Instructional Material

All Fred's books have tablature unless otherwise noted. Most have music notation too. The DVD's have PDF file/tab books (instead of paper books) that you can access when you put the DVD in your computer.

Banjo Methods

FRETBOARD ROADMAPS FOR BANJO - ZOOM CLASSES

FRETBOARD ROADMAPS FOR BANJO - ZOOM CLASSES

Learn to play all over the fretboard, in any key...backup and solos! Each class will expand your knowledge of the banjo fretboard and make you a more versatile player. Intermediate level...it's geared for bluegrass pickers but works for clawhammer as well. Attend as many or as few classes as you like...ask questions...Tab & diagrams will be provided, and each session is recorded and will be emailed to you, so you can study them at your leisure.

  • ONE CLASS$25.00
  • ALL FOUR CLASSES$75.00
BLUEGRASS BANJO BREAKS & LICKS

BLUEGRASS BANJO BREAKS & LICKS

Learn to adlib accompaniment & solos! This encyclopedia of licks you need to know to play bluegrass banjo includes accompaniment & soloing licks, basic music theory, the numbers system and many complete solos, plus 119 audio tracks available online. 14 bluegrass standards are used to show how to apply the rolls, tag endings, beginnings, connecting licks and much more: Amazing Grace, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Nine Pound Hammer, Roll in my Sweet Baby's Arms, Will the Circle be Unbroken, Wabash Cannonball and more.

  • Book & soundfiles$19.00
Tenor Banjo Methods

Tenor Banjo Methods

This complete guide to learning tenor banjo features popular songs to teach you the basics of rhythm and lead playing (single note and chord/melody style) in Dixieland, retro swing and Irish music. Songs include Ain't She Sweet, Bill Bailey, Down by the Riverside, Irish Washerwoman, St. Louis Blues, Sweet Georgia Brown, When the Saints Go Marching In, Yes Sir That's My Baby, Beale St. Blues, St. James Infirmary, Whiskey Before Breakfast and more...plus lots of general instruction!

  • book & soundfiles$14.99
Bumper Sticker

Bumper Sticker

It's my banjo/philosophy, and if it's yours, spread the word with this 8" by 2 3/4" bumper sticker!

  • bumper sticker$4.00
Blues Banjo

Blues Banjo

Learn to play great songs like Ain't Nobody's Business, St. James Infirmary, Stealin', Nobody Knows You, Careless Love and 8 more on the 5-string, plus learn to jam in any key, in several tunings. You'll learn licks, scales, turnarounds, boogie backup, and how to solo in the styles of many blues greats. Bluesify your 5-string! It's a method book and a songbook, free soundfiles included.

  • Book w/soundfiles$16.99
101 Five-String Banjo Tips

101 Five-String Banjo Tips

 Welcome to the banjo world. If you already play you'll take it up a notch, learning all kinds of musical tips, practice ideas, music theory and listening suggestions. If you're a beginner, you'll learn how to choose a banjo, how the parts and accessories work and all kinds of historical info and banjo lore (about pickers, websites, jamming, everything else about the 5-string). A must-have for banjo people!

  • Book/CD$14.99
Complete Bluegrass Banjo

Complete Bluegrass Banjo

Starts at the beginning with rolls, chords & licks, works up to advanced levels. Lots of tunes, tab & music. Learn backup & soloing, how to improvise, plus: music theory, melodic & single-string styles, different tunings, Scruggs tuners.

  • Book/CD$17.95
Fretboard Roadmaps for 5-String Banjo

Fretboard Roadmaps for 5-String Banjo

Learn to play in all keys, up & down the neck, understand chords & progressions, moveably, major & melodic scales, chord-based licks & more. CD has over 50 tracks!

  • Book/CD$12.95
Bluegrass Banjo CD Lessons

Bluegrass Banjo CD Lessons

6 one-hour CDs; ear lessons (very little tab provided), $10 each, $50 for the set of 6. Crammed with info!

CD 1: THE BASICS - tuning, easy chords, basic rolls, simple backup. 
CD 2: BACKUP - backup licks, tag endings, connecting runs, chop chords, backup in first position & up the neck. 
CD 3: PLAYING MELODY - picking songs in G and C; scales, adding rolls to the melody, making up your own arrangements. 
CD 4: PLAYING MELODY UP THE NECK - moveable scales allow you to play up the neck in G and C; find the melody & add rolls & licks. 
CD 5: PLAYING IN ANY KEY - master the fretboard, play lead & backup in all keys...plus a few new tunings. 
CD 6: ADVANCED TECHNIQUES - melodic playing, single-string picking, Travis picking, harmonics & more. 

  • Set of 6 CDs$50.00
  • CD 1 - The Basics$10.00
  • CD 2 - Backup$10.00
  • CD 3 - Playing Melody$10.00
  • CD 4 - Playing Melody Up The Neck$10.00
  • CD 5 - Playing In Any Key$10.00
  • CD 6 - Advanced Techniques$10.00
Instant Banjo

Instant Banjo

A beginner's intro to all styles: folk, clawhammer, double-thumbing & bluegrass. Lots of tunes, tab, chord grids, photos, fits in your banjo case. Optional CD has all the tunes and licks so you can hear how they're supposed to sound. You can also get a digital download of the soundfiles (it's $6 instead of $10 plus postage).

  • Book$5.95
  • CD$10.00
  • soundfiles$4.00
Bluegrass Banjo DVD

Bluegrass Banjo DVD

Starting at the beginning (tuning up), this one-hour lesson teaches basic rolls, licks & chords, backup techniques, scales & tunes. By the end, you're playing up the neck. Shows you how to make up your own backup parts & solos. Fred made this VHS video (now converted to DVD) in the early 1980s, when he had thick, dark, curly hair...and no hat! A few volume fluctuations in the first few minutes, after that it's a good conversion, and a very helpful lesson, emphasizing improvisation.

  • DVD$16.00
  • digital download$10.00

Banjo Transcriptions

Alison Krauss "So Long, So Wrong"

Alison Krauss "So Long, So Wrong"

Banjo & guitar transcriptions of the album, plus guitar versions of mandolin & fiddle solos. Tab and music.

  • Book$21.95

Banjo Arrangements

Ragtime Banjo Bluegrass

Ragtime Banjo Bluegrass

13 favorite rags played finger-style, many with guitar, Dobro, mandolin & bass accompaniment. Lots of variety & flavors, fun for bluegrass or ragtime fans.

Bluegrass Banjo Inventions

Bluegrass Banjo Inventions

17 tunes, Scruggs & melodic style, from bluegrass to Bach, swing, old-time, with guitar, bass, Dobro, mandolin & fiddle & vocals, several double banjo tunes. Lots of surprises.

Ragtime, Blues & Jazz for Banjo

Ragtime, Blues & Jazz for Banjo

16 blues & jazz tunes for 3-finger pickers, plus 13 rags: Stealin', Stagolee, Bill Bailey, Maple Leaf Rag, Leola, St. Louis Tickle, Ragtime Dance..., plus some bluegrass blues.

  • Book$19.95
  • CD or digital download$10.00
Beatles for Banjo

Beatles for Banjo

18 hits, arranged as fingerpicking solos, mostly 3 finger style, a few using clawhammer or basic strum. Across the Universe, Blackbird, A Hard Day's Night, Here Comes the Sun, Hey Jude, Let It Be, She Loves You, Strawberry Fields Forever, Ticket to Ride, Yesterday, and more. Not just a strum-along book, these are very pretty instrumental arrangements.

  • Book$19.99