New Pete Wernick DVD – Making up solos 2

Homespun Tapes has released a new banjo DVD from Pete Wernick, aka, Dr Banjo. Following up on his How to Make Up Your Own Banjo Solos video, the new project is How to Make Up Your Own Banjo Solos 2.

The first DVD was designed to help inexperienced soloists create “convincing” banjo breaks on the spot in jam sessions. The new release takes the same approach but covers keys other than the banjo’s home key of G. Wernick demonstrates how to find believable solos in D, G and F without utilizing a capo, and also looks at soloing in G higher up on the neck.

To demonstrate these skills, Pete plays through some familiar bluegrass songs, including a number he recorded during his time with Hot Rize.

Songs taught include:

  • Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms (D)
  • As I Went Down to the Valley to Pray (D)
  • Angeline the Baker (D)
  • Colleen Malone (D)
  • Country Blues (D)
  • New River Train (C)
  • Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow (C Tuning)
  • Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down (F)
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken (G up the neck)

As is common for music instruction videos, close ups of both hands is part of the program. The DVD also has a printable tab booklet as a PDF file on the disc.

You can get a copy of How to Make Up Your Own Banjo Solos 2 from Pete’s web site, from Homespun, and wherever quality bluegrass materials are sold.

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