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The Banjo Book

written by Frank Eastes, Jr.
1979 (rev. 2013)

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Beginner to Intermediate

This is a FREE online version of a banjo instruction manual I wrote in 1979 at age 19. It is a 26-page hand-composed booklet which is also available for download for any amount you choose. I also offer a spiral-bound printed copy mailed to you. I had intended this a primer for the beginner, as well as an introduction to chord theory for the intermediate player.

I created this banjo primer because of a “gap” I perceived in some of the better banjo books around at the time. This basic tutorial is intended for the beginning and intermediate banjo player to gain a foundation from which to springboard into those other instruction books, and the intermediate player to begin on the path of music theory. The primary emphasis is on the translation of chord construction and basic theory applied directly to the fingerboard.

Since 1979 I have periodically updated this booklet and used it for teaching as well as giving it out to those who asked for a copy. In it, you will find clear, concise explanations of the fundamental things you need to know to get going on the 5-string banjo. Combined with the Companion Lessons I've also written which describe my technique for mapping the fingerboard, my overall approach has helped provide clarity and individual “ah-ha” moments for banjo pickers of all ages. I invite you to share the muse :)

So whether you play bluegrass or clawhammer banjo, as long as you're in open G tuning,
the theory section of this booklet (about the last 1/2) may still be very helpful to you.


—Frank Eastes, Jr.
Spartanburg, SC

The Banjo Book | Chord Inversions | 7th Chords | Maj7 Chords | Min7 Chords

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