I searched and see it's come up several times, but mostly in 2019 and all the threads are short and archived.
I'm pretty new and I just got my copy this afternoon and I lost track of time because it was so enjoyable.
It's very accessible, yet the arrangements make you sound/feel like you're good.
I'm taking clawhammer lessons with one of the teachers who advertized on this site, and that made a world of difference. Nothing I tried to DIY with clawhammer got me very far (I'm a stuffy classical bowed instrument player who likes "the dots" (standard music notation) so I was spinning my wheels trying to figure out clawhammer from YouTube - but the teacher I found here is great). But my schedule changed so I'm going to be missing a few weeks of lessons and thought I'd give 2-finger a try while I'm on my own - and this book (the Dick Sheridan Two Finger Banjo) is just the trick.
Dick Is my teacher and friend. I started playing standard tuned tenor banjo with him. He has written many useful and fun books and the music in his Celtc book intrigued me. It was such fun that I switched tuning to Irish tenor. And then the pandemic came and my lessons stopped. But I discovered Dick's mandolin book. So, in a sense, I could still learn from him. And just recently he has come out with a new book, The Irish Tenor Banjo. Some great tunes.
Heady I see that you recommend the Sheridan book. In one of your posts you mentioned the Schroeder book. Do you like Schroeder's as well?
Yes I do like the Schroeder books as well. I study education and particularly cognitive function (but in an education way more so than a psychology or neuroscience way), and the way Schroeder scaffolds is great. My particularly favorite bit is in the second or third - can't recall - he explains something, but then adds a second page with an alternate view from someone who gave him feedback on a previous volume. He thought his way works for him, but the reader's suggestion might work for others, so he made both ideas part of his book and only took credit for the way he does it. That tells me, even if he doesn't realize it, the guy knows how to teach, and if he knows how to teach, I can learn from his book.
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