Volume II of 2 Finger Banjo now available

German banjoist Sebastian Schröder has released the second volume in his series on 2 finger banjo playing. The style is a pre-bluegrass approach that was popular in parts of Appalachia in the 19th and 20th centuries.

His first book focused on using the index finger of the right hand to pull out song melodies, and now he also has 2 Finger Banjo – Thumb Lead Style. The title perfectly describes the book, which contains 48 pages of songs and examples. 48 downloadable audio examples are also included.

Sebastian says that this approach is well-suited to ballads, and would be appropriate for beginners getting their first taste of banjo playing.

Songs covered include:

  • Boil Them Cabbage Down
  • Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
  • Drunken Sailor
  • Worried Man Blues
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  • Shady Grove
  • Pretty Polly
  • Spotted Pony
  • Jack O´Diamonds (Drunken Hicups)
  • Darling Corey
  • Reuben´s Train

Both books are available for sale online, in either English or German, in paperback and Kindle editions.

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