John performs on 5-string banjo with Gene Yellin on guitar
A rare opportunity to jam with the great
Vassar Clements along with Mike Madan on mandolin.
I am very excited to finally present a page on my site dedicated to the 5-string banjo!
I first heard bluegrass banjo emanating from the tinny radio speaker of my 1956 black and white enamel Crown Victoria back in the mid-60’s. I became an instant and life-long fan and was determined to learn how to play that style. Forty-something years later I am still working at it; playing, teaching, and writing for three-finger "Scruggs-style" 5-string banjo.
As a jazz guitar player, I always “heard” the possibilities of the 5-string going in that direction as well. Soon I’ll be presenting some of my original jazz-inspired ideas and exercises in lesson format.
Let’s begin with some basic roll patterns to accompany fiddle-tune progressions. I think you will find them to be fun and effective.
Opus 8, No. 1
It has been my experience that, all too often, student players tend to play repetitive forward rolls “ad infinitum” resulting in tedium. This exercise is meant to make you comfortable “mixing” forward and reverse roll patterns in order to create interest and to avoid that sameness “trap”.
The banjo is an “in your face” instrument! Every note, every articulation must be played precisely and with conviction, with ATTITUDE! I spend some time in this lesson discussing the “staple” blues articulation on the 3rd string. It takes some time and work to get that little device to be effective. It’s probably played 20 or 30 times in most recordings!
Eight traditional carols arranged for 5-string banjo by John Carlini in the original choral style.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
It came Upon The Midnight Clear
Joy To The World
O Come All Ye Faithful
We Three Kings of Orient Are
"These are great arrangements! I want to learn them all!"
"The Christmas Carols for the banjo is tremendous!
I really enjoy listening to them and trying to learn them."
--Zyndall G, NC
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