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JACK HATFIELD'S LATEST MEL BAY BOOK! EXERCISES FOR THREE-FINGER BANJO  - Mel Bay book MB99783

Forty-five years of learning, performing, publishing and teaching is the foundation for this unique book that will improve the technique and musical knowledge of players at any level. There are DOZENS of method books and tune collections for the three-finger banjoist. However the market has been virtually devoid of a true exercises book until now. This groundbreaking book is a valuable supplement to any three-finger method or teaching style. Exercises for Three-Finger Banjo features left and right hand drills in beginner through advanced Scruggs, single string, and melodic technique as well as music theory applied to the five-string banjo. Major, minor, seventh, augmented (whole-tone) and diminished scale fretboard patterns are included, as well as modes. Incredibly useful Major scale fretboard diagrams spanning the entire fretboard are shown. This book includes dozens of photos - proper body position, right-hand and left-hand position and fingering of unfamiliar formations. Scruggs style drills include: roll exercises, rhythm and emphasis, equal note spacing, syncopation and bounce, and improving the timing of slides, pulls, hammers and bends. Also, using two or three fingers for bends for more power and control. Single string and melodic exercises include: vertical and horizontal scales, scale sequences, dyad, triad and four-note (seventh) chord scales and double stops. Other topics rarely discussed by teachers and instruction manuals: metronome training, assigning left-hand fingers, using a guide finger for faster chord changing, how to wear and bend the picks for the best tone, the Hatfield index and ring system for more efficient upper-neck fingering, physical exercises for developing finger and hand strength, using right hand digits on unfamiliar strings, efficient changing among chord forms, shape coded diagrams for memorizing the chord types and the number system graphically, never before codified melodic formations. The Carroll Best Formation is emphasized. This is an often neglected formation that produces DRIVE in melodic playing. because it allows familiar Scruggs right hand sequences. Dozens of practice tips and theory tidbits are included, and many beginner-intermediate learning pitfalls are revealed.

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"This is a must-have volume for the serious banjo player who wants to push the perceived limits of the banjo." - BANJO UNLIMITED REVIEW, APRIL 2017

BLUEGRASS BANJO METHOD

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"Bluegrass Banjo Method . . . is the best graduated approach to banjo currently on the market. Hatfield takes pains to explain everything in close detail . . . "Do I recommend this text? Yes, it is clear, exact and accurate." - Wayne Shrubsall, Banjo Newsletter magazine."Students who follow along through Hatfield's step-by-step progression will end up with a mastery of basic roll patterns and other essentials of bluegrass banjo vocabulary. They will also come away with a solid foothold in the bluegrass repertoire." - Jim Halto, Frets magazine."This book is designed to teach the beginner the basics of Scruggs style banjo. It is more capable of doing that than any other manual I can think of, possibly including Earl Scruggs and the Five-String Banjo. " - Fred Geiger, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine."Bluegrass Banjo Method . . . is recommended as the best available method for those students who are in the market for a step-by-step approach." - Bill Evans, Bluegrass Now! magazine."Bluegrass Banjo Method, Book Two takes up where Book One leaves off, and does it very well... Hatfield's instruction is first-rate...this is the book for the intermediate...At a cost of $22.00, the manual and tape are a steal." -Wayne Shrubsall, Banjo Newsletter Magazine.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Extremely Graduated Approach - only one new idea introduced per lesson. Each lesson builds on the information presented in previous lessons. Boldface Melody Notes - Shows which notes to emphasize, making the melody obvious. Conceptual Approach - Teaches structure of banjo style so the student can begin to arrange his own tunes and learn by ear at an earlier stage. Demonstration Recording- Songs and exercises played slow, then at performing speed. Banjo and rhythm instruments on seperate channels, so you can eliminate the banjo and play along with the band when ready. Helps timing, improvisation skills, and prepares the student to play with others sooner.

BLUEGRASS BANJO METHOD, BOOK ONE (Beginner Level) by Jack Hatfield - Proper hand position, tuning, reading tablature, counting time, basic rolls, first-position chords, left-hand techniques, endings.- Twenty-six songs including: Banks of the Ohio, Boil Them Cabgage, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Coming 'Round the Mountain, Cripple Creek, D Banjo Boogie, Down Yonder, Good Night Ladies, Handsome Molly, Home, Sweet Home, John Hardy, John Henry, Little Maggie, Make Me a Pallet, Mountain Dew, My Old Kentucky Home, Old Joe Clark, Old-Tme Religion, Rocky Top, Sail Away Ladies, Sourwood Mountain, Tom Dooley, Whoa, Mule, Whoa, Train '45, Two-Dollar Bill, Wil The Circle be Unbroken. DVD AVAILABLE! DVD Recorded by Kelly Bogan, Spokane, WA. All songs and exercises played at learning speed, left and right hand isolated.

