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Banjo 2nd Edition
by Bill Evans
Banjo For Dummies®, 2nd Edition Published by: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774, www.wiley.com
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Library of Congress Control Number: 2020945190
ISBN 978-1-119-73138-2 (pbk); ISBN 978-1-119-73139-9 (ebk); ISBN 978-1-119-73140-5 (ebk)
Manufactured in the United States of America
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Contents at a Glance Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Part 1: The Amazing Five-String Banjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 CHAPTER 1: You Want to Play What?: Banjo Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 CHAPTER 2: Tuning Your Banjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 CHAPTER 3: Starting to Play: Fretting and Strumming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 CHAPTER 4: Playing by the Rules: Songs and Tablature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Part 2: Let’s Pick! Basic Banjo Techniques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 CHAPTER 5: Getting Right with the Right Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 CHAPTER 6: Sliding, Hammering, and Pulling: Adding the Left Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 CHAPTER 7: Working Up Your First Tunes: Clawhammer and Bluegrass . . . . . . . . . 129
Part 3: Playing Styles Past, Present, and Future . . . . . . . . . . . 141 CHAPTER 8: Playing the Old-Time Way: Clawhammer and Traditional Styles . . . . . 143 CHAPTER 9: Playing Three-Finger Styles: Scruggs, Melodic, and Single String . . . . . 161 CHAPTER 10: Playing Up-the-Neck Backup: Chords and Vamping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 CHAPTER 11: Playing Historical Styles: African, Minstrel, and Classic Banjo . . . . . . . . 209 CHAPTER 12: Networking into Banjo Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Part 4: Buying a Banjo and Keeping It in Good Shape . . . . . 239 CHAPTER 13: Finding Your Banjo Bliss: A Buyer’s Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 CHAPTER 14: Getting the Right Stuff: Banjo Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 CHAPTER 15: Taking Care of Your Baby: String Changing and
Basic Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291
Part 5: The Part of Tens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311 CHAPTER 16: Ten Tips to Make Practicing More Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313 CHAPTER 17: Ten Great Banjo Players You Need to Hear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321
Part 6: Appendixes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327 APPENDIX A: Banjo Chords and Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329 APPENDIX B: Audio Tracks and Video Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343
Table of Contents INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
About This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Foolish Assumptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Icons Used in This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Beyond the Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Where to Go from Here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
PART 1: THE AMAZING FIVE-STRING BANJO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
CHAPTER 1: You Want to Play What?: Banjo Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Getting into Banjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Loving that amazing sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Becoming a true believer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Identifying Different Kinds of Banjos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Five-string banjo: The subject of this book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Tenor and plectrum banjos: Look for another book . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Knowing the Parts of a Banjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Looking at the neck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Checking out the pot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Picking up string vibrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Becoming a Banjo Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Making wise purchase choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Tuning and holding your banjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Fretting chords with the left hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Playing authentic right- and left-hand patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Practicing some real tunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Jamming in good company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Meeting other banjo lovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Keeping your banjo sounding great . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
CHAPTER 2: Tuning Your Banjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 G Tuning: Getting Your Strings in Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Relative Tuning: Tuning the Banjo to Itself . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Reference Tuning: Getting a Little Outside Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Using an electronic tuner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Tuning with an electronic tuner at a jam session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Using another instrument as a reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
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CHAPTER 3: Starting to Play: Fretting and Strumming . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Talking Banjo Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Positioning Body and Banjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Strapping on your banjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Sitting down to play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Standing with your banjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Fretting with the Left Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Fingering G, D7, and C Chords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
The G chord: Real easy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 The D7 chord: A little harder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 The C chord: More challenging still . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Checking Out Chord Diagrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Reading a chord diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Interpreting up-the-neck chord diagrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Chord Progressions: Playing Your First Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
CHAPTER 4: Playing by the Rules: Songs and Tablature . . . . . . . . . . 53 Breaking Down the Parts of a Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Feeling the rhythm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .…