From One Instrument to the
Last month in the
lesson, I showed how to play Blackberry Blossom on the guitar.
Though it is the same song as the one that I am about to show,
there are things that are different. If you will notice
in most songs, the mandolin will play a lead a little
different than the guitar, and the guitar will play it a
little different than the banjo and so on. One benefit
to this is that the song will not sound so repetitive.
The real reason is that all of the instruments are tuned
The notes seem to fall in place as you play
the guitar as in last month's lesson. If you were to try
to play the same notes on the banjo, you would pull your hair
out and forget it all together. The strings just don't
line up, and the notes are too hard to find. This is when
you need to look for an improvisation
"so to speak" that will sound like the song that you
In the section below, you will see that the
arrangement is set to be easy to play while being totally
different than the guitar style. When the songs are
played up to speed and the rhythm is the same, the listener
will understand everything that they need to. Next month I
will show how to play this song on the mandolin, so watch for
the changing patterns there as well.
The picture below shows how to
play the first section of Blackberry Blossom on the
banjo. In the last to drawings, the notes get
tricky. There is a pull off from 31 to 32. 24 and
25 will hit at the same time. It is hard to explain so I
hope it falls into place naturally. Hear my Example.
can use the "Transcribe!" program to slow it down.