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BLUEGRASS BANJO METHOD, BOOK TWO (Intermediate Level) by Jack Hatfield - Playing in 3/4 time, playing up-the-neck, playing in different keys. Teaches a system for learning the fingerboard, allowing you to instantly find any major, minor, or seventh chord anywhere on the neck. Exciting upper neck arrangements of songs from Book One. Thirty songs including: All The Good Times Are Past & Gone, Amazing Grace, Banks of the Ohio, Black Mt. Rag, Battle Hymn, Bill Cheatham, Bugle Call, Cumberland Gap, I Don't Love Nobody, In The Pines, John Hardy, Ky. Mandolin, Little Maggie, Lonesome Road Blues, Make Me a Pallet, More Pretty Girls, Reuben, Sweet Baby's Arms, Sail Away Ladies, Sally Goodin', Salty Dog, Salt Creek, Sittin' On Top of the World, Soldier's Joy, Train '45, Under the Double Eagle, Wildwood Flower.

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BACKUP TECHNIQUES ON THE FIVE-STRING BANJO

(BLUEGRASS BANJO METHOD, BOOK THREE)

Long-awaited book by Jack Hatfield. 231 pages, two CDs (160 minutes!) of play-along with full band in one channel and banjo in the other. All songs include backup. Solos included to many songs in Bluegrass Banjo Method, Book One and Bluegrass Banjo Method, Book Two as well as many new songs, including lead breaks. Selections: All the Good Times, Amazing Grace, Battle Hymn of the Republic (in C), Banks of the Ohio, Bill Cheatham, Bury Me Beneath the Willow (G and Gm), Coming 'Round the Mountain, Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap (in C), D Banjo Boogie, Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky, Down Yonder, Handsome Molly, House of the Rising Sun, In the Pines, I'll Fly Away (in G and D), John Hardy, Little Maggie (in G and Gm) Lonesone Road Blues, Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor, Mountain Dew, My Old Kentucly Home, Old Joe Clark, Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms (in C) Sail Away Ladies, Salty Dog Blues, Shady Grove (in G and Gm), Sitting on Top of the World, Sourwood Mountain, Tom Dooley, Two-Dollar Bill, Tewlve Bar Blues (in G, D, A and E), Wafaring Stranger, Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Includes lyrics, vamping, down and up-the- neck roll backup, fill licks, chord locating system, composing tasteful arrangements, the number system, basic music theory, backup in 3/4 time, transposing, and playing lead in different keys...many tips not found in other manuals. CDs may be purchased separately for "music minus one" playing along.

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THE BEST OF JACK HATFIELD (BLUEGRASS BANJO METHOD, BOOK FOUR) - Mel Bay Publications MB22072BCD - An anthology of mostly intermediate and advanced arrangements from Jack Hatfield - 112 pages, TWO CDs! Thirty-eight arrangements from beginner to advanced level. Great supplement to any method. Perfect as a song resource for intermediate to advanced players. Many variations of arrangements found in Bluegrass Banjo Method books One and Two. Many selections include arrangements in upper neck Scruggs style, melodic style, and single string style. Also, slow tempo techniques not shown in other bluegrass method books. For those who already have Bluegrass Banjo Method Books One, Two, and Three, this book is the final volume in the series, Bluegrass Banjo Method Book Four. Completing this series from beginner to advanced levels. Note: It is not necessary to have completed Bluegrass Banjo Method Book Two or Bluegrass Banjo Method Book Three in order to work from The Best of Jack Hatfield. Bluegrass Banjo Method Book Three - Backup Techniques on the Five-String Banjo is actually a companion book to books one and two. If the essential songs and techniques in Bluegrass Banjo Method Book One and Bluegrass Banjo Method Book Two have been mastered, the student is ready for The Best of Jack Hatfield whether or not Bluegrass Banjo Method Book Three - Backup Techniques on the Five-String Banjo has been studied. In The Best of Jack Hatfield there are many upper-neck Scruggs style, melodic style, and single string variations to the essential songs from the first two volumes. Selected solos in Section Two and all solos in Section Three take the student far into the advanced level with many new tunes and techniques that go beyond bluegrass such as melodic and single string approaches on traditional fiddle tunes, pop tunes and six Jack Hatfield originals, slow-song chord melody technique and pedal point (classical) techniques and an array of swing licks in several pop/swing tunes as well as a twelve-bar blues arangement which is composed of single-string swing licks that can be considered a lickabulary of swing/jazz riffs.

