A collection of banjo tablature, chords and lyrics for 50 popular jam session classics. The arrangements will provide interesting challenges for both intermediate and advanced banjo players.
Also included are articles on "How do I play along in a jam session when I don't know the tunes", “What is a chord?” and "One more time – with feeling.”
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Free bluegrass backup arrangements: click here for tune list
These arrangements were created with Band-In-A-Box. If your don't have BIAB then you can download the free midi player from vanbasco. This allows you to adjust the tempo, which is important when you're learning a new tune. Set the tempo to a comfortable slow speed, then gradually increase the tempo as you improve. Always practice a new tune SLOWLY with good SOLID timing. All arrangements are in the key of G unless otherwise stated. The arrangements do not contain any melody - it is your job to play the lead.
The complete collection of back up midi arrangements can be downloaded in the single file allmid.zip . Right click on the link and select "Save Target As" in the dialog box. Navigate to the folder where you wish to save the file and click "Save". You will then need to unzip the file using Winzip. If you own Band-In-A-Box then I recommend that you download the complete set of "sgu" files in allsgu.zip instead of allmid.zip. After saving and unzipping the sgu files, you will then be able to select each tune from within BIAB and use my custom bluegrass style file 5string.sty and variations of this style. The files are also compatible withe RealTracks .