Exercises and Pieces from

Mel Bay’s Banjo Method
C-Tuning – Concert Style
by Frank Bradbury


The book by Frank Bradbury is the only currently-published tutor for the classic-banjo style. Bradbury was one of the leading classic and plectrum banjo performers of the 20th century. It should be available from any music store which carries Mel Bay publications, such as Eagle Music in England and Mel Bay in the USA.

Many students find the lack of TAB in the book a real drawback, likewise the absence of an accompanying CD of recorded performances. Well, although I do use TAB, I – like most classic-banjo players – do not depend on it, and Bradbury’s book is a great way in to learning to read banjo music in standard notation. I do think, though, that hearing the exercises and tunes can help beginners tremendously, so I present below a random selection of mp3 files.

Any questions or comments, please contact me robmackillopATgmailDOTcom

Now, purchase the book and get to work!

The following include exercises not available above.

Page 10 Ex.1
Page 10 Ex.2
Page 10 Ex.3
Page 11 Ex.4
Page 12 Ex.5
Page 12 Ex.6
Page 14 Accompaniment Style Chords
Page 14 C Major Scale
Page 14 Three String Chords
Page 16 Study Using 16th Notes
Page 20 Exercise in Thirds
Page 21 Continued Bar Position
Page 28 Exercise
Page 31 Continued Right Hand Practice
Page 31 Golden Slippers
Page 33 The 7th Position
Page 48 Blue Tail Fly
Page 48 Blue Tail Fly Accompaniment
Page 75 Etude in Dm
Page 80 Examples of Syncopation