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Alan Munde  Solo Banjo Book Reviews

Submitted by mwriley (see all reviews from this person) on 7/16/2009

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This is an awesome book/cd package. The tunes in this book are written out just the way Alan plays them. They are not watered down or simplified. They are not easy to play but are well worth the effort. Even if you are not inclined to spend the time learning the arrangements note for note there are a ton of great licks and harmonic ideas that you can extract and use in your own arrangements. I am amazed at how many things I have found that I have not seen elsewhere. These arrangements are a treasure trove of ideas. All the tunes are played on the included CD so you can listen what it is supposed to sound like. If you are like me this is critical since I am pretty good at figuring out the fingerings from tab, but I don’t always get the feel for how those notes fit together. For an intermediate player like me this book has also been a confidence builder. Although I am at a loss to understand how Alan comes up with all these wonderful ideas, I have not come across anything that I do not believe that I couldn’t learn to play with enough practice. This book is a great learning tool and perhaps even more importantly it is just downright fun.
I’m working on “Red Wing” right now. Very Cool! Here are the tunes included: Old Joe Clark, Fred’s Frolic, Red Wing, Old Spinning Wheel, Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet, Seeing Nellie Home, Liza Jane, Lonesome Road Blues, Peaches and Cream, Prisoner’s Song, Grandfather’s Clock, Titanic, John Henry, The French Broad, and Pavan for a Dead Princess. The last two are a little avant-garde for my taste but are interesting to listen to on the CD.

Overall Rating: 9

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