Does anyone know of any good books which feature Dixieland tunes for the banjo? I've always loved the New Orleans sound, but I've never found any books for tenor in jazz. Mel Bay's method is a joke, and I can't seem to find any others. Any luck?
www.live365.com join it and listen to Jazz Banjo Radio you can do a search for dixieland jazz on there and it will give you the free radio stations to listen to. Get tuned up and play with them. It will help ya alot. Bruce
Learn the chords, order the D-Cup Dixie Chords from www.Elderly.com and start looking around the antique stores for old Dukes of Dixieland albums recorded by Audio Fidelity. I started buying these old albums a couple of years ago at thrift stores not knowing that I was going to fall in love with the dixieland music. I took my Dukes of Dixieland albums and digitized them and make practice cds out of them. I did the same with Al Hirt Pier 600 albums and the Pete Fountain albums. These guys were all playing in New Orleans and play these songs the way they are suppose to be played. A book is not going to give you the ear training involved in trying to learn this type of music. Only listening to it over and over and learning all the chords that are available to you, then you can start putting it all together. Bruce