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Existential Banjo

ENJOY EVERY EPISODE!

Episode 1
Little Pink America
with Corky Siegel &
Sons of the Never Wrong

Episode 2
People Get Ready
with Sue Demel, vocals

Episode 3
MTA (Poor Ol' Charlie)
with Tony Trischka


Episode 4
Suite for Americas:  Dorian
with Nora Barton, cello

Episode 5
Midnight Rider
with Darol Anger. violin

Episode 6
Vincent Black Lightning
@ Chicago City Winery

Episode 7
Hasna ya Layla
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni

Episode 8
Opus 821
with Geraldo de Oliveira

Episode 9
Gaudete & Sleepers Awake
with David Jennings, vibes

Episode 10
Corrina, Corrina
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni 

Episode 11
Dokunmak
with Erkan Ogur
(Concert in Istanbul)

Episode 12
Last Thing On My Mind
with Tom Paxton, songwriter

New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 

 

Two New Hal Leonard books

BOB DYLAN FOR BANJO

 

FIRST 50 SONGS
To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)

 

About Michael J. Miles

 

 A TRUE STORY....

When Pete Seeger first heard Michael Miles, he sent a letter to Michael saying that "in all my 70 years this is among the most beautiful recordings I’ve ever heard...it is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”
 

Michael Miles is one of America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo players. Add guitar, vocals, jazz instruments, orchestras and complex historically-themed theatrical presentations to the mix and, two decades later, Michael has a critically acclaimed catalog of original compositions, stage performances, music CD’s and music instruction books.

Michael's performance credits include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Ravinia Festival, Harris Theatre in Chicago, American University in Beirut, Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Ireland, MIAM Graduate Conservatory of Music in Istanbul,  and the Royal Opera Theatre in Marrakesh.

 

 

 

 

 

Clawhammer Banjo Arrangements 

Michael J. Miles offers free clawhammer banjo tab -- arrangements that Michael has crafted for his own use and is happy to share with other banjo players. This tablature can be downloaded as .pdf files by clicking on the links below.

 

Perfect for those who already know how to play clawhammer banjo and want to broaden and improve their playing skills!

 

For beginning banjo players who want to learn to play clawhammer banjo, we suggest considering purchasing Michael's classic banjo instruction book and CD set, Teach Yourself To Play Clawhammer Banjo!

 

More advanced banjoists may also wish to consider Michael's Counterpoint: Clawhammer Banjo Duets which is the tablature for the music on Michael's groundbreaking debut CD, Counterpoint.


Suite de Schottishes  
This banjo tablature is most suitable for medium to advanced players.   It is a beautiful melody from Brittany, combining French and Celtic influences.  

 

Wachet Auf  
AKA, Sleeper's Awake.  JS Bach's exquisite melody played as it should be, on the banjo!

 

Cherokee Shuffle.  
With 10 measure A section, it is slightly different than the usual.  

 

Goin Down The Road  
This is Americana at is most classic.  Play it fast for bluegrass, or slow for blues.
 

Oh Susanah  
Stephen Foster left his fingerprints all over American music with this one. 

 

 

Fingerstyle Guitar Arrangements

 

Michael J. Miles offers free finger style guitar tab -- arrangements that Michael has crafted for his own use and is happy to share with other guitar players. This guitar tablature can be downloaded as .pdf files by clicking on the links below.
 

Both Sides Now  
This is Joni Mitchell's classic, inspired by Merle Watson.  

 

Crossroads  
This is Robert Johnson's classic, for solo guitar.
   

Layla (piano solo)   
One of the most enduring melodies of rock and roll, the piano solo from the middle of Layla.

 

Just A Closer Walk With Thee
One of the most beautiful of all gospel songs.  

 

Do You Know What It Means
To Miss New Orleans

Because American music owes a grand debt to the heart of New Orleans.  

 

 

Guitar Ensembles

Michael J. Miles offers a sampling of the guitar ensemble arrangements in his newest book. These musical transcriptions can be downloaded as .pdf files by clicking on the links below. The files can be heard and downloaded on the Guitar Ensembles page. Tablature will be available for all the parts in this soon-to-be-released book. 

Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho 

Sheebeg Agus Sheemore

Bill Bailey