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The Banjo Encyclopedia "Bluegrass Banjo from A to Z" by Ross Nickerson - Custom Wirebound Book and CD

Purchase here at the author Ross Nickerson's website BanjoTeacher.com and receive an exclusive version of The Banjo Encyclopedia that is spiral bound and includes a hard copy CD.

The Spiral/Wirebound Banjo Encyclopedia editions are available ONLY at BanjoTeacher.com.
The publisher does not spiral bound The Banjo Encyclopedia so any version bought elsewhere is not spiral bound. We personally take them to be sprial bound so they will easier for you to use and learn from.

Exclusive Hard Copy CD
Now there is another reason to buy The Banjo Encyclopedia at BanjoTeacher.com. We now are the only dealer that includes a hard copy CD disc. The publisher Mel Bay has now gone to a download the CD off their website format...arrggg. If you buy this book from any other online dealer, it will not be spiral bound OR have a hard copy CD.

It's 240 pages long, has 17 chapters, and has a 99 track CD.

Here is the Ross Nickerson description of The Banjo Encyclopedia written for Mel Bay Publications.
The Banjo Encyclopedia is a comprehensive, in-depth banjo instructional book and CD that covers in depth the intricacies of bluegrass banjo playing, including numerous topics that have been overlooked in banjo instruction to date. The Banjo Encyclopedia can take a student from the beginning, to intermediate, and right through to more advanced styles of banjo playing. Ross Nickerson uses his many years of experience helping hundreds of aspiring banjo pickers by offering the banjo student an opportunity to learn in a practical, straightforward manner. This wide-ranging banjo instructional book will focus on many techniques that will help every aspect of a banjo player's musicianship while simplifying many subjects in the learning process and comes with a 99 track CD. The Banjo Encyclopedia is undoubtedly one of the most complete five-string banjo books on the market today and a must for every banjo player's collection.

Table of Contents Listed Below
 

I've published the Table of contents below for the Banjo Encyclopedia too. I hope you will find it to be a great help in your banjo playing goals. It means a lot to me that I've received so many wonderful comments about this book It means even more to me that so many are learning from it. I was glad to do it. thanks, Ross Nickerson

Customer Reviews sent to us by email
.you name it ... this book has it ALL The complete book about bluegrass banjo picking. It is very well written and is full of solid good advice and information. Its a superb book by a knowledgeable and nice guy!! ... well worth the money...
Thanks Ross, 

GREAT BOOK: Your Banjo Encyclopedia arrived safely in Australia this week. 
It is a great reference companion to the your terrific "beginner online lessons". 
There is so much helpful material in the book and the CD with all the great audio tracks is very helpful too. Should all keep me happily pickin for years to come! 
Best wishes and thanks from Karl in Canberra Australia. 

….I think that what you have created is the new gold standard for banjo instruction. It is an absolutely beautiful, beautifully written book, which I know will now be the foundation of my lifetime banjo study. I don't know how it could possibly be any better. And now I'm even more excited for our lessons to resume. All the best success with your great achievement.

Thanks Ross,
Your Banjo Encyclopedia arrived safely in Australia this week. It is a great reference companion to the your terrific "beginner online lessons". There is so much helpful material in the book and the CD with all the great audio tracks is very helpful too. Should all keep me happily pickin for years to come! Best wishes and thanks from Karl in Canberra Australia.

...I devoured Ross Nickerson's Banjo Encyclopedia.

….thank you for all of your hard work....

I order the online course which is great!! So I've decided the get the Banjo Encyclopedia guide,, boy I was surprised how detailed he put it together. In three weeks. I learned to do rolls and the timing of the rolls. I loved it 

I got it Friday and have read it cover to cover. Very well done. ...I did go to the Table of Contents and, in my opinion as a former HS teacher and college lecturer for 25 years - Ross has put together something that I would say is the first book/CD that anyone who knows they want to learn 5 string should have

......bought your Banjo Encyclopedia about 6 weeks ago, I have put all my other books on ice, yours is THE one. It covers everything I will possibly want to know for the next 20 years or so. It will in my opinion become the seminal book on banjo.

.....The Banjo Encyclopedia is more than I dreamed it would be. I could have saved myself a lot of money if I had started with this one book rather than buying 4 or 5 others to figure out which I liked best. Ross is so professional and so in tune with beginner and intermediate weaknesses. What a great teacher. I'll be looking for any workshops in 2005 that are within
reasonable traveling distance. I'm still having a hard time with the vamping but hope to master it in 2005.


