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.
Before I write a word, let me say this: I admit, I was at one time staunchly “PRO four-string banjo,” to the point of being jealous of (“why do they get all the banjo attention?”), and basically “against” the five-string. Because of that reputation, I may still come across as such in my writing, but I assure you, I am now firmly “pro-banjo.” Regardless of how many strings it happens to have (4, 5, 6, 7, what does it matter?)—or what kind of music is played on it—the unique banjo sound and look is the same.
Let’s face it—music is a big, complex subject! High-level accomplishment on any instrument generally requires a lifetime of study and practice to achieve (professional classical musicians peak in their 50s, after a lifetime of tireless practice and performance);