How To Play The 5-String Banjo

Pete Seeger
60-minute video, Includes tab on pdf file
  • Code:DLSGRBJ21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

Take a lesson with America's most beloved banjo picker! You'll learn the techniques Pete used to make his songs come alive-- up-picking, frailing, whamming, double-thumbing, hammering-on and pulling-off, two- and three-finger picking and more.

Pete teaches more than a dozen songs including Darlin' Cory, Lady Gay, Risselty Rosselty, Sloop John B., Dink's Song, Leather Britches, Coal Creek March, In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down, Quite Early Morning and East Virginia, among others. This lesson will make an enlightening and valuable part of your music collection, even if you don't play the banjo!

Produced by Smithsonian/Folkways and Homespun Video


"Equal parts performance, commentary, recollection, and solid instruction. A+" -- Entertainment Weekly

"Seeger opens a treasure chest full of informational gems for the musician. An exquisitely valuable videotape about how he makes music on the banjo. It is a program that has a place in the collection of every 5-string player or anyone else who loves the instrument." -- Bluegrass Unlimited


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