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The publisher wasn't able to wire bound the Banjo Encyclopedia due to its size and other considerations. The Banjo Encyclopedia is normally perfect bound with a crease so you can flatten it out, but as a extra favor to my customers and make it easier to learn from we are taking the books in and having them wire bound. One of my students paid 8.00 to have this done. We sell them for only 3 additional dollars to cover the cost.

......Now that I see the qualities of this gentleman, I am REALLY looking forward to meeting him and thanking him for the effort it must have taken to put this together!….

Banjo Encyclopedia Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword by Ross Nickerson
Tips On Learning The Most From The Book

Chapter 1: The Basics

Holding the Banjo, Using the Picks
How to Read Tablature
Parts on a Standard Five-String Banjo
Tuning Your Banjo
Right-Hand Positioning
Overcoming difficulties
Final tips on right-hand positioning
Left-Hand Positioning
Do's and don'ts for common problems with left-hand technique
Photos of left-hand positions
Final Note


Chapter 2: The Right Hand
Rhythm & Timing
Rhythm and timing exercises
Learning the Basic Rolls
More tips on rolls
Earl Scruggs' contribution
Examples of basic rolls
Timing Review
Using a metronome
Some suggestions about using a metronome
Timing exercises using a metronome
Advanced Rolls
Working with and learning some advanced rolls
Working with the thumb
Working with the index and middle fingers
Middle finger exercises
Index finger exercises
Exercising the index and middle fingers together
Developing Tone and Dynamics
Angle of attack
Balance of tone
More about positioning
The effect of picks on tone
Dynamics in your banjo playing
Dynamic examples
Developing Speed
Technique factors in speed building
Psychology of speed
What if I make a mistake?
How hard should I pick?
Should I use a metronome?
Always use a metronome?
Speed-building metronome?
Tone Exercises
Advanced Rolls for Practice
Final Note


Chapter 3: The Left-Hand
Overview
Finger Exercises
Several reminders for practicing the exercises in this chapter
Memorize
A reminder before you start the exercises
Left-Hand Exercises
Left-hand exercises using thirds
Exercises for learning the notes on the fretboard in the G scale
Learning tips
Ways to Improve Slides, Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Chokes
Tips and reminders on slides, pull-offs, chokes and hammer-ons
Improving slides
Improving hammer-ons
Improving pull-offs
Improving chokes or bends
Adding and Improving Slides, Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Chokes in a Song
Banks of the Ohio - basic version
Banks of the Ohio - with slurs (slides, pull-offs, etc.)
Bury Me Beneath the Willow - basic version
Bury Me Beneath the Willow - with slurs (slides, pull-offs, etc.)
Final Note


Chapter 4: Practice Habits and Practicing Priorities
Overview
Practice builds confidence
Practice priorities and making the best use of practice time
How often should I practice and for how long?
Your practice area
Setting goals
Lesson Plans
Practice outline
Practice outline example
Splitting up practice time in the lesson plan
Working on Physical Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles
Isolating areas of practice
Tablature Discussion
Using CD, Video or DVD
Memorizing
Suggestions for memorizing
Working on the left and right hand separately while memorizing
A few more general suggestions on memorizing
Final Note

Chapter 5: Earl Scruggs' Style
Overview
Learning the Basics of Scrugg's Style Picking
Accenting Notes
Accenting Exercise
Bringing out the Melody
Sitting on Top of the World
Blues in the Scruggs' Style
Nine Pound Hammer
Learning a Breakdown in Scruggs' Style
Banjo Students' Breakdown
Final Note


Chapter 6: The Melodic Style
Overview
Melodic Style Exercises
Learning Songs in the Melodic Style
Sailor's Hornpipe
Turkey in the Straw
John Hardy
Playing in Harmony in the Melodic Style
Devil's Dream - Lead part
Devil's Dream - Harmony part
Playing the Blues in the Melodic Style
Blues Scale Melodic Exercise
Final Note


Chapter 7: The Single-String Style
Overview
Exercises Using the Single-String Style
Learning Some Scales in the Single-String Style
Chord shape single-string exercises
Don Reno Style Exercise
The Darktown Stutters' Ball
Learning Songs in the Single-String Style
Wildwood Flower - basic single-string version
Wildwood Flower - more complex single-string version
Arkansas Traveler
Whiskey Before Breakfast


Chapter 8: Mixing the Scruggs', Melodic and Single-String Technique, Learning to Play
Up the Neck, and Learning More About the Blues

