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Ralph Stanley, one of the pioneers of bluegrass banjo, comes from a musical family with a long and rich tradition rooted in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. He is a powerful and compelling singer as well as an innovative instrumentalist whose music has remained vital throughout four-and-a-half decades of performing and recording, first with his late brother Carter and then as leader of the Clinch Mountain Boys.

A recipient of numerous awards, Ralph was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1992. He holds the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress and was the first recipient of the Traditional American Music award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He gained renewed fame for his powerful appearance in the hit film and album "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the subsequent Down From The Mountain Tour.


The Banjo Of Ralph Stanley

From Old Time to Bluegrass
  • Taught By:
    Ralph Stanley
  • Skill Level 4

    90-minute DVD, Includes tab bookWith the Clinch Mountain Boys

  • Product Code: DVDRALBJ21
  • Suggested Retail Price: $29.95
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This intimate look at Ralph Stanley's pioneering banjo style begins with the first tunes he learned from his mother in the old-time clawhammer technique, and progresses through the three-finger bluegrass picking he helped make famous.

Included are both detailed instruction and full-band performances of some of the most beloved Stanley Brothers tunes: Little Maggie, Hard Times, Dickenson County Breakdown, Little Birdie, Clinch Mountain Backstep, Train 45, and more.

Produced by Smithsonian/Folkways and Homespun Video


"Until someone can get Earl Scruggs to do an instruction video, (this video) will have to suffice. And anyone who loved Homespun's Bill Monroe videos which, like this one, had much to interest non-picking bluegrassers, will want this one too. . . . Stanley doesn't just demonstrate: He breaks it down and explains how he plays each tune. . . Just as interesting are his discussions of his early musical influences, including his five-string "Stanleytone" banjo and some of the tricks he uses to create his distinctive picking style." -- Country Music Magazine

". . . More than any other bluegrass performer, Ralph Stanley has preserved the original elements of traditional "mountain" music which were at the heart of his early sound. Old-time music fans and pickers will be pleased with the emphasis given here to Ralph's clawhammer banjo picking . . . Highly recommended for all Ralph Stanley fans and disciples, as well as anyone who would like to learn more about the traditional roots of bluegrass music." -- Old-Time Herald
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The Banjo Of Ralph Stanley

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