If you now play Scruggs or melodic
And would like to become a more creative and imaginative
player...but still rely on tablature for most of your new tunes and
ideas... Banjo II will take you all over the neck through bluegrass,
country, pop, jazz, and fiddle tunes in Scruggs and melodic
styles...and show you how to...
Work out your own arrangements and
improvisations, and how to...
sheet music and recordings - Combine Scruggs and melodic
"Banjoize" and "Fiddlize" tunes - Develop straight and
Transpose - Select keys and tunings - Enhance chord
Apply music theory - Fake - Create your own licks, runs,
and learn the essence of your favorite banjo
player's styles such as; Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Don Reno, Alan
Munde, Ben Eldridge, and many others.
Learn without frustration...
Through teaching methods that have been successfully employed in
private and class instruction for over 40 years. It's an approach that
shows you how to teach yourself, and how to play intelligently and
creatively with other musicians - without frustration...and without
having to rely on other musicians for figuring out songs, chords, and
licks from recordings, sheet music, or tablature. You'll not only see
and hear numerous songs, licks, and patterns presented in a variety of
styles, but you'll see and hear music theory applied to improvising and
Everything in Banjo II is explained and demonstrated step
by step - you'll learn how songs evolve from basic to finished
arrangements. Even if you're a "first-year"banjo player, you'll find
most of the arrangements in the first few lessons of Banjo II easy to
play. From there, as the arrangements gradually become more complex,
you'll discover that your ability to play them will be improving as
.Just like private
You'll find studying and learning with Banjo II is almost
like having an instructor (in this case, the author) sitting in front of
you, except better, because you can review any topic as often as you wish,
always proceeding at your own rate, and feeling confident every area is
Play along with full
songs and techniques in the course are demonstrated in several ways.
Best of all, you'll find the real fun is in playing along with
the recorded songs. They were recorded with your
participation in mind to help you learn to apply everything you learn
about developing your own arrangements and improvisations, by playing
along with the many accompaniment backgrounds consisting of guitar, bass,
mandolin, and banjo that are included in the course. While learning in
the privacy of your own home, you'll gain the knowledge and confidence
that are necessary for playing with others.
Play backup to lead
Most of the songs in Banjo II include backup
sections for you to play along with the recorded portion. Written in
tablature, all backup sections are demonstrated and discussed, including
detailed discussions of the techniques required for playing each section.
In fact, by the time you complete Banjo II, you'll have learned
most of the backup treatments the professionals play, and have learned how
to apply them to other situations. Best of all, every recorded
arrangement in Banjo II is designed to allow you to alternate between
backup and lead without missing a beat - as if you were playing in a
The equivalent of over 60 private
Banjo II is presented in a
smooth, logical order of graduated sections that build from basic to
complex, beginning to end. Each section consists of three to five lessons
- depending on subject length, with, each lesson being the equivalent of
three private lessons. Included with each lesson is all written material;
sheet music, tablature, and diagrams...plus a 60 to 90-minute recording of
narration and demonstration, including full accompaniment
Banjo II contains over 350
diagrams, over 60 songs, and over 80 arrangements on over 150 pages,
totaling almost 30 hours of narration and demonstration on your choice of CD or cassette
Scruggs style is regarded by most banjo players as the
foundation for all 3-finger picking styles, and that's just where
Banjo II begins - by showing you how to work out your own
Scruggs style arrangements and breaks on lower neck.
Following the lower neck Scruggs style section, you'll
learn how to work out a variety of fiddle tunes in melodic style;
reels, jigs, and hornpipes, in a variety of keys and tunings - all over
Then, you'll change back to Scruggs style, this time
focusing on developing tasteful upper neck breaks and
Next, you'll learn how to combine the features of
Scruggs and melodic styles to best advantage to help you create
even more interesting melody arrangements melody and breaks - this time,
focusing on the entire neck.
