I’ve always loved Harry Reser; he of course is famous for his Novelty Ragtime compositions for the tenor banjo. I worked up The Cat and The Dog on the plectrum 25 years ago (I would now estimate at about the 75% accuracy level) after hearing Doug Mattocks play it, but I didn’t go any further with his music at that time.
In case you hadn’t noticed by now, I am a true-blue, died-in-the-wool, fully-certified banjo geek! I probably should have named my website/alter-ego The Banjo Geek instead of The Banjo Snob, but I’ll stay the course.
Johnny Baier graciously offered me the opportunity to be the “cover boy” for the latest All Frets magazine. Here is the resulting article: all-frets-article-with-cover
I have in the past said horrible, disparaging things about Chord Melody; heck, I published a whole book entitled The Plectrum Banjo: Beyond Chord Melody!
Click here for major-scales-in-chromatic-order
Click here for the tech-study-scales
I have recently begun creating and posting a series of “technical studies” for the plectrum banjo (click on the “Technique” tab). I had originally intended to write a book, but I realized that would be a waste of my time and resources (or at least a misuse of them), because—quite frankly—who would buy it?
CLICK HERE for circle-of-5ths-pattern-#1
Click here for finger-buster-#1
Click here for a PDF on finger-isolation-exercises.