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Section One - Solos to Vocal Songs (Beginner-Intermediate)

Tom Dooley
Old Time Religion
Sourwood Mountain
In the Sweet By and By
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
When The Saints Go Marching In
Old Gospel Ship, The
Little Maggie
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Amazing Grace
Salty Dog Blues
Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Keep on the Sunny Side

Section Two - Essential Jam Tunes (Intermediate-Advanced)

Black Mountain Rag
Sally Goodin
Wildwood Flower
Cumberland Gap
Cripple Creek
Bugle on the Banjo
Pedal Point Drills, Part One
John Hardy
Old Joe Clark
Turkey in the Straw (twin)
Devils Dream (Three part harmony)
Bill Cheatham
Salt Creek

Section Three-Solo Performance Tunes (Advanced)

Hatfield Hornpipe (Jack Hatfield)
Carroll Best Backstep (Jack Hatfield)
Jerusalem Ridge
Chord Melody Drills
Greensleeves, 3/4 and 4/4 meter
Dewdrops (Jack Hatfield)
Pedal Point Drills, Part Two
Dancer (Jack Hatfield)
40 West (Jack Hatfield)
Blackberry Blossom
Maiden's Prayer
Chord Scale Drills, Part Two
Somewhere, Over the Rainbow
Limehouse Blues
Twelve Blues Bars (Jack Hatfield)

 

 

 

Banjo Newsletter Review of Back-up Techniques On The Five-String Banjo: (Bluegrass Banjo Method Book Three) by Wayne Shrubsall:

Readers of BNL know Jack Hatfield for his columns on Scruggs Style banjo, Beginning Banjo, and the more recent Concepts and Systems. Others know him for his two excellent banjo instruction books, “Bluegrass Banjo Method Book One” and “Book Two.” Easterners have seen Jack at the SPBGMA/BNL banjo workshops in Nashville and at the Tennessee Banjo Academy and his own Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy banjo camp. This guy knows banjo, and his new text Back-up Techniques On The Five-String Banjo: Bluegrass Banjo Method Book Three shows this admirably.
In “Back-up Techniques,” Jack Hatfield has given us a very first-rate book on how to play backup bluegrass banjo. The Table of Contents (4 pages long in small print!) arranges the text as follows:

Chap. 1: The Bluegrass Band Sound
Chap. 2: Vamping
Chap. 3: Roll Back-up
Chap. 4: Fill Licks
Chap. 5: Composing Tasteful Arrangements
Chap. 6: Basic Music Theory
Chap. 7: Playing in Different Keys

