This is the ideal beginner's book, presenting the basics of the 5-string banjo in a way that is both fun and easy. Janet Davis takes you on an extensive tour of this instrument's fundamental techniques, as well as some intermediate possibilities including rolls, chords, bluegrass banjo techniques, playing up the neck, licks, endings, and other basics needed to play bluegrass and melodic-style banjo. Thorough performance notes are provided from beginning to end, revealing the secrets of this versatile instrument. The companion stereo play-along audio features Janet Davis' teaching and lively banjo performance. On the online video, Janet explains the first 22 lessons from the book and demonstrates examples at both slow and regular speed. Includes access to online audio and video.