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

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.

  • Book$5.95
  • CD$10.00
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

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$11.95
  • CD$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$9.99