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The Session eBook – Banjo Tab eBook & Play-Along MP3 Tracks

May 5th, 2012

The Session eBook features 26 of the finest Scruggs-style banjo instrumentals ever played.

This Package includes 147 page PDF eBook/52 track MP3 download as well as 26 TablEdit files.

MP3 Play-Along files features full arrangements, played by real musicians. These are not your typical, generic MIDI, BIAB backing tracks.

The accompanying MP3 audio files include two versions of each song in the eBook. One with banjo to demonstrate the tab and one without the banjo so you can play-along with the band.

The tabs include a minimum of three solos per song  complete with intros and endings. The chords for the entire arrangement are shown in an easy to follow format that minimizes page flipping so the rest of the jam session can follow along as well.

These are complete, performance ready, arrangements based on classic recordings. The backing tracks range in speeds between 80-120 bpm so you can work on your timing confidently without struggling to keep up. As you get more comfortable with the songs you can use your playback software, such as Quicktime, to speed up the tracks to your desired tempo.

if you’re new to the banjo then you can grow into this book or if you’ve been playing for a while then this is perfect for building up your repertoire.

Songs included: Blackjack, Bugle Call Rag, Clinch Mountain Backstep, Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap, Dear Old Dixie, Earl’s Breakdown, Farewell Blues, Fireball Mail, Five Speed, Flint Hill Special, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Foggy Mountain Chimes, Foggy Mountain Special, Ground Speed, Home Sweet Home, John Hardy, John Henry, Lonesome Road Blues, Pike County Breakdown, Randy Lynn Rag, Reuben, Sally Ann, Sally Goodin, Shuckin’ The Corn, Train 45.

Package includes eBook in PDF format (147 pages). Links to download the 52 MP3 files as well as all 26 songs in TablEdit format. Instantly delivered to your email upon order completion.

For sample page, play-along tracks and more details see below.

The Session eBook

(Digital Download – PDF, MP3 & TablEdit format)
Price: $45

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Details:
eBook: 147 page 5-string banjo tablature book with chord charts in PDF format. (Delivered via Email)

TablEdit (TEF) Files: 26 TablEdit files included. (Delivered via Email)

MP3 Download: 52 Tracks Total (26 with banjo/26 without banjo). Three hours of music. (Download via link)

Personnel:
Sean Ray – Banjo, Guitar, Bass
Brian Ray – Mandolin
Paul Kienitz – Violin

Special thanks to Brian Ray and Paul Kienitz for their invaluable contributions to this project. For more information about their various musical endeavors check out The Briar Pickers

Samples:

      Lonesome Road Blues

      Lonesome Road Blues (No Banjo)

      Foggy Mountain Special

      Foggy Mountain Special (No Banjo)

      Sally Ann

      Sally Ann (No Banjo)

      Farewell Blues

      Farewell Blues (No Banjo)

Sample Tab Page

Read reviews and discuss the book

Check out the January 2013 edition of Banjo Newsletter for a complete review of The Session Book

Cripple Creek – Backing Track

August 28th, 2010

Cripple Creek – Backing Track – Key of A – 100 bpm

Trouser “Factory Farm Songs”

October 28th, 2008

Factory Farm Songs, the debut album from four-piece Trouser, is filled with echoes of classic Americana, folk and country combined with modern rock sounds. Themes throughout the nine original songs are varied — from Ken and Barbie’s troubled middle-age years to a family man’s desire to live underwater.

Politically and romantically charged lyrics are enhanced by the driving backbeats of Geoff Lewis (Across State Lines, Zydecrunch), and a range of acoustic and electric stringed instruments are played by songwriter and vocalist Nick Brown (Boris Texas), guitarist Rob Ericksen (Jive Dharma, Fly Illusion) and bassist Chris Hines (Domingo).

All of the musicians featured on Factory Farm Songs are good friends who’ve spent a decade recording and touring throughout the midwest, and Factory Farm Songs captures the straight-forward energy of the band’s live performances.

Recorded at the studios of Onsight75 Productions, LLC, and mastered at The Vault in New York City, Factory Farm Songs is also the first big release for Lemonchester Music, a Madison, Wis., based independent label dedicated to capturing the musical spirit of hungry and independent artists and delivering their music and messages to larger audiences.

I had the pleasure of playing pedal steel on tracks 1, 4 and 7 of this fine album. If you like what you hear below then go here and buy a copy for yourself.

Factory Farms
In The Bathroom
Crack In The Door

Pumpskully

December 7th, 2007


Pumpskully was the “Outlaw Country” band from hell.
Out of a basement in Nashville with some help on pedal steel from
Buddy Cage
of The New Riders Of The Purple Sage

Damn Hole
Farmer
Liar

Download the the entire album for free right here. (36MB zip file)

Drive Back

March 25th, 2006

Thanks to Ed I found some inspiration this weekend and channeled it into recording another Neil Young tune. The song this time is from the “Zuma” album.

I busted out the old Prophet 600 for a few cheesy analog syth licks. No quantizing here just good old disheveled rock & roll complete with a reverb explosion at the end.

Single Malt Audio

November 30th, 2005

Here are some rough recordings of me kickin’ back and screwing around.
Complete with false-starts and tempo fluctuations.

      Nashville Blues

      Blue Banjo

      Bite The Bullet

      Roll On Buddy

      Deal

      She's More To Be Pitied

Coming Apart At Every Nail

October 15th, 2005


Coming Apart At Every Nail

Hats off to Neil Young’s Hawks & Doves.
This song is a blast to play.
I started recording at 10:00 a.m. and I had it done by 5:00 p.m.
If the mix doesn’t suit your fancy, “Oh Well”, that wasn’t the point.

“Red Dirt Road” Buck 50

October 8th, 2005

Recorded on February 11th & 12th, 1996

Hitched A Ride
Anna Lee
Back To The Country
Nevada Ave.

Hitched A Ride was recorded in one take and was supposed to just be a sound check but we ended up using it even though you can hear me knock my guitar neck into the mic stand at the beginning of my solo.

Anna Lee is a great tune with some nice rickety playing. I had a pretty nasty cold during this session and it really shows on my “Danko-esque” backup vocals which were coincidentally recorded live while I was playing steel (not recommended).

Back To The Country was heavily inspired by the sound of Jimmy Buffett’s “Living And Dying In 3/4 Time” album. Most people think the intro is a bad edit when in fact for unknown reasons I decided to start the riff over one more time.

Nevada Ave. is worth a listen just for the train wreck at the end.

Microphone Placement

September 11th, 2005



The never ending quest for the ultimate microphone placement continues.

Little Sadie
Misery Loves Company
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
Early Morning Rain
Don’t This Road Look Rough And Rocky

Farmer Not So John

March 19th, 2005


If you like “Drunk Pedal Steel” check out track three.

Every Street In Nashville

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