Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo Mixed media product
by Earl Scruggs
- Format: Mixed media product
- Pages: 200 pages, ports, Illustrations
- Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
- Publication Date: 05/10/2005
- Category: String instruments
- ISBN: 9780634060427
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Review by jclemence
Having played the guitar for 15+ years, I had been toying with the idea of learning the banjo for some time. I finally made the decision to purchase one. I needed a resource to teach myself, and I found that this book came highly recommended by banjo players. Since I was looking to learn to play "Scruggs-style," it just made sense to buy the book.The book is simply great. As someone who already knew quite a bit about playing a stringed instrument, I was able to bypass the first 50 pages or so and start where I needed to. What is really nice is that the CD contains Earl playing through all of the exercises. This was of great help to me to hear how things are "supposed" to be played.Another great feature of the book are the extra chapters detailing Earl's life, the history of the banjo and how to build your own instrument. This definitely puts this great American instrument in a new perspective for me.The only downside to this book is that the CD does not contain the songs at the end. One must buy additional CDs to hear the songs. It would have been nice to have another CD included with the package, to make it a "one-stop-shop," if you will.All in all, a great book for the banjo player who understands some basics of the instrument and is looking to become proficient.