Paramount Method for Tenor Banjo, by Wm. Foden (1922)

Free pdf: Foden’s Method

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William Foden was mostly famed for his guitar and mandolin playing, and is rarely mentioned in banjo circles. Yet this is a fine tutor book, worth study. He does like his tremolo, and was acclaimed for the practice by mandolin players. I have to admit to not at all liking tremolo, which is problematic as there are many compositions in the early tenor repertoire that feature it. But I will do it if it is brief, avoiding those pieces that really heavily on it. My tremolo technique could be a lot better, but I find it difficult to commit to practising it.