At Glowfly Press LLC, we believe music reference materials should be beautiful. So much of what's out there is about as fun to look at as a statistics textbook. Inconceivable! Learning to play music is one of the most awesome things you can do, so we're creating worthy reference materials to help you on that quest.

These are all free for personal use. We just ask that you not resell or redistribute them. You'll need to set up a free user account to access these files. All our downloads are in .pdf format, so if you haven't already, you may need to install a PDF reader such as Adobe's Acrobat Reader.


Scales and Modes E-Book

[  Go to Banjo Downloads Page ]Banjo Scales and Modes

Nine out of ten banjo teachers agree that learning to play scales will help you become a better banjo player. Yes, that is a made-up statistic, but learning scales has undeniable benefits for every musician.

First, playing scales will encourage finger dexterity, which makes playing everything else easier. You will begin building muscle memory for common shapes and patterns that show up in all kinds of songs.

Banjo Major Scale

Second, mastering scales will help you learn to solo. Hearing scales trains your brain to recognize harmony and understand what notes sound good together and why. Finally, scales are the true foundation for learning more advanced music theory. They are the building blocks of pretty much every bit of music we hear.

Our free e-book "Selected Scales and Modes for Banjo" contains two moveable patterns to help you learn to play six essential scales anywhere on your banjo's neck. We've included:

  • Major Scale
  • Natural Minor Scale (Aeolian Mode)
  • Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Minor Blues Scale
  • Dorian Mode
  • Mixolydian Mode

Start anywhere on the fretboard and follow the pattern. Our big, beautiful, easy-to-read diagrams have color-coded dots to demonstrate suggested fingering. They also have clearly marked root notes so you can see where the scale would typically begin and end.

Yes, there are many more scales and more patterns you can learn, but this e-book will get you started with the basics as painlessly as possible.

Fretboard Diagram

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Banjo Fretboard Diagram

Learning where to find the notes on your fretboard is fundamental. Download our beautiful, color coded diagrams for study or quick reference. You can choose a portrait-layout diagram, which features a vertical fretboard diagram, or a landscape-layout diagram with a horizontal fretboard diagram. Or take both...they're free.

Banjo Fretboard Diagram - Landscape

We've mapped out all the notes on frets 1-20 for banjos using standard tuning (G-D-B-G-D). We think you'll find our fretboard diagram to be useful whether you are trying to figure out how to play a riff or melody, or if you are learning the root notes for your scales and modes.


Circle of Fifths

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Circle of Fifths

People generally only keep stuff around if it’s useful, and believe it or not, the circle of fifths has been in musician’s toolboxes since the late 1600s. Why have we been staring at this thing for well over 300 years? Well, it’s an extremely efficient way to visually present a ton of useful information. Our circle has all the usual bits and pieces, but with better fonts and colors, if we may be so bold. The main upgrade here is page 2, which contains graphical descriptions of 7 of the most common uses for the legendary circle.

Notes in Chords

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Notes in ChordsWhat makes a B flat Diminished a B flat diminished? The notes it contains, of course. How do you know what those notes are? Let's delve into some deep music theory. No? Another idea: just look them up in our reference table. We've documented the notes that make up 12 of the most frequently used chords in all 12 key signatures. For the record, that's Major, Minor, Dominant 7, Major 7, Minor, Minor 7, Minor 6, Diminished, Augmented, 6ths, 9ths, Suspended 2s, and Suspended 4s. This two page document has 144 unique note combinations for your chord reference needs. Enjoy!