Overview
Mixing the Scruggs', Melodic and Single-String Styles
Banjo licks that serve a similar purpose in each style
A Song Mixing the Three Styles With Some Blues
The Scruggs, Melodic, Single String Blues
Playing Up the Neck
Licks serving the same purpose, up and down the neck
Learning Both Down and Up the Neck Versions of a Song, for Comparison
She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain - lower neck version
She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain - up the neck version
Bonus Song, Mixing the Styles
Oh, Susanna
Learning More About the Blues
Blues Scales
Making Common Banjo Licks "Bluesy"
Blues comparison licks
Learning the blues scale exercise
The Blues Scales Blues
Another Song Mixing the Styles
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Final Note


Chapter 9: Rhythm, Chords and Playing Backup
Overview
Learning Chords and More About Them
F form chords
D form chords
Barre form chords
More about chords
Chromatic scale for finding any chord
Chord Inversions for G, G7 and G Minor
Chord Inversions for D, D7 and D Minor
Chord Exercises - Blackberry Blossom
Chord Progressions for Practice
Augmented, Diminished and More on Seventh Chords
Augmented chords
Diminished chords
Learning More About Scruggs' Style Backup
Scruggs' style backup lick examples
Passing Tones
An exercise using bass run passing tones
Bass Run Passing Tone Exercises With Chords
Four Examples of Playing Backup
Backup example for verse and chorus
Song Example for Verse and Chorus Backup
Playing backup on a slower tempo song
Slow Backup Song Example
Backing up a fiddle
Fiddle Backup Example
Waltz backup
Waltz Backup Example
Using Seventh Chords
Seventh chord form chart
Seventh Chord Exercise
Final Note


Chapter 10: Improvising and Learning to Play by Ear
Overview
Improvising
Taking what you know and turning it into ten things
Improvising in small steps
Thinking in terms of playing by the chords
Improvising practice assignments
Sample Chord Progression Using a Specific Roll
Reverse Roll Chord Breakdown
Building Up Your Chord Changing and Locating Ability
Sliding into the Chord Exercises
Tip on changing chords
Recovering from mistakes
Knowledge of the neck
Notes on the fretboard chart
More on Improvising
Plugging in licks that work with the chord changes in the song, and other
Options
Comments on improvising
Improvising using chords
Writing your own arrangements and playing songs that you have never
Heard before
Learning to play without tablature
Cautions when improvising
Importance and joy of not using tab
Final Note


Chapter 11: Beginnings, Turnarounds and Endings
Overview
Beginnings
Common bluegrass song beginnings or "kickoffs"
Bluegrass Song Kickoff Example
Pig in a Pen
"Bluesy" Kickoff Example
Kickin' Blues
Turnarounds
Basic turnarounds
Endings
Some common endings to bluegrass songs
Final Tips on Beginnings, Turnarounds and Endings
Final Note


Chapter 12: Jamming
Overview
Priorities in Preparation for Jamming
Preparation and practice
Practice timing
Know you chords and how to back others up
Learn songs that others should know and standard bluegrass
Arrangements
Taking the scare out of it
Learning How Standard Bluegrass Arrangements Work
Typical bluegrass vocal arrangement
Popular Vocal and Instrumental Songs at Jam Sessions
Other Tips and Suggestions for Learning How to Jam with Others
No One is Perfect and Everyone Makes mistakes
Final Note


Chapter 13: Adapting an Easy Melody to a Bluegrass Banjo Arrangement

Overview
Music Reading Basics Made Easy
Learning the notes
Counting time
Rests
Creating a Bluegrass Banjo Arrangement Using Quarter and Eighth Notes
When the Saints Go Marching In
Red River Valley
Final Note

Chapter 14: Playing in Different Keys, Tunings and Using a Capo
Overview
Using a Capo
Types of capos and tips on using them
Capoing the fifth string
Playing Chords in Different Keys
The I - VII chords in seven different keys - chart
Playing a song using roman numerals rather than chord names
Chord Progression Practice
Learning to Play the Same Song in Three Different Keys
Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky - Key of G
Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky - Key of C
Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky - Key of D
C Tuning
Wildwood Flower
D Tuning
Home Sweet Home
Jesse James
G Minor Tuning
Pretty Polly

Chapter 15: Playing at Slower Tempos and ¾ Time
Overview
Different Techniques Used in Playing Slower Songs
Learning Some Songs in ¾ Time
Some suggestions for learning the songs
Silent Night
Amazing Grace
The Streets of Laredo

