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    "I wanted to think you so much for the book and also congratulate you for publishing what I think is a really clever and unique little volume. I'm really intrigued by the approach you've presented. Your book has inspired me to pick up my banjo again and I also could really use the silent sitting in my life right now. Thanks again for such an inspiring book."
    Lawrence Ball - musician

    Pick up your copy locally for $20, please call to arrange pick up day and time . . . 403-287-9969.

    To order by postal mail send cheque or money order in the amount of $25 (U.S. or Cdn funds made payable to Barry Luft) - includes shipping costs - to address below:

    Barry Luft, 52 Deerview Pl. S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2J 5Y3

    Welcome 5-string banjo players to this unique instruction book - The Silent Banjo. How great it is to play the banjo! I believe that the 5-string is one of the true mystical instruments in our world and the presence of the high drone string surely puts it in that category.

    The daily routine contained within these pages lasts about eighteen minutes in total. The exercises are meant to not only get the fingers developing or maintaining their movements in various tunings on your banjo, but to open the door for getting in tune with your inner artist. Hence, there is a major meditative component in each session. In fact, 90% of the time is devoted to this age-old tradition and discipline of silent sitting where you simply sit with eyes closed (or half-closed) and just be still. (Another name for this practice is contemplative sitting.) Your job is to trust this silence as you quiet the outer world and allow your inner essence to bring you artistic growth.

    Admittedly, the kind of instruction given in this work is not the usual fare for banjo lessons and when you go through these pages as a daily routine, you are strongly encouraged to give up being attached to results. Ironically, the more you move away from this attachment, the better a player you will become.

    Now itís time for you and your banjo to launch into an adventure!

    Happy playing,

    Barry Luft
    Banjo Player and Instructor

    For more information and bookings contact Barry Luft: Tel: (403) 287-9969
    Email Barry Luft   write: 52 Deerview Pl. S.E..., Calgary, Alberta T2J 5Y3

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