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Books, Sheet Music & Media
Folk String Instruments Instruction
The banjo is one heck of an instrument: a testament to the resourcefulness of the folks who created the first one, and a symbol for folk music lovers all over the country and even around the world. It comes from humble, down-home roots but that doesn't mean the technique just teaches itself - in fact, the banjo is more challenging to play than most beginners realize at first. But don't let that discourage you, because with the right mindset and a good collection of banjo instruction resources at your back, the sky's the limit for how far the banjo can take your musical career or hobby. The mindset is up to you, of course, but when it comes to instructional material, you're in the right place.
Of course, you don't have to be a beginner to make a great find in this section. You might simply want to brush up on your technique, or maybe branch out with a new type of banjo than the one you learned on, or a new musical style you haven't tried before. Books like the Hal Leonard Clawhammer Cookbook and the Music Sales Tenor Banjo Chord Book are handy for these endeavors - which is probably why they've made the list of top sellers for the category!
You'll also find some repertoire here, such as the Hal Leonard Christmas Songs for Banjo and the 400 Smokin' Bluegrass Banjo Licks Book/CD. And if you like the idea of an instructional book that comes with a CD bundled in, then you should definitely take a good look through the lineup because there are more where that came from. Being able to hear the techniques certainly makes it easier to master them, and with editions like the Hal Leonard Bluegrass Banjo Play-Along, you have the opportunity to play right along with the music to perfect your timings and chords.
So maybe it's time to dust off that banjo you bought but never got around to playing, or to expand the library of songs and genres that you already strum every day. These banjo instruction materials have lots to offer for players of all levels from beginner all the way to expert, so the only requirement going into the section is that you're cultivating a healthy love of all things banjo. Once you have the books and CDs in your hands, the more in-depth learning is soon to follow.