Tony Trischka – Bluegrass Banjo Tunes and Techniques
Jul 03 2016
This high-octane course in Scruggs-style banjo is perfect for the intermediate picker who wants to get to the next level. It is chock-full of terrific tunes and invaluable instruction. The traditional instrumentals that Tony teaches are part of the essential repertoire that every aspiring picker should know. He provides an in-depth analysis of each tune, and adds invaluable advice and instruction in how to employ rolls, chokes, slides, intros, endings, chord inversions and other important techniques that will give your solos the true bluegrass sound.
You’ll also learn how to back up a soloist, use syncopation, improvise, and overcome timing and speed problems.
Tony is accompanied by veteran musicians David Grier and Andrea Zonn, providing examples of how each tune is played in the context of a bluegrass band.
- John Hardy
- Nine-Pound Hammer
- Cross-Eyed Cricket
- Soldier’s Joy
- Liza Jane
- John Henry
- Weeping Willow
- Bluegrass Blues
- Little Maggie
- Leather Britches
Geared for intermediate players, “Bluegrass Banjo Tunes and Techniques” focuses on Scruggs style techniques, but it also will help you develop some additional repertoire. With good insight from Tony Trischka, numerous techniques and subtleties are demonstrated. Tone, time and taste are emphasized. The lesson, originally recorded in 1991, is well organized on DVD with a menu to all songs presented and 41 chapter points that are easily accessible. “Weeping Willow Tree” illustrates differences between Earl Scruggs and Don Reno’s breaks that were learned from a 1958 duet presentation of the song. “Liza Jane” emphasizes the concept of leaving space in a song to highlight its melody.
With some simple positions for the left hand, Trischka shows how various right hand rolls and techniques can embellish one’s playing. This lesson is best for those who have been playing awhile. Trischka quickly covers troubleshooting problems in one’s playing such as leaving out notes, buzzing, gaining speed, and thumping the banjo’s head. Along with David Grier on guitar and Andrea Zonn on fiddle, Tony demonstrates trio arrangements for each tune. The latter introduces the D-tuning.
Year: 2005 (1991)
Running time: 90 min
Video: MPEG Video, 720×480, 29.970 fps, 5133 Kbps
Audio: AC-3, 48.0 KHz, 224 Kbps
Size: 3.87 Gb