Earl Scruggs is one of the most well-known banjo players of all time. His three-finger style of banjo playing became known as Scruggs Style and is commonly used in bluegrass music. Scruggs Style can be heard in several recognizable songs, including “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and the theme song of “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
With the Scruggs Style of playing, musicians pick the banjo strings with their thumb, index finger and middle finger quickly to create a lively sound. Mastering this style of banjo playing requires a lot of practice. At Banjo.com, we’re offering the Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo Book with CD to help you learn how to use this technique when playing bluegrass music or other types of music on the banjo. For a limited time, the book and CD are available for $34.95, instead of the regular price of $45. The book, which was originally written by Scruggs and first published in 1968, includes valuable information on banjo playing for beginners. The latest edition includes a biography of Scruggs, information on the Nashville Numbering System and improved tablature notation. You’ll also find more than 40 tunes to practice your banjo playing skills on. Some of the other features in the book include:
- The history of the 5-string banjo
- Information on reading music and tablature
- Steps on building a banjo and tuners
- Information on tuning a banjo
- Exercises to practice picking
Some of the songs included in the book are “Dear Old Dixie,” “Lonesome Road Blues,” “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” Carolina Traveler,” “Good Times Are Past and Gone” and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” one of Scruggs’ biggest and best-known hits.
With the purchase of the Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo Book with CD, you’ll also be able to listen to songs while practicing in order to improve your technique.
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