Bluegrass is a very jam-centric genre and for many banjo players learning this style of playing, the intent is to take their skills into a jam setting to play with other musicians. There are certain unwritten rules, dynamics and guidelines that will help you achieve the success you desire in group playing situations. Tony will help you understand how this all works to give you the edge in a group setting.
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- Now take this one step further,…rather than just letting it ring out,…a very common thing…is to let the pressure of the strings…lift your fingers up so it's damped.…So you don't get the full ring,…you just get…that kind of sound.…And it gives you a nice percussive sound,…and you can have as much or as little…of the chord as you want.…You can just let go really quickly,…and just get like a blip sound.…Or you can let some of the chord ring…so you can hear that G…or C.…
Again, it's kind of a separation of notes,…instead of going,…you're going,…(banjo picking)…So, let's do Boil Them Cabbage Down…with these chords again, but now…damping those first three strings.…And again, if you wanna just hit…the first two strings instead…of the first three strings, that's fine too.…So it's, C,…G,…D,…G,…C,…G, D, G.…
Now you may notice that as I hit the chord,…I let go of the head.…After playing for 45 or 46 years,…just a few months ago I noticed…on an old video of Flat and Scruggs…playing from 1960,…and there are some DVDs of them…playing from that time, some old television shows…
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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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