Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus! (Book & CD Set)

(11 customer reviews)


This is the spiral bound book/CD set. Click here for eBook.


NOW AVAILABLE: Companion to Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus, a friendly workbook to help you learn from this book, Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus. You can buy the books separately, or save when you buy them as a set.

CLICK HERE to purchase Companion to Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus ($22.95)

CLICK HERE to purchase Companion to Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus and Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus as a set ($39.95)



Beginning banjo lessons have never been more fun. Wayne Erbsen’s book is for the absolute beginner. Includes instructional audio CD with an amazing 99 tracks!  This FUN book is guaranteed to help you learn to play bluegrass banjo. (How many books come with a personal guarantee by the author?)

· Teaches the plain, naked melody to 23 easy bluegrass favorites without the rolls already incorporated into the tune.
· Wayne shows simple ways to embellish each melody using easy rolls.
· With Wayne’s unique method, you’ll learn to think for yourself!
· Learn how to play a song in different ways, rather than memorizing ONE way.
· Includes an audio instructional CD with 99 tracks!
· 9″ x 12″, 64 pages, newly updated with coil binding!

You WILL learn to play: Bile ‘Em Cabbage Down, Blue Ridge Mountain Blues, Columbus Stockade Blues, Down the Road, Groundhog, Little Maggie, Long Journey Home, Lynchburg Town, Man of Constant Sorrow, My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains, Nine Pound Hammer, Palms of Victory, Pass Me Not, Poor Ellen Smith, Pretty Polly, Put My Little Shoes Away, Red River Valley, Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Shall We Gather at the River, Wabash Cannonball, When I Lay My Burden Down, When the Saints Go Marching In.

We’re proud to say that Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus! is one of the very best-selling banjo books in America. Still not convinced this is the book for you? Give Wayne a call at (828) 299-7031 and talk with Wayne personally!

News Flash! Wayne just finished writing Companion to Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus. It has exercises to help you better understand rolls, how to choose the right chords, add runs and develop your ear. Purchase it HERE.
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Weight .875 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 11.5 × .75 in

11 reviews for Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus! (Book & CD Set)

  1. Ryan Costello

    Best damn banjo book I’ve ever read!

  2. M. Valdez

    I have both Ignoramus books for banjo and another book from a different author and yours is by far the only one that has taught me how to play the banjo. I have had the banjo for 2 years before I bought your books and never had much luck in learning how to play until I purchased yours. Now I play every night. Thanks for helping us ignoramuses with the joy of making music.

  3. Jason, Las Vegas, NV

    I wanted to let you know that the Bluegrass Ignoramus book is a work of pure genius. I’ve never had as much fun learning an instrument as I have with your book. The “skeleton plus licks” is the perfect way to learn. The history of the songs is very interesting. Thanks for your work!

  4. Bob Hall, an aspiring ignoramus

    I just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed Bluegrass Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus and now Clawhammer Banjo for the Complete Ignoramus. I’m not a complete ignoramus, but my wife thinks I have the potential to get there. With your books, I’m amazed how quickly I picked up the banjo. I love learning the songs and the history behind them.

    Thanks so much for helping me rediscover my love for the banjo. I would totally recommend your books to anyone. It really works.

  5. lukas rasmussen

    this book is the best one out there. i have no musical background and just loved bluegrass, but as a 13 year old, my friends did not get my love for the happy music. for my 14 th birthday my mon gve me your book, and after two weeks now, i cant play a single song, but i understand everything in the book, and the only reason i cant play now is because i broke the 4 th string when i tuned it while arguing with my mom. thanks mr, erbsen

  6. Thomas Celvi

    This book is absolutely fantastic…I really mean that. I had not played an instrument for 20 years (and never any strings), but with this book I have made substantial progress over the course of only a few weeks.

    Wayne breaks down the information so that any novice can pick up a Banjo and go. Plus, his hospitality and humor shine right through.

    My confidence is sky high with this book…I can’t put my Banjo (or this book) down!

  7. Matthew Lennartz

    I am a musician of many years playing nine different instruments. Now, I look forward to a bluegrass world through Wayne’s book.
    I exchanged emails with Wayne today. He is incredibly courteous and an obvious expert in this field.
    I look forward to humble beginnings toward, perhaps, greater musicianship.

  8. Dwight Bennett

    Just starting playing the banjo and thanks to you it has been a very enjoyable experience your book explains everything completely and very easy to learn would highly recommend this book it is excellent I am getting better every day and truly enjoy playing my wife dissent even cover hear ears anymore!

  9. joncosper69

    I just wanted to say that this book is by far one of the best ways to learn banjo. I can read tab, and have been playing on and off for 35 years now. I have joined a jam class and I am learning from my original banjo teacher from all those years ago. He wants me to close the book and play by ear, and could not grasp the idea till I got this book. The bare bones melody method is key to jamming. I have just ordered the Jamming book, and look to further my jamming skills between these two books and my old instructor. Thanks for a great product!!!

  10. Max

    Easy to follow. It made learning banjo a smooth and joyful experience

  11. Briana

    I have to say that this book has been an absolute blessing for me. I have had my banjo for about a year. I plinked away at it with YouTube videos and some other banjo books but just couldn’t seem to grasp the idea. Saw someone online recommending this book. I cannot praise it enough. It breaks the song down so you start out with the bare skeleton melody. Then you slowly start adding to it (and he also breaks these steps down in a very easy to understand way) as you play through the book. You can continue to add more to the songs as your level of comfort and skill improve. I play every single night now and actually look forward to it. Thank you so much, Mr. Erbsen.

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