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Just Published My New Clawhammer Banjo Book

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hi Everyone,

I just self-published a clawhammer banjo book, Clawhammer Banjo String Band Favorites.  It took almost a year to write the book and record all the tunes (200+) and exercises from the book.  Following is a blurb I sent out to my online resellers and music stores:

"This is a complete banjo book.  It contains over 200 banjo arrangements that were created to accompany many of the most popular old-time fiddle tunes.  All tunes are shown in a simple banjo tablature format that is explained in the book, and all tunes display the associated guitar chords.  Most tunes are referenced to a particular recording source listed in the discography.  The playing style is clawhammer banjo with a big influence from the legendary Round Peak banjo players, such as Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham and Kyle Creed.  Some tunes lend themselves to a more melodic style.  Five tunings are used in the book and they are fully described.  The book is sectioned according to the tuning.  In addition to the tunes, the appendix contains a wealth of material for developing banjo players, including scales, exercises and a chord chart.  The accompanying CD contains all the tunes and exercises from the book.  The book is richly illustrated with snapshots of musicians, young and old, from all over the country."

At my website,, you can download the table of contents, a tune list and the tab for two banjo tunes from the book.       Thanks, Steve


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Playing Since: 1972
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Vega Whyte Laydie, Vega Tubaphone, Goose Acres A-scale Fretless, Kevin Enoch Tradesman Fretless, George Dobson, Joseph Rickett

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Double Decker String Band, Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, David Winston, Gordy Hinners, John Herrmann, Tom Sauber, Jody Stecher, Hank Bradley, Brad Leftwich, Dan Gellert, Dirk Powell, Suzy Thompson, Bruce Molsky, Chirps Smith, Bruce Greene, Greg and Jere Canote

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Taught mandolin for 12 years at McCabe's Guitar Store, St. Monica, CA. Tutor at Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (mandolin, banjo). Banjo/mandolin judge at Topanga banjo & Fiddle Contest, Calabasas, CA for many years. Wrote and self-published four music books: "Clawhammer Banjo String Band Favorites," "Ragtime for Fiddle and Mandolin," 蕦 Hot Tunes for Fiddle and Mandolin" and ൘ Original Piano Rags." Sometimes member of the "Growling Old Geezers" string band. My favorite banjo playing is clawhammer in the Round Peak style, especially on my fretless banjos. I also teach clawhammer banjo and old-time mandolin.

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