A Book Of Five Strings - online tutorial

Strategies for mastering the art of old time banjo.

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Example Two
On the next page I have put together a complete "fake" bluegrass tune for you that blends several standard bluegrass elements into something that sounds kind of cool.
Use this as something to experiment with. When you find yourself jamming with a three-finger player you can mix in bits and pieces of this example as you see fit. Remember, the only thing separating bluegrass and old time banjo is the physical technique used to strike the strings. You'll be surprised at how much you can learn from players not connected with old time banjo or old time music.
The Blues
Covering all the possibilities of just the general idea of "blues banjo" would fill more than one book. What we are going to do here is look at a handful of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.






E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III