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Get the free downloadTom's inspirational banjo practice time poster "How's It Sound?" can be printed at home on your choice of 8 1/2" x 11" paper and posted conspicuously in your designated practice area. No matter what tune you're playing or how long you've been a banjo player, you'll want to look to this poster for inspiration each and every day. Great for use with a metronome and when practicing rolls. Always in style, "How's It Sound?" is the question that you can answer every time. Perfect for giving yourself a pop quiz when you least expect it, "How's It Sound?" is suitable for framing. Makes a great gift! Use Landscape printing mode for maximum effect.
CUSTOM VIDEO LESSONS: Dancing In The Hog Trough
Tired of playing banjo tunes in G?
This rip-roaring tune in D will light a fire under your resonator!
Play a pro-sounding break using no more than 2 left-hand fingers 90% of the time.
Individual Banjo Tabs Now AvailableThe first 17 tunes are listed here on the Banjo Tab page.
Banjo Students Blog
Content updated regularly - 3/31/2013:
Have You Practiced Tuning Your Banjo?
With all of the emphasis on practicing right-hand rolls and left-hand pull-offs, it's easy to overlook a key factor in whether your playing sounds good or not: Playing In Tune. Playing in tune is so basic that there's often little more attention paid to it than being told "get an electronic tuner". [continued]
Local StudentsAre you local and looking for lessons in the Adams County, PA area?
Featured MP3Buckaroo posted 3/30/2013
Tom Adams - banjo, guitars and bass.
Banjo tab arrangement based on the recording
Carnegie Hall Concert with Buck Owens and his Buckaroos (Capitol)
Tab available on the Banjo Tab Page.
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Based on the 1949 recording by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys, here's a down-the-neck break that has all of the key ingredients of the Flatt & Scruggs original. Tune your banjo up a fret to match the old Mercury record:
Banjo Tab: Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Bugle Call Rag
This video demonstrates three breaks plus the ending to Bugle Call Rag from the 1960 album "Foggy Mountain Banjo" by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys. Includes the unique lick that starts the tune's 3rd break:
Banjo Tab: Bugle Call Rag
Based on the classic 1960 recording on the album "Foggy Mountain Banjo" by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys, here's the intro, ending, and first break for Cripple Creek. Tune up to match the pitch of the original Columbia recording and get your bass player to play the bass line like Jake Tullock!
Banjo Tab: Cripple Creek
Tom Sighting in North Carolina
Adams County Banjo has confirmed the blurry image above shows Tom playing the banjo at the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance on October 6 performing with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble.
January Night hits #1 this week
January Night, co-written by Wayne Taylor and Tom, is #1 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart for Oct. 5.
You'll also find Tom's new instrumental, Chips & Salsa, on Wayne Taylor's CD "It's About Time".
Check it out on iTunes
Earl Scruggs tribute at the
2012 IBMA Awards Show
Tom (upper left, background) at the Earl Scruggs tribute, Thursday evening in Nashville. — photo by John Goad. Video clip at Bluegrass Today
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Scruggs Liner NotesFoggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs (Rounder Records) Posted 5/21/2012
Well folks the music on this disc is absolutely A-number 1, but I made a typo in the liner notes for which I beg forgiveness. I wrote the song title Roll On, Columbia when I most definitely meant to write Columbia, Gem of the Ocean – in reference to Earl’s really cool banjo lick within the tune Foggy Mountain Breakdown. I overlooked my mistake, and didn’t catch the error until today, when it is too late to correct - the CD will be coming out June 5th. My sincere apology goes out to Tim Austin, the album’s producer, the bluegrass banjo community, and to Earl Scruggs and his family. — Tom Adams