But in each chapter is a wonderful selection of examples, exercises, theory (very practical, for the most part).
Take the first chapter as an example of a valuable set of tips and instructions. The subheadings of this one chapter should be required study for any person who brings a banjo into a jam session or a band. Check out these sub-headings:
• Defining the chord
• Bluegrass instruments: compliment and contrast
• Fiddle and Banjo
• Exercising Good Taste (Whoa! Where has that one been?)
• The Roles of the Bluegrass Instruments (not the “rolls”)
• Kickoffs
• “Feature” Tunes (would you recognize Foggy Mountian Breakdown kicked off on mandolin?)
• A Word about Originality
• Maintaining Order in a Jam Session
• Variations in Band Rhythm
• Rhythm Breathes (great on rhythmic styles of different musical forms)
• Controlling Note Spacing
• Playing with Expression
• Working the Microphone
These subheadings are themselves worthy of the price of the book. Hatfield’s ideas on taste and politeness are things that are worth learning right away. All banjoists following these tips could signal the demise of banjo jokes.
After Chapter One has been read—several times—the student is ready for vamping (Chapter 2). Vamping is the basic idea of rhythm, here as played on 5-string banjo. But Hatfield presents more than just a Boom-Chuk approach to vamping. In this chapter, one studies bass notes in vamping, split-bar vamping (going from an F-chord form to a D-chord form in a harmonic sequence), playing with bounce, using turnarounds, using passing tones, and many other sub-headings. It sounds a bit confusing; but it is not, as Hatfield manages to clarify and explain and illustrate all of these sub-headings with exercises and examples.
Often, students and jam session folks “just want to vamp” as back-up. Well, proceed through Chapter 2 and you’ll have a bachelor’s degree in back-up, because you will learn all those secrets that professional banjoists, the ones who use vamping, know. For instance, if you learn Hatfield’s back-up arrangement of Handsome Molly, you’ll have learned the two chord-form of vamping and also the vamping use of passing tones. Again, if you work through Chapter 2, playing every exercise and memorizing the forms and ideas (why wouldn’t you?), then you will be ready for Chapter 3.
Like the way some banjoists use rolls as back-up? So does Hatfield, and he presents many roll techniques, again each one appropriately illustrated. Here one can pursue fast-change-progressions rolls, rolls “up the neck,” moving from major keys to 7th keys pinch-triplet backup, arpeggio backup, and roll backup in 3/4 time—among other valuable subdivisions. If you are not sure about what these things mean, the examples and text make them clear, and quickly so.
One of my favorite chapters is 4, on Fill Licks. To my ear, playing fill licks at the right time defines a good banjoist. Hatfield provides G/D fill licks, up-the-neck fills, D formation fills, F formation fills, Bar-formation fills, and other approaches to fills. [See Figure 1]. Learning these techniques makes for good music, and used properly, the banjoist will not have to be politely reminded that “the banjo is a very loud instrument.”
Another valuable chapter for fledgling banjoists is Chapter 5, in which Jack presents four full band arrangements of bluegrass standards: Sitting on Top of the World, Lonesome Road Blues, Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky, and I’ll Fly Away. These standards illustrate the formulas for many other bluegrass songs. In these arrangements, one has a country blues, an instrumental (or vocal), an old love lyric, and a gospel piece. Right there, one has a good chunk of the basic bluegrass band repertoire. The arrangements feature banjo solos as well as back-up, just as a band might play the tunes from start to finish. [See Figure 2.]
Now: if you enjoy the theory of music, that is, learning what is involved with music harmony and melody (and not just bluegrass), as well as learning to hear chords and chord changes by ear, Chapter 6 is the one for you. But stand warned: music theory is heady stuff, headier than some might be ready for. Hatfield makes theory enjoyable, though, and definitely readable. When you finish this chapter, you will be acquainted with theory and recognize the theory of music in your own playing.
Hatfield's final chapter involves playing backup in different keys...Hatfield focuses on transposing from one key to another, playing in different modes...and transitioning from C Major to A minor.
Just about everything one needs to know about playing bluegrass banjo backup is in this text. In addition to the easy-to-read text, and the many examples and tabs, Hatfield provided two CDs that that not only illustrate the examples and tabs, but also provides full-band arrangements and sample backup for many tunes covered in the text itself.
It's really a fat book, spiral bound, full of valuable tips fo all banjoists, not only people who want to expand their knowledge of how to to play accompaniment and not just licks and solos. "Backup Techniques" costs a mere thirty five dollars. Think about it: some bridges cost that much...The information in the book makes makes the cost of the book an immense bargain...Confused about backup? Then dispel the confusion and get this book!

 

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YOU CAN TEACH YOURSELF© BANJO BY EAR - by Jack Hatfield

A great book to supplement Bluegrass Banjo Method Book One (above). For the banjoist who is tired of memorizing playing songs "by rote" and is ready to start arranging his own songs by ear, play in jam sessions, and instantly create a basic roll backup to any song. Shows how to: figure out a progression by ear, "fake" a solo, expand the faked solo into a melody-oriented solo, and finally, add "hot licks" to the melody oriented solo for embellishment, or create an improvised solo using licks. The download audio features ear training, twelve sample progressions, and guides you through step-by-step procedure. 120 pages. Mel Bay Publications. Mr. Hatfield, I thought you might appreciate some positive feedback on the book you put out regarding learning to play the banjo by ear. It changed my approach to banjo and to my appreciation of the instrument. Since I started working with the book's clear, concise and orderly instruction, I've written 35 different versions of several of my favorite bluegrass songs in just four months....what an eye-opening experience your book has been. Thanks, again ... Charles Holderby $18.00 plus 3.00 P&H.   Add to Cart

YOU CAN TEACH YOURSELF© MANDOLIN BY EAR- by Jack Hatfield

For the mandolinist who is tired of memorizing and is ready to start arranging his own songs by ear, play in jam sessions, and instantly create a basic solo to any vocal song. Shows how to: figure out a progression by ear, "fake" a solo, expand the faked solo into a melody-oriented solo, and finally, add "hot licks" to the melody oriented solo for embellishment, or create an improvised solo using licks. The download audio features ear training, twelve sample progressions, and guides you through step-by-step procedure. 120 pages. Mel Bay Publications.

