Parts of a banjo(ist); From one ignoramus to another; How to use this book; How to buy a banjo; How to hold your banjo; Tuning for ignoramuses; Fingering the banjo; How to read banjo tablature; Playing rolls; Your first roll, the pinch; Melody notes; Drone notes; Yankee doodle; Bile 'em cabbage down; Down the road; Groundhog; Lynchburg town; Poor Ellen Smith; Palms of victory; Nine pound hammer; Columbus stockade blues; When I law my burden down; Blue ridge mountain blues; Roll in my sweet baby's arms; Wabash cannonball; Redi river valley; Little Maggie; Long journey home; My home's across the blue ridge mountains; Pass me not; Pretty polly; Put my little shoes away; Shall we gather at the river; When the saints go marching in; Man of constant sorrow; Beginning rolls; Forward roll; More rolls; Slides; Banjo chords; Native gorund music.
Wayne Erbsen has made it his lifelong passion to collect, preserve and perform historic American music. An active teacher, musician, writer, and publisher, he is President of Native Ground Music, Inc. He lives with his wife Barbara and their three children near Asheville, North Carolina.
"Written by contest-winning banjo player Wayne Erbsen, Bluegrass Banjo For The Complete Ignoramus! is a straightforward how-to instructional that uses simple instructions, drills, basic songs, and an accompanying music CD to teach the lay reader the basics of how to hold, use, and create music with the banjo. Direct, simple guidelines form the hallmark of this easy-to-follow guide, that makes learning to play the banjo fun. Bluegrass Banjo For The Complete Ignoramus! is strongly recommended for beginning to intermediate banjo players; especially those who are interested in learning from a professional and will benefit from the tips, tricks, techniques, and drills so deftly presented." - Midwest Book Review