Chapter 16: Banjo Maintenance by Mike Munford

Introduction by Ross Nickerson
Preface by Mike Munford
Bridges
Bridges and tone
Tuning, intonation and setting the bridge
Changing the Strings
More on Strings
Tailpieces
The Nut
The 5th string nut
5th String Spikes
Actual spike location
The head
Action Adjustments
Neck and Resonator Woods
Good Tools
General Maintenance Tips
Cases
Final Note

Chapter 17: Advanced Song Section
Overview
John Henry
Train 45
Glossary of Common Banjo Terms

Acknowledgements
Closing Comments and Credits
CD Track Sheet




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The Banjo Encyclopedia "Bluegrass Banjo from A to Z" - By Ross Nickerson Special Edition Spiral Bound with Hard Copy CD

The Banjo Encyclopedia "Bluegrass Banjo from A to Z" by Ross Nickerson - Custom Wirebound Book and CD

Purchase here at the author Ross Nickerson's website BanjoTeacher.com and receive an exclusive version of The Banjo Encyclopedia that is spiral bound and includes a hard copy CD.

The Spiral/Wirebound Banjo Encyclopedia editions are available ONLY at BanjoTeacher.com.
The publisher does not spiral bound The Banjo Encyclopedia so any version bought elsewhere is not spiral bound. We personally take them to be sprial bound so they will easier for you to use and learn from.

Exclusive Hard Copy CD
Now there is another reason to buy The Banjo Encyclopedia at BanjoTeacher.com. We now are the only dealer that includes a hard copy CD disc. The publisher Mel Bay has now gone to a download the CD off their website format...arrggg. If you buy this book from any other online dealer, it will not be spiral bound OR have a hard copy CD.

It's 240 pages long, has 17 chapters, and has a 99 track CD.

Here is the Ross Nickerson description of The Banjo Encyclopedia written for Mel Bay Publications.
The Banjo Encyclopedia is a comprehensive, in-depth banjo instructional book and CD that covers in depth the intricacies of bluegrass banjo playing, including numerous topics that have been overlooked in banjo instruction to date. The Banjo Encyclopedia can take a student from the beginning, to intermediate, and right through to more advanced styles of banjo playing. Ross Nickerson uses his many years of experience helping hundreds of aspiring banjo pickers by offering the banjo student an opportunity to learn in a practical, straightforward manner. This wide-ranging banjo instructional book will focus on many techniques that will help every aspect of a banjo player's musicianship while simplifying many subjects in the learning process and comes with a 99 track CD. The Banjo Encyclopedia is undoubtedly one of the most complete five-string banjo books on the market today and a must for every banjo player's collection.

Table of Contents Listed Below
 

I've published the Table of contents below for the Banjo Encyclopedia too. I hope you will find it to be a great help in your banjo playing goals. It means a lot to me that I've received so many wonderful comments about this book It means even more to me that so many are learning from it. I was glad to do it. thanks, Ross Nickerson

Customer Reviews sent to us by email
.you name it ... this book has it ALL The complete book about bluegrass banjo picking. It is very well written and is full of solid good advice and information. Its a superb book by a knowledgeable and nice guy!! ... well worth the money...
Thanks Ross, 

GREAT BOOK: Your Banjo Encyclopedia arrived safely in Australia this week. 
It is a great reference companion to the your terrific "beginner online lessons". 
There is so much helpful material in the book and the CD with all the great audio tracks is very helpful too. Should all keep me happily pickin for years to come! 
Best wishes and thanks from Karl in Canberra Australia. 

….I think that what you have created is the new gold standard for banjo instruction. It is an absolutely beautiful, beautifully written book, which I know will now be the foundation of my lifetime banjo study. I don't know how it could possibly be any better. And now I'm even more excited for our lessons to resume. All the best success with your great achievement.

Thanks Ross,
Your Banjo Encyclopedia arrived safely in Australia this week. It is a great reference companion to the your terrific "beginner online lessons". There is so much helpful material in the book and the CD with all the great audio tracks is very helpful too. Should all keep me happily pickin for years to come! Best wishes and thanks from Karl in Canberra Australia.

...I devoured Ross Nickerson's Banjo Encyclopedia.

….thank you for all of your hard work....

I order the online course which is great!! So I've decided the get the Banjo Encyclopedia guide,, boy I was surprised how detailed he put it together. In three weeks. I learned to do rolls and the timing of the rolls. I loved it 

I got it Friday and have read it cover to cover. Very well done. ...I did go to the Table of Contents and, in my opinion as a former HS teacher and college lecturer for 25 years - Ross has put together something that I would say is the first book/CD that anyone who knows they want to learn 5 string should have

......bought your Banjo Encyclopedia about 6 weeks ago, I have put all my other books on ice, yours is THE one. It covers everything I will possibly want to know for the next 20 years or so. It will in my opinion become the seminal book on banjo.

