Alison Brown and some friends, who also happen to be some of the all-stars of Bluegrass, got together to play John Hartford's "The Girl I Left Behind Me" and debut her new Deering Julia Belle low tuned banjo.
We are thrilled to share Molly Tuttle just became the first woman to win the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association 'Guitar Player of The Year' award. This is a milestone, and couldn't be more perfect that this video features the first five women to win instrumentalists of the year at the IBMA Awards!
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Recently, Greg & Janet Deering, the founders of Deering Banjos, were interviewed by The Voice of San Diego for their debut episode of "I Made It In San Diego". In this debut episode of I Made it in San Diego, Greg and Janet Deering tell how they grew their small family business into a company that’s made more banjos than any other instrument maker in existence.
Banjo tab or tablature is a way of reading and writing banjo music that has similarities to standard musical notation, but is much easier to read, and gives the player the precise fret, string, and right hand fingering (assuming the player is right handed). It is a great tool for beginners to learn some songs and licks since it shows exactly what to do. As a teacher I focus my students on learning to understand the instrument, what exactly they are doing, and to use their ear, but banjo tab does help communicate many of these ideas quickly and easily.
Mark Johnson, the father of the Clawgrass style of banjo playing, talks about the new Deering Clawgrass No. 2 banjo that was displayed for the first time at the Winter 2016 NAMM Show.
Most guitar players look at the 5 string banjo as a completely new instrument. Something that you would need to learn a completely new tuning and approach to playing. This is incorrect. Actually the guitar and the 5 string banjo are tuned very similarly, and you can easily bring many of your guitar licks directly over to the 5 string banjo.
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn will be extraordinarily busy during this September’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh. Along with playing the Wide Open Bluegrass shows on the Red Hat Amphitheater main stage, the couple will also co-host the 28th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show that week.
With the recent success of the title track to their recording on the John Boy & Billy label, 4th & Goal, Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive become the first-ever Bluegrass band booked during Canton, Ohio’s Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, to celebrate the new Hall of Fame inductees for 2017: MORTEN ANDERSEN, TERRELL DAVIS, KENNY EASLEY, JERRY JONES, JASON TAYLOR, LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, AND KURT WARNER.
There are a lot of different types of banjos available, but which one is the best to start out on if you want to play bluegrass? What parts should you look for on the banjo? Where should the banjo be made? What type of banjo is the best to play bluegrass on?
Learning to play the banjo these days is easier than ever. With the popularity of the banjo and acoustic music growing at a record pace, there are more tools to learn with as well as other musicians to play with.