Banjo Player


Learn The Right Notes On The 5-String Banjo


As one of the first stringed instruments in the United States, the banjo is deeply embedded into the soul of the country. The Right Notes provides intermediate and advanced players a better understanding of how to play the 5-string banjo through improvisation rather than classical musical notation or the TAB method.

Author BILL WELCH MD steps away from traditional methods, and his book about playing the banjo introduces us to a new style of teaching with multiple new licks and fifth-string fretting. The notes are associated with symbols on a map, and the book uses graphic display to demonstrate how the music is to be played. This straightforward method is excellent physical therapy, allows students to learn at their own pace, and gives them more confidence with the instrument.

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“the Right Notes” is a unique book that gives the reader a simple method to learn all the Right Notes on the 5-string banjo fingerboard. Every other book on playing a banjo concentrates on learning old banjo tunes. This book starts with Music Theory for Banjo Players, and concentrates on improvisation playing Music. The notes on the banjo fingerboard are identified on a Map of all the notes. Then those notes are linked into Chord Shapes, color coded regions, and an organization within Keys of Music. This graphic method of teaching makes learning the entire fingerboard easy. There are Step Ladders giving the banjo player the ability to play on every fret on the fingerboard. There are Single Note Runs to learn. Finally, the banjo player learns how to play in any key without a CAPO. There are recommendations on how to manage the 5th string in different keys. This book is entirely unique, with a new way of learning the banjo.

Excerpt from the Making Music Chapter

"This book makes no attempt to teach you songs. Alternatively, this book promotes endless music as improvisation with different versions of a melody weaving throughout. Sometimes it can be a Bluegrass rhythm just enjoying its own power and momentum. Other times it can be a soft new age breeze flowing over you while you listen. Now that you are practicing the Simple Heptatonic Scale and can play all over the neck, it is time to understand how to play Music. Practicing scales and playing the Finger Pattern Map, actually is Playing Music. However, adding a little structure to that beginning will more clearly identify what you are doing as Music."