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 fourth section, Tony will teach you how to play backup on this tune if playing with other musicians. Often the melody line in a Bluegrass song is played by a specific instrument and in cases where it's not the banjo, Tony gives you his ideas on what you can play to be a great sounding backup player.
- I want to do the full royal treatment on John Hardy,…and do all sorts of different things to it.…Let's talk about the backup for John Hardy right now.…The easiest thing you can do is just use your F position...…(banjo chords)…Chords, starting on C, since the tune starts on C.…It's not a bad idea with any tune that you're learning,…and I'm not going to have backup for every single tune,…in our lessons here, but, any time you learn a tune,…figure out what the chords are, don't just play the tune,…because as we were talking about with the D chord,…sometimes you'll just be holding one note of the chord,…and it may not occur to you that that's a D chord,…but, really check out the chords,…and maybe just do simple backup through it...…
A number of times, just so you get…the sense of what the chords are.…So for John Hardy, we start on C.…(snippet of banjo music)…As I mentioned earlier...…(snippet of banjo music)…When I'm doing this, I'll lift off my ring fingers.…I'm sorry, lifting off the whole hand.…The ring and the pinky here.…
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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