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am 1. September 1998
Thirty-four years ago I started buying and using banjo instruction books. Today I have only one still in my possession, Pete Seeger's "How to Play the 5-String Banjo." In addition to his many other gifts, Seeger has mastered the difficult job of teaching a musical instrument on paper. His approach is to take the student step by step with clear explanations in the text to making music as quickly as possible. Even readers with absolutely no knowledge of musical notation will be able to grasp his explanations and his illustrations. His drawings of the fingerboard are not the most sophisticated graphics in the business, but they don't have to be. The book (which isn't very long) also teaches the student about traditional and home made music as it touches on many styles of banjo playing. Seeger clearly uses banjo instruction as another means to spread his lifelong gospel of the integrity, value and sheer joy of music that comes out of living rooms rather than loudspeakers. Despite its popularity, the three-finger bluegrass banjo style of playing gets only cursory treatment in the text, but that is not a slight. There are plenty of slick and heavily tabbed (for "tablature") music books focusing on the so-called Scruggs-style. Seeger's book acknowledges bluegrass, but gives the many other styles the due they receive nowhere else. I was at first frustrated, but later pleased at his technique of giving the student the words and music for only the first verse of a traditional song, telling me that I can get the complete version elsewhere. He was saving valuable space for more songs and other styles, and forcing us to expand our horizons to the sources he cites in the text. Thus, does his banjo instruction book inject the reader into the world of traditional music. My enthusiasm for the book is such that I've gone through 2 copies. I easily learned the frailing style. I have a grasp of Scruggs-style (and I tried Earl Scrugg's own book, too). But, I never got the hang of the drop-thumb. I don't blame Pete or his book for that lapse. Along the way I was introduced to songs, and the musical and social histories from which they sprang. Seeger's book was the best musical investment I ever made after I bought my first 5-string. Its purchase price is a pittance compared to the decades of enjoyment it has allowed me to experience.
Bruce Collins Greensboro, MD
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am 15. Juni 2012
So spielt der Meister!
Das Buch ist sehr gut, jedoch nur für Leute, die auch sattelfest in Englisch/Amerikanisch sind.
Schade, dass es dieses Buch nicht auf Deutsch gibt.
Aber Pete Seeger ist ja immer auch darauf bedacht gewesen, Dinge so einfach wie möglich zu erklären.
Daher ist das Buch auch beinahe für jedermann nutzbar.