When we first released these lessons in 1983, Béla Fleck was just making his mark as the most innovative and accomplished young banjo player of his day. Since that time, Béla has brought the sounds of the banjo to audiences around the world, many of whom had never heard it played in its original folk or bluegrass context. Jazz, pop and rock listeners have been introduced to this quintessential American instrument through the exciting fusion sounds of the Flecktones, and the perception of the banjo has never been quite the same.
Béla starts by covering fairly easy bluegrass basics, and then helps you develop your skills by teaching techniques such as single-string work, moving bass lines, counter melodies, chromatics and scales in a variety of keys and tunings. His clear, easy-to-follow instruction method will bring new ideas and exciting techniques to your playing.
Songs include: East Virginia Blues, Snakes Alive, Reach, Sapporo, Cotton Patch Rag, Christina’s Jig, The Plain Brown Jug, Kitty’s Wedding, Too Hot for Words, Flexibility, Reverie, How Can You Face Me Now, In the Pines, Wildwood Flower, White Freight Line, Eager and Anxious, Frosty Morning, Salty, Eighth of January, Blackberry Blossom, Lowdown,Daybreak