Old-time Mountain Banjo
An Instruction Method for playing the old-time five-string mountain banjo based on the styles of traditional banjo-pickers. Contents: 1. Beginning Up- and Down-Picking; 2. Two-Finger Picking (Two Approaches); 3. More Down-Picking (Clawhammer, Drop Thumb, Frailing); 4. The Fretless Banjo; Afterword; Appendices (23 Traditional Tunings, What Kind of Banjo Should You Have?, A Selected Discography).
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Oak Publications; First Edition edition (1968)
Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.2 x 12 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
“Beautifully illustrated, nice selections: I got this book around 1971, when it was still pretty new, along with John Burke’s Old Time Fiddle Tunes for Banjo, and found that they complemented each other very nicely–Burke’s more melodic settings vs. the range of traditional styles and songs introduced in this book. The authentically traditional styles and tunes introduced in this book are a very nice selection. If you’ve heard the tunes, the lack of timing markers in the tab isn’t much of a problem.
A unique feature that makes “Old-time Mountain Banjo’ really worth having is the wash (watercolor printed in b&w?) paintings and drawings of traditional scenes and players that grace its pages. These are beautifully conceived and executed–and infuse the book with the atmosphere of the old-timers and their music.
Whether he’s discussing a tune, the particular setting he’s transcribed, an oldtime tunester, or how to find a banjo that suits you, Art Rosenbaum is great to learn from. This book has stood the Forty Year Test and is still an easy five-stars.” — Billy in the Lowground, Amazon Reviews