LeWalt Publishing - Guitar, 5-String Banjo and Mandolin Instruction - Harold Streeter

5-String Banjo Improvisations
for 3-Finger Picking

by Harold Streeter

Our first banjo book, first published in 1974 ...in print again...

     If you've been playing banjo for some time and are looking for arrangements with a little (and sometimes a lot) challenge, plus a good source for expanding your improvisational knowledge and expertise on the banjo, this 94-page book might be the solution. Through written and recorded examples of 27 songs, 6 tunings, plus 234 measures of intros, fills, runs, and endings, which are all demonstrated at slow and normal tempos on CD, 5-String Banjo Improvisations takes you from intermediate to advanced level.

Here are the songs in 5-String Banjo Improvisations:

  • Arkansas Traveler - D tuning
  • Bill Cheatham - G, C, and D tunings
  • Black Mountain Rag - G tuning
  • Buffalo Gals - G tuning
  • Dixie, Look Away - G and D tunings
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky - C minor tuning
  • Hava Naguela - G tuning
  • House of the Rising Sun - G minor tuning
  • Jenny Lynn - G tuning
  • Little Maggie - G tuning
  • Little Rosewood Casket - G tuning
  • Lonesome Fiddle Blues - G tuning
  • Lonesome Indian - G tuning
  • Maple Leaf Rag - G tuning
  • Nellie Bly - G tuning
  • Old Joe Clark - D tuning
  • Paddy On the Turnpike - G tuning
  • Red River Valley - G tuning
  • Scott Bobbin Rag - Modified G tuning
  • Soldier's Joy - C tuning
  • Take This Hammer - G tuning
  • Tennessee Stud - D tuning
  • Under the Double Eagle - G tuning
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken - G tuning

And here's what's on the recordings:

  • FIRST CD - Explains "banjo philosophy" as applied to improvisation, and how to use the book.
  • SECOND CD - A demonstration of all 27 songs in the book at slow and normal tempo.
  • THIRD CD - A demonstration of a total of 234 measures of intros, fills, runs, and endings at slow and normal tempo from the backup chapters.
  • FOURTH CD - This recording consists of guitar and bass accompaniment tracks for all songs in the book. Each time you learn a song from the book, play it along with its track on this recording to check your timing. Beginning song counts and demonstrations of banjo entry are included with all tracks. All accompaniments (except for Maple Leaf Rag) are played at least twice through their normal length.

(Total time of recordings is just over four hours)

How to order 5-String Banjo Improvisations for 3-Finger Picking:

First, click on the ready-for-printing order form, then write in your choice of book, book and recordings, or recordings only, and corresponding order number, all shown below. Next, mail the form along with a check or money order made out to LeWalt Publishing), to:
LeWalt Publishing, 4930 E Horsehaven Ave, Post Falls, Idaho 83854 U.S.A.
Within 15 days of receipt of your check, you'll receive your order.

5-String Banjo Improvisations (book only):
Order # BC622 - $16.95

5-String Banjo Improvisations book and 4 CDs:
Order # BB769 - $49.95

If you already have the book but would like the set of 4 CDs:
Order # BCT903 - $39.95

(Please include shipping and handling as per the information at the bottom of the order form)

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