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Banjo Resources

Following is a sample of Banjo resources available in the Music Department.
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Instructional Books

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Erbsen, Wayne.
A Manual on How to Play the 5-string Banjo: for the Complete Ignoramus!
q MT562 .E7 1977

Frey, David and Susanne Sangiacomo.
The ultimate plectrum banjo player's guide : for students, musicians, and teachers of plectrum banjo--amateurs and artists alike.
qMT562.F74 2000 vol. 1 & 2

Manus, Morty and Ron Manus.
Teach yourself to play banjo : everything you need to know to start playing the 5-string banjo.
qMT568.M37 1996x

Rosenbaum, Art.
The art of the mountain banjo : a survey of traditional banjo styles with tunings, playing tips, and musical notes
q M120.R6 A7x

Sokolow, Fred.
Fretboard roadmaps : 5-string banjo : the essential patterns that all the pros know and use.
q MT568.S72 2003x

Tainaka, Jerry.
Let's Play Banjo: 1001 5-string Chords
q MT568 .T34x

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Bluegrass for the American 5 string banjo.
q M121 .B6 1980x

Irish jigs : for melodic style 5 string banjo.
Arranged for solo and duet by Harold Streeter.
q M123 .I7 1980x

Songs for the American 5 string banjo.
Arranged by Erik Darling.
q M121 .S66 1980x

The Tony Trischka collection.
Transcriptions by Tony Trischka ; additional transcriptions by Ian Perry and Lubos Malina.
q M121.T66 1999x

Trischka, Tony and Bill Keith.
Bill Keith, banjo
q M121 .B54

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Black banjo songsters.
Produced and annotated by Cece Conway and Scott Odell.
Fo Bla #16029

Blue Ridge Mountain Banjo.
Cw Blu #12108

Dillard, Douglas.
The banjo album.
Cw Dil #21982

Flatt & Scruggs, 1948-1959.
(Box Set) Cw Fla #11869

Fleck, Bela.
Perpetual motion.
Cm Fle #17414

Seeger, Mike.
Southern banjo sounds.
Fo See #16976

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DVDs and Videos

The banjo of Ralph Stanley.
Taught by Ralph Stanley.
(DVD) MT568.B26 2005x

Bluegrass Jamming: A Guide for Newcomers and Closet Pickers.
Taught by Pete Wernick.
Mus I Ban

Get started on 5-string banjo.
Taught by David Holt.
(DVD) MT568.G48 2004x

How to play the 5-string banjo.
Taught by Pete Seeger.
(DVD) MT568.H65 2004x

Old time banjo: clawhammer style.
Taught by Frank Lee ; with special guests the Freight Hoppers.
(DVD) MT568.O43 2005x

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Banjo Newsletter
Monthly newsletter on the 5-string banjo can be used only in the Main Library.
Includes banjo tabs, articles, interviews and reviews.
Library has issues from 1990 to the present.

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Updated 6/08