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ADVANCED STUDIES IN FIVE-STRING BANJO - by A. B. King

A spiral bound photocopy version of Andy King's handwritten manuscript. This labor of love is based on studies of classical banjo technique and jazz theory. Includes exercises and arrangements using advanced techniques players like Bela Fleck, Tony Furtado, and Tony Trischka are currently using. Many exercises and chord diagrams for jazz chords, scales, modes, chord scales, fingerboard patterns, techniques such as single string technique using, all three fingers on all four strings, single-string tremolo, chord tremolo, and more. Notation and tablature. Tunes include closed-position 'three fingers on all strings', arrangements of Arkansas Traveler, 'A' Train, Old Black Joe, Flight of the Bumblebee, Satin Doll, Three-Finger Breakdown, plus tremolo arrangements of Abide With Me, Amazing Grace, Tennessee Waltz, Spanish Eyes, Wednesday Night Waltz. Available only from Hatfield Music. Book only available, no CD  $18.00 plus $3.00 P&H.

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5-STRING BANJO STANLEY STYLE - by John Wright

John Wright is former Clinch Mountain Banjo columnist for Banjo Newsletter magazine. This anthologhy contains Forty note-for-note .transcriptions of classic Ralph Stanley recordings including Boar Hog, Bootleg John, Careless Love, Daybreak in Dixie, Handsome Molly, Hard Times, Highway of Regret, I'll Fly Away, John Henry, Man of Constant Sorrow, Maple on the Hill, many others. Book only, no recording available.

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INTRODUCTION TO CELTIC TUNES FOR THE FIVE-STRING BANJO - by Alan Johnson

Finally, a collection of Celtic tunes that the intermediate banjo player can manage. These difficult Irish and Scottish melodies usually require a combination of styles and right hand techniques such as triplet hammer-ons, pull-offs and double fingering of the right hand. Johnson's approach is to render the accurate basic melody with only a minimum of left hand techniques. The difficult hammers, pulls and slides can then be added later. Includes helpful playing tips. SEVENTY tunes included, grouped in reels, polkas, jigs and slip jigs. Selections include: The Navvy on the Line, McFadden's Handsome Daughter, The Holy land, The Banshee, the Maid Behind the Bar, Ger the Rigger, Billy Sullivan, Father O'Flynn's, Old Hag You Have Killed Me, (I love it!), The Trip to Sligo, Lark in the Morning, The Rocky Road to Dublin, dozens of others. Hatfield Music edition, updated in 2007.

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OLD-TIME GOSPEL BANJO SOLOS

- by Jack Hatfield

Thirty-one gospel favorites, beginner to advanced arrangements, most with first position and upper position solos. The accompanying download audio features all songs played by Jack Hatfield, with rhythm on one channel, lead on the other, so you can play along with the band after you learn the solos. Much more enjoyable, and develops your timing, sense of rhythm and ability to play with others. Lyrics provided in large, easy-to-read type. Selections: A Beautiful Life, Abide With Me, Amazing Grace, Angel Band, Are You Washed in the Blood?, Crying Holy Unto the Lord, Drifting Too Far From the Shore, Farther Along, Great Speckled Bird, He Leadeth Me, Holy, Holy, Holy, I Am a Pilgrim, In The Garden, In the Sweet By and By, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Just Over in the Glory Land, Keep on the Sunny Side, Life's Railway to Heaven, Lily of the Valley, Old Gospel Ship, Old Rugged Cross, Old Time Religion, Precious Memories, Rock of Ages, Shall We Gather at the River, Sweet Hour of Prayer, Uncloudy Day, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, Where the Soul of Man Never Dies, Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Mel Bay Publications, Inc.

