The banjo is an iconic instrument that has been an integral part of American folk and bluegrass music for centuries. If you’re interested in learning more about this versatile instrument, there are plenty of books available that can provide valuable insight into its history, construction, and playing techniques. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best books about banjos that you can add to your collection.
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The Best Books about Banjos
Learning the Banjo
Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo: Revised and Enhanced Edition
This classic book is considered the bible of bluegrass banjo playing. Written by the legendary Earl Scruggs, it provides a comprehensive guide to the techniques he used to develop his signature style. The book includes detailed instructions for playing all of the classic bluegrass tunes, as well as a wealth of tips and tricks for getting the most out of your banjo.
Banjo For Dummies
If you’re just starting out with the banjo, this book is a great place to begin. Written by renowned banjo player and teacher Bill Evans, “Banjo for Dummies” provides a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know to get started with the instrument. The book includes detailed instructions for playing a variety of styles, as well as information on banjo history, construction, and maintenance.
How to Play the 5-string Banjo: A Manual for Beginners
Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus
Clawhammer for the Complete Ignoramus
Banjo Primer Book for Beginners Deluxe Edition
Banjo Chord Finder: Easy-to-Use Guide to Over 2,800 Banjo Chords
The Earl Scruggs Banjo Songbook
First 50 Songs You Should Play on Banjo
The Beatles Banjo Tab
Janet Davis’s Ultimate Banjo Songbook
Biography and History
Earl Scruggs: Banjo Icon
The Birth of the Banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and Early Minstrelsy
Banjo Roots and Branches (Music in American Life)
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