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Complete 5-String Banjo Method by Ned Luberecki - Alfred Publications

Posted by Nedski on Monday, February 22, 2016

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I am beyond excited to let you all know that my Complete 5-String Banjo Method is finally available!

It is available in three volumes: Beginning Banjo, Intermediate Banjo and Mastering Banjo.

Beginning Banjo was written with the absolute beginner in mind and covers the basics such as reading TAB, making and changing simple chords and playing some simple but recognizable tunes. The emphasis is on keeping the melody and rhythm clear and strong. There’s also a chapter on clawhammer style and basic banjo maintenance including string changing. Beginning Banjo should take the beginner from zero banjo knowledge to playing knowing how to play some basic bluegrass style tunes using slides, pull-offs and hammer-ons and get someone up to speed on knowing how to learn tunes on their own. A DVD is included in which I play everything that’s in the book.
For the Intermediate Banjo I focused on how to create your own solos and improvise over some familiar chord progressions. My feeling is that once you’ve got the basics (in Beginning Banjo) you should start playing and jamming with other people. That’s where the fun really starts! Intermediate Banjo has the tools to get you moving in that direction. It also includes sections on more advanced backup, chords, more licks and melodic and single string styles. Instead of a DVD, the Intermediate and Mastering books come with a download code for video content that covers everything that’s in the book. (It took a whole week of filming at the Alfred Studios in Los Angeles to get everything filmed, but the videos are very complete and clear. It was a lot of work, but I think it all turned out great!)
For Mastering Banjo, my approach was to think outside of the Bluegrass box. In today’s world the 5-string banjo is being included and accepted in more styles of music than ever before, so I wanted to give banjo players a good jumping off point in which to join the rest of the musical world. Mastering banjo includes sections on chord construction, major and minor scales in melodic and single string styles, playing in different keys (like A, E, F, Bb) without a capo and some more advanced techniques in combining melodic, Scruggs and single string styles to help banjoists adapt to whatever musical situation they might face. (Of course it’s all applicable to bluegrass as well!)
All three books are available at Amazon and your favorite music and banjo retailer and also from my website at If you'd like to order from me, I'd be happy to autograph and personalize your copy. Just follow the instructions on the order page. And for a limited time, anyone who orders all three volumes will get free shipping!
Thanks for checking them out!
Beginning Banjo     Intermediate Banjo     Mastering Banjo

2 comments on “Complete 5-String Banjo Method by Ned Luberecki - Alfred Publications”

thebanjobert Says:
Monday, February 22, 2016 @9:30:23 AM

Ok, count me in, Ned. Looks like an outstanding instructional series. Will be placing my order on your web site today.


Tom Hanway Says:
Thursday, April 28, 2016 @7:59:26 PM

Congratulations, Ned, these are awesome! Best ~ Tom

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