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If you want to get the basics for a bunch of different older styles, I highly, highly recommend this DVD set.
The stringed instrument galvanized a good form of taking part in designs within the South throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century. On this in-depth videodisc lesson and demonstration, microphone Seeger presents a survey of these designs, teaching every of them to assist you develop a full vary of repertoire and ancient techniques.
This is the primary of a 3-volume series covering nearly all of the foremost stringed instrument designs and techniques, similarly as a glance at a number of the categories of banjos that are compete throughout its history in America. Volume one focuses on a family of designs typically thought-about to be of African origin and diversely called hammer, frailing, rapping, drop-thumb and down-picking. every video section options a song or tune with temporary data on its vogue and supply, a whole performance of the piece, and elaborated split-screen instruction on the way to play it. you will additionally see a close-up read of every of the 9 banjos used.
Mike teaches an exquisite form of songs that you will before long be adding to your repertoire: "Soon within the Morning, Babe" associate degree African yank hammer selecting vogue from Mississippi with gourd banjo; taunt Thomas's "Roustabout" associate degree African yank accompaniment technique from Virginia; "Jim Crack Corn" associate degree irregular-accent hammer style; "Battle within the Horseshoe" a basic hammer tune; "Darling Cora" victimization American state multi-finger brush technique; "Devil's Dream" in North geographic area up-pick, up-&-down-stroke style; "Little Birdie" victimization two-finger American state up-pick, down-stroke style; round the World, in a very three-finger up-pick down-stroke style; and "Whoopin' Up Cattle" a hammer piece on a double-drone-string stringed instrument.
The items on this videodisc include a large vary of problem. Some are simple enough for a near-beginner to be able to play, and a sophisticated intermediate player can quickly be able to master these items and greatly take pleasure in Mike's program.
The material given here is predicated on microphone Seeger's Grammy-nominated Smithsonian CD "Southern stringed instrument Sounds."