Banjo Tune IndexAbout 25 years ago in Hawai'i, I'd indexed all the tunes in the numerous 5-string banjo tab books I'd collected, and I published that list as the "Banjo Tune Catalog." I've added many additional books since then, and the result is this on-line Banjo Tune Index (BTI), with over 3,800 tabs listed from over 90 songbooks. (Thanks to Paul Hawthorne and others for sending me new listings!)
Banjo Book List
The Banjo Book List started to develop as I looked for more books for the BTI. Over 350 books, ranging back into the 19th century, it's mostly songbooks and banjo methods, but limited only to the concept "5-string banjo". Please let me know if you have something to add or correct.
Some of the following is based on data from files at Phillip Mann's Banjo Tablatures and Bluegrass Information Site:
Thumbnail History of the Banjo by Bill Reese.
Basic but Essential Sources for a History of the Banjo by Bill Reese.
Magazines, catalogs, lyrics, tabs...(links open in a new window)
Mike Iverson's Clawhammer Banjo Tablature & Instruction
The Mudcat Café - An online magazine dedicated to blues and folk music - forum, tunes, etc...
Tom Hanway's Page -- author of Mel Bay's "Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo"
Reed Kotler Music - makers of cool transcribing aids that help you learn by ear from your favorite recordings.
Folk of the Wood - Tools for the Acoustic Artist: Books,Videos, Instruments, Lessons and Accessories
Digital Tradition: Folk Song Full Text Search.
Lark in the Morning catalog
Elderly Instruments catalog.
Chris Grotewohl - Under the Influence Celtic and Original Music on the 5-string Banjo (about the CD/cassette)
Mel Bay Banjo Books
Banjo Strings at JustStrings.com
Banjo Links at Chris B's Music
Johnny Keenan - in memory of the late Irish banjo player (both tenor and 5-string) Johnny Keenan...
Bob Flesher Custom Banjos "beautiful handcrafted banjos since 1990..." Beautiful!
Terry Swan's Swan Instruments "the worlds first solid bodied electric banjos with a truly acoustic sound"
Goose Acres Banjos at Goose Acres Folk Music Center.
Ty Supancic's Tyger Brand Banjos Minstrel-style banjos.
Deering Banjo Co.
Mike Ramsey Banjos
Ken Perlman: Clawhammer Banjo & Fingerstyle Guitar
Wayne Erbsen's Native Ground Music: Music of America's Past
Second-hand 5-strings at Hobgoblin Music (UK).
Used banjos at Elderly Instruments: Open-back, Resonator, Tenor & Plectrum
A Great Bass Player
More Banjo Stuff
Glenn Miller's Banjo Academy online learning site with videos.
Lots of Banjo Links. (A file found on the web...)
Banjo-L Homepage for info about the Banjo-L newslist... Banjo questions and talk.
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