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Ron Block: A Fresh Look At Bluegrass Banjo DVD by Ron Block. For Banjo 5 String. Methods. Acutab. Instructional video. Bluegrass. Beginning-Intermediate. DVD. Duration 225 minutes. Published by Acutab Publications (MB.DRB1). There aren't many banjos players more widely heard, or who have performed before more people, than Ron Block. Working with Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1991, Ron's distinctive banjo sound has become nearly as much a part of the group sound as Alison's voice. Ron has taught in a limited number of workshops, but this is his first instructional DVD of any kind, offering a detailed look at his unique approach to the banjo. This 2 DVD release from AcuTab begins with Ron explaining how he learned, and what resources have been useful to him, plus how he looks at both left and right hand patterns. AcuTab's John Lawless leads him through a discussion of several topics, including tone production, Ron's use of bends and chokes, how he arranges solos, and improvisation. Ron goes into great detail about his practice routine, showing examples of exercises and drills he uses to stay in shape. He discusses how to use a metronome in your practice, with several examples. He also describes a number of guitar techniques and concepts which have informed his banjo playing, such as working within "boxes," or blocks of frets, and learning to visualize and play scales and patterns both vertically and horizontally. The meat of the DVD is in the songs Ron teaches, which are played in a number of keys and tunings. You'll learn Cluck Old Hen, Tiny Broken Heart, Man Of Constant Sorrow, I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers, Everytime You Say Goodbye, Bright Sunny South, My Poor Old Heart and Smashville. Each song is played with a band before Ron breaks it down lick by lick, and is then shown (medium and slow) in a split screen orientation. Three screen orientations are available for the split screen sections, based on whether the left or right hand is of greater interest - or seeing them both at equal size. Two audio mixes are available for the band sections: normal, and banjo-heavy. 3 hours and 45 minutes on 2 DVDs, with tab booklet.
$50.00

Instruments: 5-String Banjo, Banjo, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country
Jim Van Cleve - Become a More Complete Fiddler by Jim Van Cleve. For Fiddle. Methods. Acutab. Bluegrass. Beginning. DVD. Duration 240 minutes. Published by Acutab Publications (MB.DJVC1). Unlock the secrets of improvising in traditional American fiddle styles with this Grammy-nominated stage and studio master. In only ten years as a professional musician, Jim Van Cleve has made quite a name for himself in bluegrass and acoustic music. He's spent time with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, saw his debut solo CD nominated for a Grammy and toured all over the world with Mountain Heart. He's become a sought-after Nashville session player and one of the most admired fiddlers in bluegrass. Jim covers many things on these 2 DVDs, but they really break into three sections. After some discussion about early learning experiences, AcuTab's John Lawless leads Jim through a discussion on improvising and building solos on a number of popular bluegrass standards. Two songs, Banks of The Ohio and Pretty Polly, are each played and demonstrated in 3 different keys. Before demonstrating the tunes, Jim breaks down the scale and common positions for each key in turn. He shows where to find the melody, and where adjacent double stops are located, as well as licks and phrases that suit each song. Attention is given to both playing a melody-based solo and what a fiddle can do to assist the band sound in accompaniment. He also carefully teaches four songs he has recorded - three of his own (Nature of the Beast, Devil's Courthouse and #6 Barn Dance) plus Bill Monroe's classic Wheel Hoss. After being slowly demonstrated lick-by-lick, they are each shown (fast and slow) in a split screen orientation. A printed booklet with standard notation for each of these songs is included. Two screen orientations are available for the split screen sections, based on whether the left or right hand is of greater interest. Simply switch between them using the Angle key. Over 4 hours of instruction on 2 DVDs.
$50.00

Instruments: Violin, Fiddle, Strings, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country
Tony Trischka - Banjo Bundle Pack. (Tony Trischka Teaches 20 Easy Banjo Solos (Book/CD Pack) with Classic Bluegrass Banjo Solos (DVD)). Homespun Tapes. Book & CD & DVD Package. 29 pages. Published by Homespun (HL.642060). ISBN 1423436687. 9x12 inches. Includes the book/CD pack Tony Trischka Teaches 20 Easy Banjo Solos (00699056) and the DVD Classic Bluegrass Banjo Solos (00641567) in one money-saving pack.In the book/CD, Tony Trischka has personally chosen twenty traditional banjo solos that will teach you new ideas and add to your arsenal of licks and techniques. Tony performs each tune slowly, then up to speed, providing invaluable tips and explanations as he goes. By the time you have mastered all of these solos, you'll have acquired the basic skills necessary to play in the styles of Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, Sonny Osborne, and other bluegrass greats.In the DVD, Tony teaches eleven classic pieces. You'll learn them, note-for-note, just as they were played by some of the greatest players in the history of the instrument. By learning these tunes you'll not only expand your repertoire, but in the process will also become more flexible in your ability to mix up various rolls, play in several keys without a capo, and move more freely around the neck. Songs include: John Henry • Sitting on Top of the World • Gold Rush • Bye Bye Blues • Dixie Breakdown • and more.A great value at $44.95!
$44.95

