In this lesson Tony teaches three of the most commonly used chords in Bluegrass tunes and the best ways to finger them. A chord is created when you strum multiple strings or pick more than one string together and G, C and D7 form a 1-4-5 pattern, the most standard song form in Bluegrass music.
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- Alright, well we were pretty much focused…on just melody with that last lesson.…Now what we're gonna do, is start introducing…the idea of chords.…Now a chord is created when you strum…more than just one string.…Or pick just more than one string.…When you just strum the banjo like that,…that's a G chord.…It's really handy,…in this bluegrass tuning that we're using here.…Anyone can pick-up a banjo and be playing…a chord right off the bat.…
Okay, now the next chord I wanna tell you about…is the D seventh chord.…And you're just gonna use your middle…and index finger for that.…It's just two notes.…And in the middle of this G chord,…you're gonna add the index on the first fret…of the second string, right there.…And the middle goes on the second fret of the third string.…Third string, second fret.…And what you wanna do when you're fingering the chord,…you wanna be up close to the fret.…This is the fret here.…You don't wanna be back here.…
Because, if you're back here, or back here,…you may buzz a little bit.…You wanna be up close, this way,…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Holding the banjo
- Tuning a banjo
- Positioning the right and left hands
- Reading tablature
- Finger picking
- Thumb rolling
- Practicing rolls and chords
- Playing classic bluegrass tunes
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Hand Position and First Songs
3. Picking Techniques
Finger picks2m 27s
4. Rolls and Practice
5. Basic Bluegrass Tunes
ArtistWorks and Next Steps1m 15s
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