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FIRST LESSONS BANJO - by Jack Hatfield

Absolutely the easiest beginner manual on three-finger (bluegrass) banjo available. Very detailed explanations, many photos and only the most basic rolls and chords used. Many practice tips and instructions on how to practice. Caution marks at problem spots. Starts with single-note melodies (no rolls) and advances to arrangements using only Alternating Thumb and Forward rolls, using recognizable songs that are learned quickly because they are well known. Builds up to great banjo classics Cripple Creek and Cumberland Gap. Lyrics included for extra help with melody. Bold face melody notes. Even young children can comprehend this book. The download audio has banjo and rhythm on seperate channels. All tunes played on download audio, not just two, but THREE different speeds: VERY slow, slow ,then meduim with rhythm. Includes: Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Tom Dooley, Good Night Ladies, Old Time Religion, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Cumberland Gap, When The Saints Go Marching In, Cripple Creek. Mel Bay Publications.

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         HATFIELD BANJO

Complied and edited by Ed Wing. This is a collection of twenty-one of Jack Hatfield's most popular and playable arrangements. Difficulty level ranges from beginner to advanced, with most of the arrangements falling in the intermediate category. All arrangements except one are in Scruggs style. This is an excellent supplement for Bluegrass Banjo Method, Book One or Bluegrass Banjo Method, Book Two or just a fun book for any banjoist who knows the basic fundamentals and is looking for some new tunes. All selections played slow and faster on accompanying CD. Includes: Two Dollar Bill, Comin' 'Round the Mountain, Bugle Call Rag, Salty Dog Blues, Eight More Miles to Louisville, Sourwood Mountain, Cindy, Soldier's Joy, Roanoke. Selections included that are not found in Bluegrass Banjo Method : Eight More Miles to Louisville, Life is Like a Mountain Railway, In the Sweet Bye and Bye, Rose of Old Kentucky, Cindy, Roanoke, Sittin' On Top of the World, Nine Pound Hammer, Dixie Breakdown, Lady of Spain, and features two Hatfield originals, Forty West and Dancer. Hatfield Music.

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SCRUGGS CORNER

SIXTY note-for note transcriptions from Earl Scruggs recordings, from Jack's Banjo Newsleter columns in the 1970's. Most were not included in Earl Scruggs and the Five-String Banjo book.The classics such as Foggy Mountain Breakdown are included, all elevrn solos. Many include backup, none of which were in Earl's book. This is still the most complete and accurate source of Earl transcriptions available anywhere. Selections: A Hundred Years From Now, Bluegrass Breakdown, Bugle Call Rag, Coal Miner's Blues, Cora is Gone, Crying Holy, Dig a Hole in the Meadow, Dixie Home, Doin' My Time, Don't Let Your Deal Go Down, Down the Road, Farewell Blues, Fiddle & Banjo, Fireball, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Get in Line Brother, Head Over Heels, If I Should Wander Back Tonight, I'll Never Shed Another Tear, I'll Stay Around, I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open, Is it To Late Now ?, John Hardy, Leather Britches, Little Maggie, McKinley's Gone, Molly and Tenbrooks, My Little Girl in Tennessee, Old Folks (Soldier's Joy), Old Home Town (The), Old Fashioned Preacher (The), Pike County Breakdown, Pain In My Heart, Polka on the Banjo, Reuben, Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms, Sally Goodin', Salty Dog Blues, Saro Jane, Shuckin' the Corn (two arrangements), Somehow Tonight, Steel Guitar Rag, Sunny Side of the Mountain, Swimming Song (The), Take Me in a Lifeboat, Thinking of You, 'Till the End of the World Rolls "Round, 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered, We Can't Be Darlings Anymore, We'll Meet Again Sweetheart, When the Saints Go Marching In, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Will You Be Lovin' Another Man?, Wreck of the Old '97 (two arrangements), Your Love is Like a Flower. Also, Six study topics.

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JACK HATFIELD TABLATURE COLLECTIONS

REVISED IN MAY 2017 WITH UPDATED TYPESETTING AND REDESIGNED COLOR COVERS!