These sections show you how to simplify complex
melodies ("Banjoizing"), how to make simple melodies more
interesting and complex ("Fiddlizing"), how to improvise in all
music forms in Scruggs and melodic style, and how to create
Through it all, you'll learn all about
the necessary tools for arranging and how to apply them; scales, chord
construction, chord substitutions and modifications, chord progression
enhancements, arpeggiated scales, blues scales, and
How do you learn to do all
Through dozens of examples, explanations, and
demonstrations of techniques for just about every song situation
imaginable. Every arrangement in Banjo II is discussed at length in
terms of problem areas and conclusions that lead to the results. Your
first lesson, for example, contains all of the important rules and
guidelines for creating interesting and effective Scruggs style
arrangements on lower neck - including detailed examples of how to put it
all to use in other songs. In addition, each lesson ends with a tune for
you to work out, which is followed by an analysis of my version in the
next lesson for you to compare to your version.
Banjo II Table of Contents...
For even more information on all the subjects covered in Banjo II, just click here to view the complete Banjo II Table of Contents. A link is provided at the bottom of the table to bring you right back to this spot.
Two free introductory CDs with your
Included FREE with your first lesson are two CDs containing an overview of Banjo II plus valuable
Becoming a more creative player - Developing speed and accuracy
- Efficient practice methods - How to memorize - Tablature and note
If you'd like to read what others have to say about Banjo II, just scroll to the bottom of the page...
How to begin receiving your Banjo II
Compared to private instruction fees of $30.00 to $45.00 per hour,
you'll be pleased with how little Banjo II costs. It's just
$25.00 per month, including shipping and handling (overseas
residents; $30.00 per month). Because the content of each lesson is equal
to 3 to 4 private lessons, Banjo II costs only a FIFTH as much as
To receive your first lesson and free
Just click on the ready-for-printing order
form at the bottom of the "How to Order" page, write Banjo II
Lesson One, order number BL6151 on the form and send it along with
a check or money order for $25.00 ($35.00 overseas) (made
out to LeWalt Publishing) to: LeWalt Publishing, 4930 E Horsehaven Ave,
Post Falls, Idaho 83854 U.S.A.
Within 15 days,
you'll receive your first lesson of the Banjo II course, consisting of prepunched lesson
sheets, 2 CDs, plus your two free introductory CDs,
and a simple form already made out to send in with your next lesson payment.
Or purchase the complete
BANJO II course at one time...
To learn at a
faster rate and not wait for monthly lessons to arrive, purchase the
complete Banjo II course at one time and enjoy even greater savings. When purchasing
all 20 lessons at one time, you'll receive all of the written material in spiral-bound
book form - to stay open on your music stand...
When purchasing the full course,
you'll receive 39 CDs with slim-line jewel cases. In addition, you'll receive two
The first additional CD consists of four "play-along" chord progressions of
guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo, that repeat over and over for 15 minutes each. They're designed to help
you invent even more improvisational, backup, and arrangement ideas. The four progressions are: "Circle of
Fifths", "12-Bar Blues", "Waltzes", and "Fiddle Tunes".
The second additional CD consists of all the music portions in the course (songs, exercises,
scales, etc.) in TablEdit format. Because these are data files, it's necessary to have TablEdit's free tab
viewer downloaded to your computer to open them.
(Note: TablEdit files do not include the narrative parts of the course which are necessary for understanding
the material. They are included only to afford additional tempo variations.)
Banjo II Course with CDs (150-page book, 41 CDs
with slim-line cases)
$294.95 (a savings of $245.05 as compared to single lesson purchases)
Order # BC7107
When ordering the complete Banjo II course with CDs, please add:
$24.00 for shipping and handling (priority mail) U.S.A.
$26.00 for shipping and handling (airmail rate) Canada
$45.00 for shipping and handling (airmail rate) European Countries
$55.00 for shipping and handling (airmail rate) Australia and all other countries.
60-minute sample CD of all 20
If you'd like more
information on how Banjo II can dramatically improve your banjo playing
abilities before purchasing the course, a 60-minute sample CD
containing narration and demonstration excerpts of all 20 lessons is
available for just $6.95 post-paid (for overseas airmail, please add
...An alternative to all of the above...the Banjo II Course is now available
on flash drive...
If you’d prefer a more user-friendly format than 41 CDs for laptop
and iPod use (or any computer or other device with USB ports), the course is now available in .mp3 format on Flash Drive.
The course includes the 150-page Banjo II book and 2-gig flash drive (recorded portion of course consists of 2 gigs) with
flash drive case. Also included on the flash drive are all of the music portions of the course (songs, exercises, scales,
etc) in TablEdit format for additional reference and tempo variation.
