Skype Banjo Lessons! with Tom Adams
Featured MP3Get Up, Stand Up posted 11/14/2013
Tom Adams - banjo, electric bass, guitar, egg shaker
Tuning: open Cm gCGCEb
Banjo tab arrangement based on the Bob Marley recording
The Wailers Burnin' (Island Records)
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Tom at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
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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: Ashokan Farewell
Based on the original recording by composer Jay Ungar from the PBS television series
The Civil War by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns
Watch the entire break on the custom video page.
Individual Banjo Tabs Now AvailableThe first 28 tunes are listed here on the Banjo Tab page.
Banjo Students Blog
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]
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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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