Southern Banjo Styles - Volume 3

Mike Seeger
110-minute video, includes tab and detailed informational notes on pdf file
  • Code:DLSB23
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

The banjo inspired a great variety of playing styles in the South during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In this three-volume in-depth instructional series, Mike Seeger presents an overview of this great American tradition, helping you develop a full range of traditional techniques and repertoire. Mike has acquired his knowledge of these styles directly from traditional players and their recordings.

Volume 3 focuses on mid-twentieth-century styles, the majority of them using finger picks. Each lesson features a complete performance of a song or tune (each one played on a different historical banjo), commentary on its style and source, and detailed instruction for playing it using our easy-to-follow split-screen camerawork. The accompanying booklet includes tabs, a banjo discography, how to choose and set up a banjo, and much more.

Tunes played: Down South Blues - a Dock Boggs blues played with a "slide;" Last Night When My Willie Come Home - in two guitar styles: Maybelle Carter and country rag-time; Wabash Blues - clawhammer instrumental, metal finger pick; Bright Sunny South - Wade Mainer/Ralph Stanley "up-up" picking with picks; Roll on John - Roscoe Holcomb style, thumb and finger pick; Needlecase - early three-finger instrumental, finger picks; Come My Little Pink - Earl Scruggs style; I'm Head Over Heels in Love - Mike's clawhammer version of Earl Scruggs style on an early Flatt & Scruggs song.

The material presented here is based on Mike Seeger's Grammy-nominated Smithsonian Folkways CD "Southern Banjo Sounds," SF 40107."


There are currently no reviews

New Review




required (not published)



If you enter anything in this field your comment will be treated as spam*