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Television and Movie Themes, (Beginner and Intermediate), Classic Bluegrass Vocals (Beginner and Intermediate),

Christmas Collection and Gospel Collection, all with slow-fast demo CDs

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Jack Hatfield Tablature Collection

Television and Movie Themes

(Beginner Level)

Recently REVISED! Ten popular TV and movie themes which feature banjo on the original sound tracks. Beginner level - no slides, hammers or pull=offs, all in first position, key of G. The Intermediate book shown to the right builds on these arrangements and adds left hand techniques , up the neck solos, and arrangements in the original keys and tunings. Includes slow-fast demonstration CD recording. Selections: Ballad of Jed Clampett, Dooley (From Andy of Mayberry), Dueling Banjos (Deliverance), Eastbound and Down (Smoky and the Bandit), Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Bonnie and Clyde) Green Acres Theme, Man of Constant Sorrow (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou), Martha White Theme, Old Gospel Ship (Theme from Dillinger), Petticoat Junction.$12.00 plus 2.00 P&H  Add to Cart

Jack Hatfield Tablature Collection

Television and Movie Themes

(Intermediate Level)

Recently REVISED! Ten popular TV and movie themes which feature banjo on the original sound tracks. Intermediate level - slides, hammers and pull-offs added to the first position arrangements included in the beginner level book, (shown at left) plus up-the-neck solos to many selections. Includes slow-fast demonstration CD recording. Selections: Ballad of Jed Clampett, Dooley (From Andy of Mayberry), Dueling Banjos (Deliverance), Eastbound and Down (Smoky and the Bandit), Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Bonnie and Clyde) Green Acres Theme, Man of Constant Sorrow (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou), Martha White Theme, Old Gospel Ship (Theme from Dillinger), Petticoat Junction.$12.00 plus 2.00 P&H  Add to Cart

Jack Hatfield Tablature Collection

Classic Bluegrass Vocals

(Beginner Level)

Recently REVISED! Ten of the most popular vocal songs from the greats of bluegrass - selections by Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe & The New South, The Osborne Brothers. These are the songs played in every jam session, a MUST for any bluegrass banjo player's repertiore. These arrangements are all at beginner level - no slides, hammers or pull-offs, all arrangements are in the first position, key of G. The Intermediate book shown to the right builds on these arrangements adds left hand techniques, up- the-neck solos, and arrangements in the original recorded keys and tunings. Includes slow-fast demonstration CD recording. Selections: Blue Moon of Kentucky, Blue Ridge Cabin Home, Dark Hollow, Footprints in the Snow, Fox on the Run, Keep on the Sunny Side, Little Cabin Home on the Hill, Little Maggie, The Old Homeplace, Rocky Top. $12.00 plus 2.00 P&H  Add to Cart

Jack Hatfield Tablature Collection -

Classic Bluegrass Vocals

(Intermediate Level)

Recently REVISED! Ten of the most popular vocal songs from the greats of bluegrass - selections by Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe & The New South, The Osborne Brothers. These are the songs played in every jam session, a MUST for any bluegrass banjo player's repertiore. These arrangements are at intermediate level. Where possible, the right hand rolls from the beginner arrangements (shown at left) remain intact, but slides, hammers-on and pull-offs are added, plus up-the-neck solos are added to many selections. Songs are also presented in the accepted keys and tunings, (two arrangements in C tuning). Includes slow-fast demonstration CD recording. Selections: Blue Moon of Kentucky, Blue Ridge Cabin Home, Dark Hollow, Footprints in the Snow, Fox on the Run, Keep on the Sunny Side, Little Cabin Home on the Hill, Little Maggie, The Old Homeplace, Rocky Top.$12.00 plus 2.00 P&H   Add to Cart

Jack Hatfield's Gospel Collection

Twelve most-loved old time Gospel songs, arranged for five string banjo, beginner to late intermediate level. Includes slow-fast CD (banjo solo only, no rhythm instruments on CD). There is some duplication of titles with Hatfield's "Old Time Gospel Banjo Solos" published by Mel Bay (above), so if you already have that book, check songlist. Selections include: Amazing Grace, Crying Holy, Farther Along, I'l Fly Away, I'm Using My Bible for a Roadmap, In The Sweet By and By, Life is Like a Mountain Railway, Rock of Ages, Uncloudy Day, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, When The Roll is Called Up Yonder, Will The Circle Be Unbroken.  $12.00 plus 2.00 P&H

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Jack Hatfield's Christmas Collection

Twelve seasonal favorites, arranged for five string banjo, beginner to late intermediate level. Includes slow-fast CD (banjo solo only, no rhythm instruments on CD).