.....The Banjo Encyclopedia is more than I dreamed it would be. I could have saved myself a lot of money if I had started with this one book rather than buying 4 or 5 others to figure out which I liked best. Ross is so professional and so in tune with beginner and intermediate weaknesses. What a great teacher. I'll be looking for any workshops in 2005 that are within
reasonable traveling distance. I'm still having a hard time with the vamping but hope to master it in 2005.


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09/08/2016

Banjo Encyclopedia

As a songwriter, I play a number of instruments. And I have many instructional materials to help me along. The Banjo Encyclopedia is absolutely one of the best instructional books for its instrument ever written. I purchased it years ago after one of Ross's live instructional sessions and still today refer to it on a regular basis for banjo. There is so much good information and so well communicated that there will always be something I can learn from this book. The material was excellent for when I was "re-learning" the instrument back in 2004, and excellent now that I am a little more accomplished. Highly recommend the Banjo Encyclopedia to any banjo player at any level.

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04/06/2016

GREAT RESOURCE

Arrived promptly and promises to keep me busy for a long time. i am just getting back to bluegrass banjo after a long hiatus. Been playing guitar but sold my banjo 29 years ago. Just what I needed.

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03/12/2016

picking has improved dramatically

Please tell Ross that my picking has improved dramatically since I purchased The Banjo Encyclopedia. Just wish I had done it earlier!

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03/03/2016

A must have book

This book is very good for a beginner, it teaches you how to play the banjo and not just songs and gives a lot of great right and left hand exercises along with a lot of other tips. I highly recommend this book

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03/03/2016

Great Tool

I ordered the Encyclopedia based on reviews I had read from others. While I'm just starting out, I have to agree that the book is indispensable. I received the Beginners Kit with the banjo, but prefer the Encyclopedia. The only advantage the kit has are the DVD/CDs, which, after looking through everything, happen to follow the Encyclopedia since the book in the kit is a condensed version of the Encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia is currrently my primary method of learning.

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01/26/2016

banjo encyclopedia

outstanding instruction manual everything I was looking for and your DVD with beginning the five string banjo is definitely one of the best instruction DVD's

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10/29/2015

Best Banjo Instruction Available

Banjo Encyclopedia is really all you need. great CD. If you can't learn from this, maybe try another instrument. Scruggs Style book is excellent. Thanks Ross

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10/29/2015

Looks like a very good book

Just received the book but it looks like it is going to be really informative on banjo mysterys that I have run into.

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10/10/2015

The Banjo Encyclopedia

The Banjo Encyclopedia is easily the best guide for beginning/intermediate banjo player I ever saw, one of the most interesting and useful features being the accents - you can't become a good player if you don't understand these!
Thank a lot,
from a happy returning customer

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10/03/2015

Banjo Encyclopedia is really all you need

Banjo Encyclopedia is really all you need. great CD. If you can't learn from this, maybe try another instrument. Scruggs Style book is excellent. Thanks Ross

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09/11/2015

Everyone should start with this book

This is a really well thought out and well written book. It includes all of the usual introductory material on the banjo, that you would expect. The lessons are presented in a logical progression. The real value of this book are the drills for developing the important basic skills like timing and left and right hand abilities. I recommend this book even for people who have been playing a while, who want to hone their basic skills.

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08/19/2015

thanking him for the effort it must have taken to put this toget

......Now that I see the qualities of this gentleman, I am REALLY looking forward to meeting him and thanking him for the effort it must have taken to put this together!….

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08/19/2015

concentrating on working through the Banjo Encyclopedia exclusi

...Just a note to say thanks for writing the "Banjo Encyclopedia". I have 6 other Banjo "How to" books and while they all had relevant material in them none had the over all structure and sequence that yours' does. I have pretty much filed all the other books and am concentrating on working through the Banjo Encyclopedia exclusively. My overall progress has just shot through the roof ! You have indeed paved the road to success for learning the banjo and the journey is fulfilling and exciting. The advice you give is exceptional and I've found nothing to match in any other book I have and I have all the ones that are highly recommended.
Thanks Ross for providing an old Geezer like myself with a surefire path to success in learning the banjo. I mention you and the website every chance I get. Yours' I believe is the pinnacle method for learning the banjo.

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