Pages: 29
Instruments: Banjo, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country
Sam Bush - Mandolin Bundle Pack. (Sam Bush Teaches Mandolin Repertoire & Technique (Book/CD Pack) with Bluegrass Mandolin (DVD)). Homespun Tapes. Book & CD & DVD Package. 38 pages. Published by Homespun (HL.642063). ISBN 1423436717. 9x12 inches. Includes the book/CD pack Sam Bush Teaches Mandolin Repertoire & Technique (00695339) and the DVD Bluegrass Mandolin (00641669) in one money-saving pack.In the book/CD, one of the most versatile and powerful musicians playing today teaches 8 great repertoire tunes that will help mandolin players develop their style and technique. This lesson covers traditional bluegrass tunes as well as jazz-flavored “new-grass” originals: Cotton Patch Rag • Tom & Jerry • Leather Britches • Lime Rock • Banjalin • Diadem • Norman and Nancy • and Russian Rag.In the DVD, Sam details the dominant mandolin styles from Bill Monroe to Newgrass! He demonstrates powerful techniques while teaching ten classic tunes: Paddy on the Turnpike • Gray Eagle • Sugarfoot Rag • Sapporo • Bill Cheatham • East Virginia Blues • Wayfaring Stranger • Manzanita • Banks of the Ohio • Sittin' on Top of the World. Includes music and tab.A great value at $44.95!
$44.95

Pages: 38
Instruments: Mandolin, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country
Adam Steffey - My Approach To Bluegrass Mandolin - Acutab DVD by Adam Steffey. For Mandolin. Methods. Acutab. Bluegrass. Beginning. DVD. Duration 260 minutes. Published by Acutab Publications (MB.DAS1). This 2 DVD SET From AcuTab contains 4 Hours and 20 minutes of insight, instruction, tunes, tips and technique from this 5 time IBMA award-winning picker. On disk 1, AcuTab's John Lawless leads Adam through a discussion of several topics, including chop rhythm, right hand attack, note spacing, tone/volume, practicing and building speed - with demonstrations of each in turn. Adam then spends roughly 45 minutes describing and demonstrating how you can build a bluegrass-style solo based on the basic melody of a song. He takes 3 common jam tunes and shows how to start with the simple melody and build a solo- in several keys. On both disks, Adam takes great care to present the material in a way that even new pickers can benefit from it. A printed booklet (tab/standard) is included.
$40.00

Instruments: Mandolin, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country
By Jethro Burns and Ken Eidson. For Mandolin. Solos. Complete. Bluegrass & Country. Multiple Levels. Book/CD Set. 240 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc
$39.95

Pages: 240
Instruments: Mandolin, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country
Complete Bluegrass Banjo Method Book/CD Set by Neil Griffin. For Banjo (5-String). Methods. Complete. Bluegrass. Multiple Levels. Book/CD Set. 244 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.93345BCD). ISBN 9780786665211. Bluegrass. 8.75x11.75 inches. One of the very best G tuning five-string bluegrass banjo methods available! The book teaches how to pick out tunes single-string style (one note at a time), how to play chord accompaniment, and how to play solos in the full three-finger, bluegrass style. Topics include note and tab reading, chord background styles, traditional bluegrass techniques, fills and endings, use of the capo, rolls, slides, hammers, pull-offs, choking, harmonics, and up-the-neck playing. In notation and tablature. The CD includes acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, and a rhythm track as well as the 5-string banjo. All songs and most exercises are included in this teaching recording, performed at a tempo that the student should be able to maintain in short order.
$35.99

Pages: 244
Instruments: 5-String Banjo, Banjo, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country
Ron Stewart - A Bluegrass Banjo Professional DVD by Ron Stewart. For Banjo 5 String. Methods. Acutab. Bluegrass. Beginning-Intermediate. DVD. Duration 120 minutes. Published by Acutab Publications (MB.DRS1). Ron Stewart has emerged in recent years as one of the most admired and influential banjos players in bluegrass music. His fluid - almost effortless - style is on display in this DVD, where Ron discusses his thoughts on many aspects of professional-level banjo playing - like finding and playing the melody on a vocal tune and positioning/adapting the right hand for the best tone. AcuTab's John Lawless hosts the DVD which will be of interest and great value to players at all levels of skill or experience. Beginning and interediate players will be able to learn several of the tunes and also profit from Ron's descriptions of finding the melody. More advanced players can tackle some of the tougher tunes, but can learn a great deal from simply watching and listening to Ron's fabulous tone! Ron also demonstrates and teaches a number of songs he has recorded.
$35.00

Instruments: 5-String Banjo, Banjo, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country
Alan Bibey - Master Mandolinist DVD by Alan Bibey. For Mandolin. Technic. Acutab. Bluegrass. Multiple Levels. DVD. Duration 120 minutes. Published by Acutab Publications (MB.DAB1). Since first hitting the scene with New Quicksilver in the early 1980s, Alan Bibey has been making a name for himself as one of the most creative and technically gifted mandolinist in bluegrass and acoustic music. Subsequent recordings and performances with IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid & Carolina and Blue Ridge have cemented this reputation. In this instructional video from AcuTab, Alan shares his knowledge and insight with players, students and lovers of the mandolin everywhere. This presentation was designed to offer instruction and motivation for players at any level. Less experienced mandolinist will find helpful tips about practice and technique. More skilled players can pick up useful hints on improvisation and accompaniment, along with a number of great tunes and licks! Much of the material will be of interest at any level. A printed booklet is included with both tab and standard notation for the tunes Alan teaches in the video.
$35.00

Instruments: Mandolin, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country
By Dix Bruce and Bill Evans. For Banjo 5 String. Tune Book. Bluegrass. Multiple Levels. Book/CD Set. 304 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc
$34.99

Pages: 304
Instruments: 5-String Banjo, Banjo, Folk
Genres: Bluegrass, Country