Hello all, last weekend my son and I were invited to a pickin’ party in Connecticut hosted by Nick Andersen and his lovely wife Joan. I have never met such a wonderful group of people like these folks in years. They accepted my autistic son Matt like he was their own boy. He has been playing guitar and banjo for about 6 months and is doing good. I have been playing banjo for about a year and am doing ok lol. We pretty much both love and listen to The Stanley Brothers older stuff so thats what we mess around with. The folks were playing many songs that we were unfamiliar with but could play along with most of the 3-4 chords but would love to be more familiar. So my question is can anyone recommend any cd’s with lets say the most familiar traditional bluegrass songs? Thanks for taking the time to read this and God bless. Any suggestions Matt and I will be very grateful for them. Again, we are beginners wanting to get a little better??
No one CD, but Pete Wernick has links to YouTube and Spotify playlists of jam-session standards.
The Bill Monroe Anthology (50 songs) is a good one, as is the Essential Earl Scruggs (40 songs). I also have the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, the complete Mercury recordings (48 songs).
Thank you so much.
Butch Robins put out a couple albums under the band named The Bluegrass Band.Every song on those recordings is bluegrass classic after bluegrass classic. I listen to those CDs more than anything else in my catalog. Check them out! I’m sure you will love them.They are available on iTunes. I’m sure they’re probably available elsewhere also.
This is great!!! Thank you
Hi Andy, Sounds like you and Matt had a ball at Nick's. Sorry I missed it this year! Check out the media section here on Banjo Hangout. I have compiled a great list of mp3's right from here. Actually titled one folder "To learn"
Thank you Nora, hoping to get a cd. Would have loved to see you and Dave there. Hopefully next year God willing.
Andy Wasielewski If you learn from books, you might be interested in the book "Parking Lot Picker's Songbook, Banjo Edition" which you can find on Amazon (and other vendors). 200+ tunes with basic melody notes (not complete arrangements) in standard notation and tab. You get online access to audio of the tunes (not the complete tunes), enough to start helping you become familiar with what it sounds like. If you pick up an older used version, it might even have the CD. Since there are just the melody notes, it would give you some experience with creating your arrangements.
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