Auld Lang Syne, Blue Christmas, Deck The Halls, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Silent Night, We Three Kings, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, What Child is This? $12.00 plus 2.00 P&H

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Soloing at Slow Tempos

Twelve month series of Jack's Concepts and Systems column from Banjo Newsletter. Teaches Scruggs and Reno techniques and classical techniques such as rolling chord melody, chord tremolo, single string tremolo, and thumb-accompanied tremolo. Tabs include: 'Tis Sweet to be Remembered, Some Old Day, Greensleeves, Faded Love, Amazing Grace, Lara's Theme and Abide With Me. $10.00, plus $2.00 P&H. (no recording available)

TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK - REVISION IN PROGRESS

~Jack Hatfield

 

 

Chords: Their Construction and Use

For The five-String banjo player. Banjo Newsletter Concepts and Systems columns from January 1995 through July 1996. Builds from concepts of scales to triads to jazz chords, showing where they come from, how to identify them by ear and how to use them in arranging and composing. Includes tabs to chord scale tunes, not included in the original BNL articles: Selections: Dancer, Dixie Breakdown, Little Rock Getaway, Dewdrops, Sweet Georgia Brown, Blackberry Blossom (no recording available). 

TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK - REVISION IN PROGRESS

~Jack Hatfield

COMPLETE FIVE-BOOK SET OF REVISED TUNES BOOKS WITH RHYTHM TRAX CDS

SPECIAL! SAVE $16.00 BY PURCHASING ALL FIVE FOR ONLY $45.00 PLUS $5.00 P/H!

Banjo Tunes Volume 1, Banjo Tunes Volume 2, Banjo Tunes Volume 3, Fiddle Tunes for Banjo Volume 1 and Fiddle Tunes for Banjo Volume 2 

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TUNESTM BOOKS with slow-fast Rhythm Trax play-along recording by Jack Hatfield - REVISED MAY 2017 - UPDATED TYPESETTING, RE-DESIGNED COVERS, ADDITIONAL SOLOS!

                                                                                                                                              

 

                                                    

BANJO TUNES, VOLUME 1

Boil Them Cabbage
Comin' Round the Mountain
Cripple Creek
Cumberland Gap
Fireball Mail
Lonesome Road Blues
Old Joe Clark
Sourwood Mountain
Tom Dooley

Train '45'

Banjo Tunes, Volume 1

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BANJO TUNES, VOLUME 2

Note-for-note Earl Scruggs transcriptions, as recorded. Four tunes with more bars of music than any other Tunes books!  Entire recorded solos are included, for example, all ELEVEN solos to Foggy Mountain Breakdown!.

Bugle Call Rag
Foggy Mountain
Breakdown
Dear Old Dixie
Shucking The Corn

Banjo Tunes, Volume 2

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BANJO TUNES, VOLUME 3

Six advanced classics!  A MUST for all banjo players!

Clinch Mountain Backstep
Dixie Breakdown
Dueling Banjos
Foggy Mt. Special

Follow The Leader
Theme Time

Banjo Tunes, Volume 3

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FIDDLE TUNES FOR BANJO, VOLUME 1

Black Mountan Rag
Cotton-Eyed Joe
Devil's Dream
Faded Love
Liberty
Old Joe Clark
Ragtime Annie
Sally Goodin'
Salt Creek
Soldier's Joy

Fiddle Tunes for Banjo, Volume 1

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FIDDLE TUNES FOR BANJO, VOLUME 2

Arkansas Traveler
Bill Cheatham
Billy in the Lowground
Down Yonder
Eighth of January
Fire on the Mountain
Golden Slippers
Red-Haired Boy
Turkey in the Straw
Whiskey Before Breakfast

Fiddle Tunes for Banjo, Volume 2

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           HOW TO PLAY BY EAR - A GUIDE FOR MUSICIANS, SONGWRITERS AND COMPOSERS - by Jack Hatfield

 

THE MOST USEFUL BOOK ON THIS SITE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE "WHYS" OF CHORDS AND PROGRESSIONS - GRADUATE FROM PLAYING ONLY FROM TABLATURE OR SHEET MUSIC!

This book teaches basic music theory to those who have had no formal music instruction. Not a "banjo" book - For all musicians and all instruments. Includes: explanation of the number system, scale & chord construction, chord progression logic, probabilities and educated guessing. Explains and demonstrates via CD recording what to listen for, and why. The CD actually trains your ear to hear intervals, chord types, and identify common chord movement, all without musical notation or tablature.

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