detailed tablature indications with accents marks for melody notes and right and left hand fingerings.

If you feel as though you would prefer the hard copy book, choose this item  Beginning the Five String Banjo

Oct 29, 2015
Beginner 'Noob' Banjo player
I'm new to instruments 'full stop'! When I got my DVD/PDF I couldnt wait to load it up on my screen & follow along. Its easy to follow, step by step but certainly something that I'm going to grow into while I grasp the fundamentals.

Aug 23, 2015
Thank you for your last minute assistance
The DVD was a hit for my nephew for Christmas. Thank you for your last minute assistance.

Aug 23, 2015
I can't believe the progress I have mad
Although I have only had the DVD's a few days, I can't believe the progress I have made sticking with my same 1hour a day practice. I knew that your material would fit my learning style as soon as I saw and read some of it before I ordered. Although I had learned rolls from other book sources and videos before, your method took me where I needed to go to understand what I was playing and why. The best compliment I can pass on is from my wife - she said my timing is so much better and she likes to listen to what I am playing (she ran for the head phones before). I am sure you get tons of notes like this, but I just wanted you to know how pleased - and grateful - I am.

Aug 23, 2015
I should have had this from the beginning
I have got to tell you that this DVD/CD set is something I should have had from the beginning. In my opinion it takes the beginner, in the best way I have ever seen, very carefully from square one, forward to playing tunes. May I suggest a web site link titled "Beginners Start Here" and list only two must have items, "Fundamentals of Five String..." and The Banjo Encyclopedia.

Aug 23, 2015
Your DVD on the Fundamentals of Banjo is fantastic.
Thank you, Your DVD on the Fundamentals of Banjo is fantastic. No one should be without this item. It has helped me tremendously. Because of you and your support and web site. I am learning how to play this beautiful instrument that I love so much. Thank you for your web site and for being there to help. I am recommending this site to my friends. Once again, thank you.

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