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Bluegrass Banjo

Instruction Books


 Level One

by Edward T Wing


The text for the TV series.  A complete method for the beginning banjo player. Ten lessons, each with five exercises carefully explaining new techniques. Includes these songs:

Get it Rollin'

Bile That Cabbage

Old Dan Tucker

Cripple Creek

Worried Man

I Saw the Light

Mountain Dew

The Circle

Foggy Mountain Breakdown


Included are: nine different rolls; slide, hammer, and pull-off techniques; more than forty common licks and fill-in’s; and basic chord rhythm style. The CD Audio (included) contains all exercises played slowly and all songs played slow and fast with guitar back-up. This is the method which has started thousands playing banjo across North America from the TV series on The Learning Channel.

Level Two

by Edward T. Wing and Glenn Laney


A continuation of Level One. Level Two takes you up the neck for high variations of some songs, expands your vocabulary of licks, and introduces you to the melodic style.  Several arrangements by Glenn Laney (co-author, leader of “The Knoxville Grass and guest artist on the TV series) give you a foundation in a hard-driving, professional style of picking. Includes these songs :


Cripple Creek Variations

Cumberland Gap

Salty Dog

Worried Man (high variation)

John Hardy

Wreck of Old 97

Little Maggie

Old Joe Clark

Salt Creek

Rocky Top

Eighth of January (melodic style)


Level Two is a good place to start if you've been playing a while, can read tablature, and can play some basic solos already.

Level Three

by Edward T. Wing


Advanced studies in melodic and bluegrass technique.  Level Three is intended as a course of expansion and development to be undertaken after the use of some of the supplemental collections.  Material covered includes melodic style fiddle tunes, advanced bluegrass licks, twin banjos in harmony, and back-up techniques.  Fourteen lessons, including the following songs:


Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

Wabash Cannonball

Gold Rush

Down Yonder

Alabama Jubilee

Devil s Dream

Sailor's Hornpipe

Red Haired Boy

Cincinnati Rag

Joe Clark Harmony

Devil's Dream Harmony

Tennessee Waltz

Scarborough Fair

Cpt. Hoedown's Hornpipe

Dixie Hoedown


Bluegrass Banjo Song Books


Knoxville Banjo

Tablature arrangements by Glenn Laney. The leader of “The Knoxville Grass" presents his versions of hot pickin’ favorites.  Suitable for Level Two and beyond.  Master the tunes in this book and you're ready to pick with a band!  


The songs are:



Fireball Mail


Little Dave


Theme Time




Blackjack Variations




Pick Away


Sally Good’n


Sally Good’n Variations


Sweet Georgia Brown


Black Mountain Rag


Sled Ridin’


Welcome To New York


C.G. Express


Roll In My Sweet ...


Stoney Creek


San Antonio Rose


Orange Blossom Special


Lonesome Fiddle Blues


Jordan's Hornpipe



Hatfield Banjo

Jack Hatfield, noted banjo author and former columnist for "Banjo Newsletter", presents twenty of his favorite teaching arrangements. Beginners through Level Three students will enjoy Jack's fluid versions of these bluegrass classics. Several techniques (like index on the 4th string) which are not found in Levels One and Two are demonstrated as exercises. This book is an important supplement to your education and repertoire.


The songs are:



Two Dollar Bill


Salty Dog Blues


Bugle Call Rag


Comin’ Round the Mt.


Eight More Miles to Louisville


Rose of Old Kentucky


... Mountain Railway


In the Sweet By and By


Sourwood Mountain




Sittin’ on Top of the World


 Lonesome Road Blues




Soldier s Joy




Nine Pound Hammer


More Pretty Girls Than One


Banks of the Ohio


Dixie Breakdown


Lady of Spain


Forty West

Gospel Banjo

by Edward T. Wing. Tablature arrangements of Gospel and Sacred favorites. The  banjo truly "makes a joyful noise", and Gospel music has always been an important part of bluegrass.  If you want to be ready to use your banjo in a church or Sunday school setting, or if you just love those fine old melodies, this book is a must!


