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Alan Munde  Favorite Gospel Tunes for Banjo Book Reviews

Submitted by MoTomCat (see all reviews from this person) on 3/15/2009

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Book and CD with 17 gospel songs tabbed out for banjo. One song is done in two different keys, but most are in a single key. No lyrics are included.

I hesitated reviewing this book as I have mixed feelings about it and the CD. Some of the songs are fine, sound good and the melody is easy to distinguish, but others are not to my liking. On some songs, they are mainly done with 3-finger chords, maybe 1 or 2 chords per measure, and a few connecting notes between the chords. They sound overly simplified to me and it's a little difficult to hear the melody on a few songs. If the CD had accompaniment where you could hear how those 3-finger chords should sound in the song, it might help. Others sound quite good though, so I wouldn't discount the whole book because of the few songs.

On, you can view a few pages of this book before purchase, and I'd recommend doing that. I purchased 3 gospel banjo books at the same time and prefer the other 2 over this one. Alan Munde is a great banjo player, and I expected all of the arrangements to be exceptional, but some of them left me disappointed. Just my opinion.


Overall Rating: 4

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