The Swinging Solos of Elmer Snowden

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Transcriptions of Elmer Snowden’s Jazz Solos From His Harlem Banjo! Album

  • For Banjo, Guitar & Mandolin
  • All solos written twice:
    - in Elmer Snowden’s G Tuning
    - in Standard C Tuning
  • Includes historical info & photos


  1. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
  2. Doin’ The New Lowdown
  3. Runnin’ Wild
  4. Diga Diga Doo
  5. Them There Eyes
  6. Tishomingo Blues
  7. C-Jam Blues
  8. Sweet Georgia Brown
  9. Alabamy Bound
  10. Twelfth Street Rag
  11. Bugle Call Rag
  12. Dear Old Southland


  • "A valuable addition to the trad jazz/banjo/guitar literature!"
    — HOWARD ALDEN, Jazz Guitarist & Banjoist

  • "I knew about Elmer Snowden. But now, I know a lot more about Elmer Snowden. I'm going to learn every solo in this book. Thank you, Cynthia!"
  • — DON VAPPIE, Jazz Banjoist

    • "In writing this book Cynthia Sayer has filled two glaring gaps that have existed for a long time: she has brought Elmer Snowden's great playing and musicality to the fore and directly addressed the absence of publications which speak to playing the banjo as a swing instrument. She's done a great job in putting together these transcriptions of his solos and includes them in both Snowden's low G tuning (tenor tuned down a fourth) and the standard tenor C tuning. Banjo being one of the instruments in the early days of jazz enseembles, those of you who want to know what a banjoist showld be doing when playing the music of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller Frankie Newton, Beny Carter, Bessie Smith et al., need to check out Elmer Snowden."
      — JAMES CHIRILLO, Jazz Guitarist & Banjoist, Guitar Faculty at the Juilliard School