Alternate tunings for bluegrass banjo

Alternate Tunings For Five-string BanjoTerry McGill, who plays banjo with New Jersey-based Straight Drive, has written a new banjo book, recently published by Mel Bay.

The book is Alternate Tunings for Five-string Banjo Played Bluegrass Style, and is described as the first three-finger style banjo instruction
book written specifically for the bluegrass banjoist wishing to explore alternate tunings. It is written using banjo tablature and covers G modal, Standard C, Open C, Bb, D modal, Open D and E tunings.

An audio CD is included with the book, which contains fast and slow versions of each song taught in the book. 21 songs are presented, including favorites like Cumberland Gap, Shady Grove, Kansas City Railroad Blues and Pretty Polly – each arranged in other than the familiar G tuning.

The book should be available wherever banjo instructional materials are sold.

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