|Lesson Arrangements With DVDs and Some CDs.
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|Every time I've worked up an arrangement that I use in my performances I've
written the whole score out and recorded it. These arrangements are written on the
staff, melody only, with the chord name and diagram above each note change with
an indication how that note is to be played. Included with each arrangement is an
audio or video cassette, or a DVD where the tune is first played up to tempo and
then each measure or group of measures is analyzed and played slowly so that the
student can tell exactly what's going on.
Each arrangement should be thought of as a comprehensive lesson because in each
case interesting and valuable techniques are thoroughly explored and explained.
Many of the arrangements have advanced techniques in them. Don't let this scare
you off! Because in most instances I provide alternate techniques that are easier to
The DVDs are available in both the NTSC format (American style) and the PAL
"Region Free" style. PAL is primarily for Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Take a look at the sample pages of "Fiddler On The Roof" below the index.
|A DVD after the title means, available in DVD; a CD means, only available in CD. The number (1)
means the arrangement is suitable for a student working on Program #1. A (2) means it is suitable for a
student working on Program #2. A (3) means it is suitable for a student working on Program #3.
|ALABAMA TRAIN MED. #66 DVD
(2-3) Alabama Jubilee and Alabama
Bound combined with some authentic
banjo produced train sounds with a
ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND #2
(2-3) DVD includes the verse. A
snappy syncopated arrangement.
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE #51 V
(2-3) A wonderful standard with great
chords and inside harmonies. A slow
and double time chorus.
ALL OUR FRIENDS #59 DVD (2-3)
a great George M. Cohen tune. You'll
accompany yourself and also play the
melody. Makes a great finale.
AMAZING GRACE #8 DVD (2-3)
Beautiful melody, nice inside harmony
and key change.
AVALON / AT SUNDOWN MED.
#54 DVD (1-3) Peabody inspired med.
AVE MARIA #72 CD (3) A very
moving piece and wonderful practice
in the 4 vibration tremolo and 6/8 time..
BILL BAILEY #40 DVD (2-3) Good
rouser, three choruses with interesting
change of pace.
BRAZIL #78 CD (3) Lively Latin
beat. Two choruses with a dramatic
BYE BYE BLUES #12 DVD (3)
Typical fast closer, nice syncopated
CABARET #9 DVD (3) Key and tem-
po changes, nice syncopated strokes.
CHEROKEE #11 CD (3) Pretty inside
harmony, big finish
CHINA NIGHTS #79 CD (2-3)
A real Chinese sounding song with lots
of single string technique mixed with
STRUTTERS BALL, AFTER
YOU'VE GONE #26 DVD (1-3) You'll
have fun with these standards.
CHLOE #33 CD (2-3) Made popular
by Spike Jones band. Wait till you
hear these beautiful chords and inside
CHOPIN #52 DVD (1-3) Excerpt
from Etude #3 Opus #10
DANNY BOY #69 CD (2-3) It always
gets a big hand and a few tears.
DARDANELLA #77 CD (2-3)
Written in the late 1800s. This one
brings back lots of memories to the
DOLL DANCE #37 DVD (3) Novelty
song like Nola, inspired by Eddie
DUELING BANJOS #68 DVD (2-3)
Some hammering on and pulling off.
EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE, HELLO
DOLLY, SOME OF THESE DAYS
#1 DVD (1-2) You'll have fun with
EXCERPTS FROM CARMEN #65
DVD (2-3) This will put a little
sophistication in your act! This
arrangement is on my CD.
FIDDLER MEDLEY 1 #60 DVD
(2-3) If I Were A Rich Man, Far From
The Home I Love and To Life. Single
string and chord techniques.
FIDDLER MEDLEY 2 #61 DVD(2-3)
Fiddler On The Roof, Sunrise Sunset,
Cossack Dance, Sabbath Prayer and
Matchmaker. Has lots of single string
and chord techniques.
FLAPPER MEDLEY #74 CD (2-3)
Any-thing Goes, Charleston and
Varsity Drag. Typical '20s synco-
pations that the Flappers danced to.
|FOUR LEAF CLOVER MED. #58
DVD (1-3) Baby Face, If You Knew
Susie and Four Leaf Clover. A
rousing arrangement with key and
tempo changes like Eddie played it.
GRANADA #34 DVD (2-3) exciting
GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK #3 CD
(1-3) novelty. Audiences remember
this one the most. Cassette only, no
HEARTACHES #14 DVD (3) tempo
and key changes, pretty inside
HELLO SUNSHINE #62 DVD (2-3)
flashy Al Jolson style song.
HOLIDAY FOR STRINGS #57 DVD
(3) A great challenge with great
chords and some single string piking.
HOME #35 CD (1-3) a pretty melody
JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR #67
DVD (2-3) An exciting medley
starting and ending with the theme,
Everything's Alright, I Don't Know
How To Love Him and Herod's Tune.
LADY'S MEDLEY #29 CD (1-3) A
Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody, I Love
You and I'll See You In My Dreams.