The songs are:



This Little Light


Battle Hymn of the Republic


Rock of Ages


Saints Go Marching In


Christ the Lord is Risen


I’ll Fly Away


Down By the Riverside


Old Hundredth (Doxology)


Amazing Grace


Stand Up For Jesus


Swing Low Sweet Chariot


Do Lord


What a Friend We Have in Jesus


Joshua Fit the Battle


This Train


In the Garden


Onward Christian Soldiers


Old Rugged Cross


Great Speckled Bird


Go Tell it on the Mountain



Yuletide Banjo

Christmas favorites arranged by Edward T. Wing. You'll be amazed and delighted by the way the bluegrass banjo style is integrated with traditional Christmas melodies.


Order early so you‘ll have time to learn your favorites befire Christmas! 


The songs are:



Joy to the World


0 Come All Ye Faithful


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


White Christmas


Silent Night


It Came upon a Midnight Clear


Jingle Bells


Away in a Manger


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


The First Noel


Jolly Old St. Nicholas


God Rest Ye Merry  Gentlemen


We Three Kings


Up on the Housetop


Santa Claus is Coming to Town


0 Little Town of Bethlehem


Deck the Halls


We Wish You a Merry Christmas


Auld Lang Syne


Angels We Have Heard



Banjo Americana

by Edward T. Wing.  Forty songs from the American musical tradition to expand your repertoire and enrich your musical heritage.  The arrangements range from Level One to advanced.


The songs are: 



Back to Old Virginia


Red River Valley


Old Kentucky Home


Jessie James


The Cruel War


Marine’s Hymn


Suwannee River


This Land


Bill Bailey


Camp Town Races


Old McDonald


Army Song


Working on the R.R.


Go Tell Aunt Rhody


Turkey in the Straw


You Are My Sunshine


Yellow Rose of Texas


Frankie and Johnny


Oh Susanna


Skip to My Lou


Buffalo Gals


Gotta Travel On


Row Your Boat


The Girl I Left Behind Me


Polly Wolly Doodle


Wildwood Flower


America the Beautiful


Grandfather’s Clock


Comin’ Round the Mountain


Stars and Stripes


Billy Boy


Li’l Liza Jane


Tom Dooley


Careless Love






The Gang’s All Here


Reuben Reuben




Long Long Ago


Drunken Sailor






Each printed publication comes with one or more CDs.


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The Owl

P.O. Box 11215

Knoxville, TN 37939


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The Banjo Experience


An introductory course in BLUEGRASS BANJO presented in PowerPoint


Written and produced by Edward T Wing


The Banjo Experience contains five units, each consisting of seven lessons. Each lesson is a PowerPoint file with tablature on slides, and with audio buttons for slow and faster performance. Solos are played with backup instrumentation and a full band arrangement is included.


The lesson files run from 30 to 50 megabytes. Each unit of seven lessons is provided on a CD.




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Send your order to: The Owl, P.O. Box 11215, Knoxville, TN 37939


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Books with CD Audio



Bluegrass Banjo Level One



Bluegrass Banjo Level Two



Knoxville Banjo



Gospel Banjo



Hatfield Banjo



Yuletide Banjo



Banjo Americana



Bluegrass Banjo Level Three



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The Banjo Experience: Computer Course in PowerPoint. Five units, seven lessons in each unit on a CD



Single lesson



Unit 1:  (7 lessons, $8 each)



Unit 2:  (7 lessons, $8 each)



Unit 3:  (7 lessons, $8 each)



Unit 4:  (7 lessons, $8 each)



Unit 5:  (7 lessons, $8 each)



Complete Course, all five units (35 lessons, $6 each)



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Send your order to:

The Owl

P.O. Box 11215

Knoxville, TN 37939

Or contact Edward Wing by clicking on this picture of him: