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 third section, Tony will teach you an alternate chorus. Songs such as this that have been handed down for many years and performed by hundreds of artists, often have many variations and this is one of them.
- The way you've learned John Hardy is…by basically staying on G for the chorus.…♫ See John Hardy gettin' away on me ♫…♫ See John Hardy gettin' away ♫…That's the way the Carter family did it…and I like that an awful lot,…because it gives you a chance to do that…choke on the slide.…("John Hardy")…And I like it also because I've been playing…the other John Hardy for so many years…that it's nice to get a different approach to it.…But the way undoubtedly every other person…that you'll run into in the bluegrass world…will approach it is by playing a D chord on the chorus.…
And it will sound something like this.…I'll play the whole John Hardy…the way we've learned the A part…and then I'll throw in an alternate B part.…("John Hardy")…So with this new D chord,…(banjo music)…It's an extended D and it's like one...…
(banjo music) Two, three.…(banjo music) Four, five, six.…Six measures of D and then you go back to G.…So let me play the B part of this chorus section,…with the D chord one more time.…("John Hardy")…When we talked about the D chord earlier,…
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- 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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