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Fundamentals of 5-String Banjo -Book-DVD-Two CDs

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Learn Banjo Technique... "right" from the beginning!  - Learn the basics of 5-string bluegrass banjo playing "right" from the beginning. 

Study with Ross Nickerson and get your banjo playing off to a good start. Learn Banjo technique correctly first and create good habits right from the start.

Ross Nickerson covers all these subjects with you in a personal and informative way: Banjo rolls and picking patterns, fretting hand techniques, reading tablature,tuning the banjo, slides hammer-ons and pull-offs, practice tips, memorizing and playing without music, understanding timing, how to use a metronome, learning the chords, tightening the head, changing the strings, songs to learn and many other important fundamentals not found in other Books, CDs or DVDs. Comprehensive 52 Wire Bound Hard Copy Book.

Get off to a good start and avoid creating bad habits!

  • 52 Page Wire bound book
  • High quality DVD that shows both hands in split screen
  • Two Audio CDs of the lessons demonstrated
  • All Lesson demonstrations are slowed down for easy learning

Ross Nickerson's will help you get started with solid correct bluegrass banjo technique. Everything is covered in depth, demonstrated slowly for you and explained thoroughly. The book has loads of helpful advice on all the banjo basics and features easy to read music tablature with both right and left hand figuring indications and accent marks for the melody notes.

The two audio CDs come with all the lessons and songs demonstrated clearly at three speeds and also features backup play along tracks to practice with.

The DVD features high quality video with split screen technology and easy to use click through menus. Also included on the DVD is a special feature lesson on tuning the banjo, changing a string, putting on a strap, using the picks, tightening the head and other important banjo basics. The DVD has an added menu option for scrolling through the songs at the slow, medium or fast tempos separately.

Here are some songs you'll learn: Boil the Cabbage Down, Tom Dooley, Old Time Religion, Two Dollar Bill, Cripple Creek, Blackberry Blossom and John Henry.

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Fundamentals of Five String Banjo now includes the hard copy book.

Fundamentals in the past was sold as a four disc set with the book coming in digital form which needed to be viewed on your computer or printed out.

I felt as though students were not getting all the information delivered in the most effective way so I discontinued the Digital format so now you receive the Hard Copy Spiral Bound 52 Page Book with two CDs and DVD for the same price.

Oct 29, 2015
Beginner 'Noob' Banjo player
I'm new to instruments 'full stop'! When I got my DVD/PDF I couldnt wait to load it up on my screen & follow along. Its easy to follow, step by step but certainly something that I'm going to grow into while I grasp the fundamentals.

Aug 23, 2015
Thank you for your last minute assistance
The DVD was a hit for my nephew for Christmas. Thank you for your last minute assistance.

Aug 23, 2015
I can't believe the progress I have mad
Although I have only had the DVD's a few days, I can't believe the progress I have made sticking with my same 1hour a day practice. I knew that your material would fit my learning style as soon as I saw and read some of it before I ordered. Although I had learned rolls from other book sources and videos before, your method took me where I needed to go to understand what I was playing and why. The best compliment I can pass on is from my wife - she said my timing is so much better and she likes to listen to what I am playing (she ran for the head phones before). I am sure you get tons of notes like this, but I just wanted you to know how pleased - and grateful - I am.

Aug 23, 2015
I should have had this from the beginning
I have got to tell you that this DVD/CD set is something I should have had from the beginning. In my opinion it takes the beginner, in the best way I have ever seen, very carefully from square one, forward to playing tunes. May I suggest a web site link titled "Beginners Start Here" and list only two must have items, "Fundamentals of Five String..." and The Banjo Encyclopedia.

Aug 23, 2015
Your DVD on the Fundamentals of Banjo is fantastic.
Thank you, Your DVD on the Fundamentals of Banjo is fantastic. No one should be without this item. It has helped me tremendously. Because of you and your support and web site. I am learning how to play this beautiful instrument that I love so much. Thank you for your web site and for being there to help. I am recommending this site to my friends. Once again, thank you.

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