Forget teaching birds to talk, or any of that. Let's learn to play the banjo instead. Of course, I said recently that you couldn't learn to play the guitar from a 45 rpm record, so why then would a longer format work for a more difficult instrument? I'd say the same applies, and it's equally as futile to try and tune a banjo to a record as it is a guitar. As this record was in basically unplayed condition, I'd assume nobody tried it.
Once again, a book is meant to accompany this recording, but in this case, it was sold separately. You will just have to enjoy learning from Scruggs' dulcet, Huckleberry Hound-like tones, which, being born in the American South, convey a sense of friendliness, to me at least.
He does cover a lot of ground on this one, as the back cover shows, and if you've ever messed with a banjo, you know it's a bit overwhelming. Why anybody invented an instrument with a round body--which slides off your lap as you are trying to play it--I will never understand (probably some sort of sciencey reason). Good luck!
LINK: Earl Scruggs (don't we need an apostrophe here?) 5 (don't we need a hyphen here?) String Banjo Instruction Album (Poer International Corp., ES BIA-1, 1967)