Banjo Lern-CD-ROM (Gerry O'Connor, Four men and a dog)
“...the single best four string banjoist in the history of Irish Music...”
- Earl Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal
Learn to play the banjo with our CD ROM banjo tutorial. Banjo instruction is provided by our banjo tutor Gerry O Connor. Video and audio files combine with music notation, text and photos to make the learning process as easy as possible.
The MadForTrad banjo tutorial was recorded by renowned banjo player Gerry O'Connor (of Four Men and a Dog fame). As well as being a successful performer, Gerry is also an experienced banjo teacher who regularly gives workshops in Ireland, Europe and the United States.
The banjo tutor caters for all levels from the absolute beginner to very advanced players. The banjo tutorial also includes a performance piece and an interview with the tutor.
The beginner's section of the banjo tutor takes the student through the basics like scales and basic picking techniques and gradually leads them to a level where they are able to play jigs and reels with some basic ornaments.
The individuals parts of each tune covered are demonstrated on video at a slow pace and subsequently the full tune is demonstrated at a medium pace. Detailed music notation is also provided for each tune.
How to Read Music
How to Hold and Tune the Banjo
Basic Picking Techniques
Five Easy Airs
Five Beginners Jigs
Five Beginners Reels
Single-note and Three-note Triplets
Jigs and Reels with Ornaments
The Advanced section takes the student from beginners level to a stage where they are able to play difficult tunes with intricate ornamentation and complex picking techniques. This section is designed to take the student up to a level of proficiency adequate for participation in sessions and competitions.
Eight Advanced Jigs
Eight Advanced Reels
Hammer-ons and Slides
Accented Passing Notes
Incorporation of Chord Shapes
Playing out of First Position