This series of lesson on the tune "John Hardy" will explore many ways to analyze a tune and break it down so you can customize and focus on individual pieces. In this second section, Tony will teach a variety of tag endings which are also licks that you can apply to other songs you are playing or working on.
- So, let me talk about another thing that's…in this arrangement, and that's the very ending.…Which is this.…Sorry.…(banjo music)…That's the "tag ending lick",…and if you listen to much Bluegrass,…you've probably heard that 8,000 times, at least.…'Cause it's just sort of the go-to ending.…(plays tag ending lick)…You just hear that so many times.…And there are a number of different ways of doing that,…but it's time that you learned that,…'cause it just gives you another foot up…on getting that authentic, Scruggsy sound.…
So, let's just start…by playing the lick without the left hand at all,…just the right hand.…(slow banjo picking)…And one thing this lick does,…you're going forward, and then you go backward…without hitting the fifth string again.…'Cause I've found through experience that a lot of people…when they get to the end of the forward roll,…here, fifth, third, first,…they just want to go to the fifth string again,…there's some... it's in the DNA for some reason,…the genetic makeup of a banjo player,…is wanting to go to the fifth string…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Separating notes
- Playing with others
- Using the capo
- Playing hammer-ons and pull-offs
- Playing variations on classic tunes
- Minding your posture
- Training your ear
- Building speed
Skill Level Beginner
1. Playing with Others
2. Basic Embellishments
3. Variations on Basic Tunes
4. Posture and Ear Training
5. Playing Up the Neck and Building Speed
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