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Tenor Banjo - Gerry O'Connor

Learn to play the tenor banjo with this tutorial. Instruction is provided by tutor Gerry O' Connor. Video and audio files combine with music notation, text and photos to make the learning process as easy as possible.

The banjo tutorial was recorded by renowned banjo player Gerry O'Connor (of Four Men and a Dog fame). As well as being a successful performer, Gerry is also an experienced teacher who regularly gives workshops in Ireland, Europe and the United States. A performance piece and an interview with Gerry are included .

The tutorial caters for all levels from the absolute beginner to very advanced players. The tutorial also includes a performance piece and an interview with the tutor.

The beginner's section of the banjo tutor takes the student through the basics like scales and basic picking techniques and gradually leads them to a level where they are able to play jigs and reels with some basic ornaments.

The individuals parts of each tune covered are demonstrated on video at a slow pace and subsequently the full tune is demonstrated at a medium pace. Detailed music notation is also provided for each tune.

Topics Covered:
- How to Read Music
- How to Hold and Tune the Banjo
- Basic Picking Techniques
- Five Easy Airs
- Five Beginners Jigs
- Five Beginners Reels
- Single-note and Three-note Triplets
- Jigs and Reels with Ornaments

The Advanced section takes the student from beginners level to a stage where they are able to play difficult tunes with intricate ornamentation and complex picking techniques. This section is designed to take the student up to a level of proficiency adequate for participation in sessions and competitions.

Topics Covered:
- Eight Advanced Jigs
- Eight Advanced Reels
- Three Hornpipes
- Chromatic Triplets
- Hammer-ons and Slides
- Accented Passing Notes
- Incorporation of Chord Shapes
- Playing out of First Position

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