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Janet Davis: You Can Teach Yourself Banjo

Submitted by RandyO on 9/2/2011

Where Purchased: Janet Davis Website

Overall Comments

I highly recommend this book for any beginning student of the Banjo. I purchased the Book, CD and DVD combo package. Janet writes this book with the beginner in mind. She does not jump to Intermediate Level after 2 or 3 lessons like other instruction books do. She gives you bite size morsels to start off and digest and the lessons follow a logical progression with each lesson building on the previous lesson. The basic roll patterns (and their ALTERNATIVES) are clearly demonstrated and explained. The roll patterns are taught in such a way to help the student build dexterity for more advanced techniques later on. I have met teachers who were professional musicians who use this book for their entry level students. I have since progressed from this book and am now studying Janets more advanced books. I highly recommend this book for the entry level student of the Banjo.

Overall Rating: 10

Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie: Eclipse

Submitted by RandyO on 9/2/2011

Where Purchased: Bluegrass Festival

Overall Comments

I really respect Bill Emerson as a Banjo player and he is one of my idols. He has a very clean technique and tone. Quite frankly this is one of Bill's finest CDs/Albums to date. The CD is primarily an instrumental CD, but there are 2 standout vocal tracks: "Jesse James" and "Don't Come Around" which was penned by his new fiddle player Jenny Leigh Obert. (Jenny has a very bright future as a fiddle player in Bluegrass.) Overall, the musicianship is outstanding. Bill has assembled an excellent group of musicians in "Sweet Dixie". Some of the standout tracks are: New San Juan, Coast to Coast, Chilly Winds, Don't Come Around, Ride it Out, and No Steering, No Brakes, just to name a few. The entire CD is great!

Overall Rating: 10

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