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Jack Tuttle's Bluegrass Banjo Collection, Vol. 1

To order by mail

For orders outside the US, you must order from here.

For those with the updated book titled Jack Tuttle's Banjo Primer, go here.

This book is a result of my developing a well thought-out lesson program for banjo over the last twenty years of teaching. In this 100 page spiral-bound book, the tablature is laid out in a graduated fashion. In the beginning lessons, we use simple three-finger rolls, combined with chords and melodies to play some standard bluegrass songs. As we progress, we introduce the hammer, slide and pull-off licks associated with Earl Scruggs.

As the pieces move along, we learn some classic solos I have transcribed through the years from Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, J.D. Crowe and other banjo greats, mixed in with lots of my own arrangements of commonly played bluegrass jam pieces, all with an eye toward developing the correct stylistic elements essential to bluegrass banjo. Also included are back-up ideas, vamping patterns, movable licks, vocal endings, double tag endings, and ¾ style playing ideas.

For an idea of the quality of the transcriptions, you can download PDF samples on my transcription page.

A second volume, with tons of classic breaks, licks and backup ideas is coming soon.

Below is the song index from this book. The links below are mp3s of the songs.

Worried Man Blues simple arranement, uses one forward roll all the way
Banjo in the Hollow uses forward-reverse roll much of the way
Mountain Dew alternating thumb roll
I'll Fly Away mixes previously learned rolls
Cripple Creek (1) simplified arrangement
Way Downtown focuses on an index lead roll
My Little Girl In Tennessee adds in a new classic Scruggs roll
Roll on Buddy reverse roll
Foggy Mountain Top mix of things rolls and some new hammer-on ideas
Lonesome Road Blues (1) introduces another classic Scruggs roll
Will The Circle Be Unbroken? uses forward roll in a new way
I Saw the Light another new roll added
I Saw the Light (backup) some backup ideas
Freight Train focuses on a two-finger roll
Cripple Creek (2) the first real Scruggs arangement in the book
Doug's Tune written by Doug Dillard - uses one of the classic rolls associated with him
Dooley one more by Doug Dillard
Hot Corn Cold Corn Scruggs's version
Dark Hollow first piece in the book played in the key of C
Dark Hollow (backup) some more backup ideas for C
Bury Me Beneath The Willow full of standard Scruggs ideas
Short Life Of Trouble first waltz (3/4) in the book
This Morning At Nine focuses on a roll that leads with the middle finger
This Morning At Nine (backup) more backup ideas
Cumberland Gap classic Scruggs break that moves up the neck
Fireball Mail classic Scruggs break
Little Darling Pal Of Mine more Scruggs
Old Joe Clark my arrangement
Ballad of Jed Clampet Scruggs solo taken from the actual TV show theme
The Bluebirds Are Singing For Me another key of C break
Big Mon my arrangement of Bill Monroe authored fiddle tune. Scruggs style approach
Molly and Tenbrooksmy transcription of Craig Smith's break
Foggy Mountain. Breakdown classic Scruggs piece, his first time through the tune
Foggy Mtn. Breakdown (up the neck) his most classic up-the-neck break
I'll Talk It All Over With Him from J.D. Crowe with the Bluegrass Album Band
Clinch Mountain Backstep a Ralph Stanley banjo classic - pretty close to his version
The Children Are Crying another key of C
Old Home Place my arrangement of a Dillard's classic - pretty standard solo
Highway Of Regret Ralph Stanley's classic solo
Walls Of Time bluesy break in the key of C
Nobody's Love Is Like Mine Ralph Stanley's classic solo
Pretty Polly Ralph Stanley's classic solo
When You And I Were Young, Maggie my arrangement
The Old Home Town from J.D. Crowe with the Bluegrass Album Band
Head Over Heels In Love With You from J.D. Crowe with the Bluegrass Album Band
High On A Mountain my arrangement
Ocean Of Diamonds my arrangement of a Jimmy Martin waltz classic
Katy Daley Ralph Stanley's classic solo
Black Mountain Rag my arrangement of a standard fiddle tune - the A version - mostly Scruggs style
Blue Ridge Cabin Home from J.D. Crowe with the Bluegrass Album Band
Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow my version in C - drop C tuning.
Train 45 Paul Craft's version as he played it with Jimmy Martin
Spinning Wheel my arrangement of an underplayed tune on C
Sunny Side of the Mountain my arrangement of a Jimmy Martin classic - liberal use of syncopation
Sweet Sunny South my arrangement
Salt Creek my arrangement of a fiddle clasic, Scruggs style
Footprints In The Snow my arrangement in drop C tuning
Turkey Knob my arrangement of a Eddie Adcock banjo tune
I'll Never Shed Another Tear from J.D. Crowe with the Bluegrass Album Band
Soldier's Joy my version played out of D
Grandfather's Clock my version, uses harmonics
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms classic Scruggs break
Nobody's Business Ralph Stanley's classic solo
Theme Time my very straight ahead version of a banjo tune from the Jimmy Martin repertoire
Pike County Breakdown classic Scruggs break that uses some single-string
Bill Cheatum my version with some melodic style
Think Of What You've Done from Jim Mills' recording with Ricky Skaggs
Cherokee Shuffle my version of a fiddle tune classic
My Rose of Old Kentucky up the neck example of Bill Monroe song
Liberty my version - uses some syncopation
Little Maggie classic Scruggs up-the-neck break
Lonesome Road Blues (2) classic Scruggs up-the-neck break
Arkansas Traveler my take on a standard fiddle tune played out of C
Ground Speed classic Scruggs break
Why Did You Wander? my version of a staright ahead up-the-neck solo
Salty Dog classic Scruggs break
It Takes One To Know One waltz using lots of triplets and up-the-neck
Toy Heart from J.D. Crowe with the Bluegrass Album Band
Red Wing my version
East Virginia Blues based on the playing of Harley Bray (Bray Brothers) played out of C
Blackberry Blossom my arrangement - mostly melodic style
Foggy Mountain Special classic Scruggs break

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