(TablEdit’s free .tef viewer is necessary for opening TablEdit files. They do not include the narrative parts of the course
which are essential for understanding the material).
As there’s no need to burn and label CDs, we're able to offer the course at lower cost. Rather than
pay $294.95 for a book and 41 CDs, the cost of the course on flash drive is just...
$249.95 plus $6.00 for shipping and handling (U.S. and Canada)
(Airmail to European countries: $12.00, Australia and Japan: $15.00).
That's a savings of approximately $300.00 as compared to single lesson purchases, plus more
savings on shipping...
Order # BCF-7107
To order any of the above
Just click on the ready-for-printing order
form at the bottom of the "How to Order" page, write in your order on the form,
and send it along with a check or money order in U.S. funds to:
LeWalt Publishing, 4930 E Horsehaven Ave,
Post Falls, Idaho 83854 U.S.A.
Banjo II Reviews and Testimonials...
Wayne Shrubsall, writing for Banjo Newsletter Magazine...
"...intellectually superior in many ways to just about any banjo instruction course I've seen in the last 30 years...no other system I've seen is quite as complete."
David Finnery, Washington D.C...
"At last, it looks like someone has finally developed a course that tells banjo players what they need to know.
In the first five lessons, I learned more about working out tunes in Scruggs style than I thought possible, and now
in lesson 6, I'm learning the same things about melodic style. An incredible course!"
Joe Dolan, Pomona, CA...
"Atlogether, a fine course - well worth the modest sum charged. I am learning a great deal from it and find the
play-along sections extremely helpful."
Wayne Scott, San Jose, CA...
"The first lesson was great. The philosophical discussions helped place the whole learning process in a much
better perspective. It's a revelation to me after playing for two years off of tabs that I actually arranged my
Randy Smith, Fairbanks, AK...
"Your Banjo II course is an excellent help to me. It has already answered a lot of my questions and I'm looking
forward to the next 19 lessons."
Joe Deitering, Tucson, AZ...
John Burri, Walnut, CA...
"I feel very fortunate to be taking this course! I like your style of teaching and have a lot of confidence
that what you write down is well worth working on. It's the best banjo music I've heard anywhere, and it is not too
difficult for me to play, although I hesitated to tackle some of the backup arrangements, but they sounded so good that
I stuck with them until they became easier. "Old Time Religion" revolutionized my playing to where I revised
all of my tabs, but my favorite songs so far are "Dark Hollow", "When You and I Were Young, Maggie",
"Poor Ellen Smith", "Railroad Bill", and "Amazing Grace". Your information on theory is
practical and easy to understand."
"Your course is fantastic! I've already learned more from the first two lessons than I did with 9 months of private
lessons. I feel very strongly about the benefits of this course."
John Furuli, Conifer, CO...
"I wanted to write you to let you know how happy I am with your Banjo II course. I have bought lots of banjo books
over the years, but none of them have contained anything near the wealth of useful information I have found in your
course....I have listened to the first 6 lessons and am really pleased with how useful they've been...this course has
let me see that I can progress a lot farther than I ever thought I could - it has given me more optimism about, and
enthusiam for, the banjo than I have had for a long time...the price of your course is trivial compared to the information
it contains...I have already found useful information I don't think I would have otherwise learned, and have invested
much more over the years in books offering lots of tablature but little information on approaching the banjo as a musical
excerpts of two letters from Doug Ritter, Waynesville, OH...
First letter: "I've had the course now for about a week. I'm working on lesson 2 and just had to write to
you and tell you how much I am enjoying it. It has already answered a thousand questions I have not been able to get
answers for before this. Working out new songs always seemed like magic to me before, but now I see there's a logical
thought process involved."
Second letter: "I am working on Banjo II, lesson 7 now, and am amazed at how much I've learned already...
your timing and rhythm are just dead-on. I enjoy listening to the recorded examples so much that I sometimes listen
to them on the way to work in the truck - I've considered making a tape of just the examples."
Garry Griffiths, Briagolong, Australia...
"Having just completed your Banjo II course, I wanted to write to let you know how pleased I am. To me, the
course is an excellent distillation of banjo knowledge that has transformed my playing. I'm no longer at the mercy of
other people's tablatures, and I'm now able to make up my own arrangements. The course is a challenge every step of
the way, but not overly so. Keep up the good work, and thank you for having made the course available".