(Printed) Classic Banjo Music Collection

I've collected old printed music for the 5 string banjo, in a style we now call "Classic Banjo". The first acquisition that I made was this:

  • Lansing's Practical Banjo Instructor Thorough and Complete - 1889
  • Most of the classic banjo study I've done has been out of this volume.
    [I have a number of nicely bound photocopies of this volume if anyone is interested, drop me a note.]




    Other items in my collection include (I'm not including any contemporary items in this list):

    Tutors/Instruction Manuals/Folios:
  • Dobson's Universal Banjo Instructor - 1882
  • Goldby & Shepard's Progressive Studies for the Banjo #9 and #10 - 1888
  • Winner's Eureka Method for the Banjo - (I actually have two copies of one printing, and one copy from another printing!) - 1892
  • Choice Banjo Duets Arranged and Composed by George Barker - music 1893/published 1910
  • Banjo Studies by Grant Brower - Part 1, Part 2 - 1894
  • White's Excelsior Method for the Banjo (also have same for Violin, and Guitar) - 1894
  • The Whitmark Banjo Folio No. 1 - arranged by G. L. Lansing - 1897
  • Superb Banjo Solos George Barker, G.L. Lansing, Walter Jacobs, George Dobson, etc. - Celebrated Music Books - 1900
  • National Self Teacher for Banjo - 1901
  • Whitney Warner No. 9 Mandolin and Guitar Collection (Banjo edition) - Arranged by Tocoben - 1911
  • Weidt's Elementary Studies for Banjo Book 1 (of 5) - 1913
  • Carl Fischer's New and Revised Edition of Celebrated Tutors - Banjo - 1916?
  • Wm. C. Stahl'sInternational Banjo Method (C Notation) - 1916
  • Chords for the Banjo in C Notation And How To Play Them - Wm. Foden - 1919
  • The New EZ Method for Banjo Self Instruction and Teachers Use - 1922
  • Guckert's Chords for the Banjo (In C Notation) At Sight Without Notes or Teacher - 1919
  • EEasyZ Method How To Play The Banjo C. Notation - 1926
  • Ellis's Thorough School For The Five Stringed Banjo - with a full sized pull out diagram of a banjo - signed! - 1927


  • Single Tunes:
  • The Great American March Blaze Away - Holzman - as performed by Sousa - w/second banjo and piano - 1901
  • Starlight Waltz - Solo for Banjo w/second banjo & pianoforte - Turner's Banjo Budget #50 - no date
  • Ellis' Barn Dance - Solo for Banjo w/second banjo & pianoforte - Turner's Banjo Budget #236 - no date
  • The White Coons Polka March - Solo for Banjo w/second banjo & pianoforte - Turner's Banjo Budget #684 - no date
  • The Columbian March - Solo for Banjo w/second banjo & pianoforte - The White Coon Banjo Team - Turner's Banjo Budget #691 - no date
  • Romping Rossie - Solo for Banjo w/second banjo & pianoforte - Turner's Banjo Budget #771 - no date
  • Light Of Foot March - Solo for Banjo w/second banjo & pianoforte - Turner's Banjo Budget #778 - no date
  • Honolulu Cake Walk - Banjo Solo w/second banjo & piano - Vess Ossman - Clifford Essex pub. - no date
  • The Darkies Dream - Lansing - 1891
  • Ethiopian Oddity - Gatcomb - 1897
  • A Southern Mosaic - Banjo Solo w/piano - Lansing - no date
  • Wm A Huntley's Let Her Go Galop - w/Second Banjo - no date
  • Selection from Rhapsodie Hongroise Arranged as a banjo solo w/second banjo & pianoforte - Dallas Artistic Banjoist #317 - no date
  • Sailors Don't Care by Emile Grimshaw - Banjo (finger style) - w/second banjo & pianoforte - Clifford Essex pub. no date
  • Spic and Spanish by Emile Grimshaw - Banjo (plectrum or finger style) - w/second banjo - no date
  • Lancashire Clogs by Emile Grimshaw - Solo Banjo - w/second banjo - Clifford Essex pub. - no date
  • Cocoanut Dance - As played with great success by Vess Ossman, Ruby Brooks, and Fred Van Epps. - no date
  • The Darkey's Awkening - w/Second Banjo - Lansing and Shattuck - Gatcomb pub. 1887


  • Eventually I'd like to list all of the tunes and songs that can be found in the above folios, and even include some recordings of myself playing selections. I'd like to scan in some of the more interesting covers as well.

    I have an extensive collection of Vess Ossman Recordings and some Vess Ossman memorbilia that I intend to post to the web someday too.

    Thanks for visiting this work in progress!