LIDA ROSE AND DREAM OF
LOVE #46 DVD (1-3) These two
tunes can be played as a duet. With
this lesson you'll have this capability
LIEBESTRAUM #42 DVD (1-3)
Three different arrangements for all
levels. Good lesson on duo-banjo
LINGER A WHILE #53 DVD (1-3)
Four Peabody inspired choruses.
LIZA #27 CD (3) One of my
favorites! Much like the way I
recorded it on my CD.
LOVER COME BACK TO ME #17
DVD (3)A nice arrangement with
some famous Peabody strokes.
LOVE STORY THEME #28 CD (2-3)
teaches inside string picking.
ME AND MY SHADOW #49 DVD
(2-3) Peabody arrangement. It's got a
lot of his strokes.
MEMORY from "CATS" #48 DVD
(2-3) a good lesson in 6/8 time.
MISTER SANDMAN #13 CD (2-3)
nice number with interesting strokes.
MY HONEY'S LOVIN' ARMS #38
DVD (3) Great Dixie tune!
MOONLIGHT SONATA #75 DATA
CD (3) 63 separate teaching tracks.
Also, the dialog tracks are separated
from the music tracks. Wonderful
duo-banjo technique practice!!!
NOLA #50 DVD (1-3) has all four
parts, great way to learn single string
OH SUSANNA, FOUR LEAF
CLOVER, TAKE ME OUT TO THE
BALLGAME #5 DVD (1-2)
OKLAHOMA MEDLEY #32 DVD(3)
Five songs from this great musical.
This is a wonderful lesson with lots of
techniques and key changes.
OLD MAN RIVER #7 DVD (3)
Pretty inside melody.
OLIVER MEDLEY #73 CD (3) Three
pretty tunes from the musical. Nice
PATHETIQUE SONATA #24 CD (3)
The theme from Beethoven's
Pathetique Sonata. Practice your
duo-technique with this well known
PHANTOM MEDLEY #70 DVD (3)
Phantom Of The Opera. Lots of
tremolo and duo-banjo technique.
RHAPSODY IN BLUE #39 DVD
(2-3) Show stopper! A five minute
condensation of most of the themes.
ROBERT E. LEE #4 DVD (3) Typical
show number, fast and snappy with
|SALUTE TO AMERICA #30 DVD
(2-3) Dixie, Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Grand Old Flag, America The
Beautiful. Great closer!
SAN FRANCISCO MEDLEY #41
DVD (2-3) San Francisco, Toot
Toot Tootsie, California Here I
SEVENTY SIX TROMBONES #76
A (2-3) Add this number to "Lida
Rose" and "Dream of Love" #46 for
a "Music Man" medley. I play the
whole medley at the end of this
SING SONG GIRL #36 CD (2-3)
based on Eddie Peabody
SLEEPY TIME GAL #6 DVD (1-3)
SMILE MEDLEY #31 DVD (1-3)
Keep Your Sunny Side Up, When
You're Smiling, When My Baby
Smiles At Me, and Smile Darn Ye
SOME OF THESE DAYS #21 CD
(2-3) interesting syncopations
SOMEWHERE MY LOVE #56 VA
(1-3) Good tremolo practice. This
is a great favorite from the movie
STRIKE UP THE BAND #20 DVD
(2-3) Peabody arrangement
STARDUST / NOBODY'S
SWEETHEART NOW MEDLEY
#18 DVD (2-3) Peabody
STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
#15 DVD (2-3) All the parts. Just
like the marching bands!
STEPHEN FOSTER MEDLEY #16
CD (2-3) Nice chords, harmonies
ST. LOUIS BLUES #10 DVD (3)
reminiscent of Eddy Peabody
STUDENT PRINCE MEDLEY #45
DVD (2-3) Golden Days, Deep In
My Heart Dear, Marching Song,
Serenade, Drinking Song
SWANNEE / HUMORESQUE #55
DVD (2-3) This is a technique
where you play both these songs at
the same time.
SWEET GEORGIA BROWN #69
DVD (2-3) jazzy arrangement
SWEET SUE #44 DVD (2-3) This
is a note for note Eddie Peabody
arrangement. This was his
THE ENTERTAINER #25 DVD
(2-3) This is a Tim Allen
arrangement I adapted to the
THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE
#80 CD (2-3) A slow, pretty
melody with lots of tremolos and
single string technique.
THE SHEIK OF ARABY #22 CD
(2-3) A fast, snappy arrangement
THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR
THE SUNRISE #63 DVD (2-3)
typical banjo show number
TIGER RAG #43 DVD (3) A
rousing arrangement, even has the
TWELFTH STREET RAG #19
DVD (2-3) a study in key and
UNDER THE DOUBLE EAGLE
#47 DVD (2-3) Exiting march
WHEN THE SAINTS GO
MARCHING IN #64 DVD (2-3) in
minor and major keys. Some nice
YOURS (QUIEREME MUCHO)
#71 CD (2-3) latin beat. Peabody