in the Park"
Fork River Regional Recreation Park. This event is hosted by
the Hickory Parks and Recreation Department
the help of Warren Yates of Leisure Unlimited, Inc.
Can't Seem to Find the Time to Practice
many times have we all said that? I am the worlds
worst. You are tired from a days work, you get home only to
start the next set of chores. The next thing you know, it is
time for bed. The next morning rolls around and the same old
rat race begins. That is the story of my life. Where
is there time for my practicing? I love my instrument and
playing it, but I just can't get it done. Does this sound
truth is, when you are dead and gone, your work will still be here
and who will be doing it then? We all want a neat clean home
with our instruments tucked away protected in their cases....
BINGO, there is the problem. We don't practice because
having to get the case out, open it up and knowing that we have to
put it all back up is really one more job that we would rather not
all want our instruments to be protected, but an instrument not
played, is a shame. I have found that if I leave my
instrument out where I can see it, I tend to pick it up in
passing and play a short tune. The next thing you know, I can't
put it down and I have had a good practice. Then my mind is set
on finding a jam session to go to.
see, we work on what is on our minds, so put your instrument in
view (out of its case) and you will have it on your mind. As
a matter of fact, I can see my banjo from here. Hmmmmmmm, I think I'll pick a tune!
This Banjo Stuff to Work
this roll, then that roll, and this chord, and practice. How
many times have you heard that? If you have just started to
pick up the banjo, you will likely put it back down after trying
all of that. When you see someone playing with so much ease
and it does not make sense to you, it can be very discouraging.
In this lesson, I would like to show you how to play the banjo in
a few simple steps. You will need to go back and learn to
use the Scruggs roll here in
order to work this exercise.
the video, I have a capo on the fifth fret in order to have the
banjo show up bigger in the picture. Though you will be
playing in C, you will use the G chord position. The chords
that go with it are C and D7 positions. I always look at
chords in their root form. In other words, a G chord is a G
chord no matter what fret my capo is on. It is just easier
to understand that way. If my capo is on the umpteenth fret
and I am seeing a G, then I know where to go for the next
chord. There is an in-depth science about chords that you
can learn and understand, but I would rather pick.
is how I want to explain to you the easy steps of picking.
Pick the song out on one string at a time.
Learn to hold the chord as much as possible while picking out the
melody on one string at a time.
With your thumb and pointer finger, pinch two notes for each melody
note as much as possible.
Allow your first or middle finger to lift and pick on a string between melody
notes occasionally. This is just to fill some empty spots
and to give your song a little bounce.
After learning the Scruggs roll, play what you have so far and
look for a dead spot big enough the put one round of the Scruggs
roll in. Do this every spot that you find.
Try to roll the Scruggs roll continuously while playing the melody
and picking out the notes at the same time.
will have to stop using the Scruggs roll long enough to pick the
melody notes, but that is the way it works. Playing the
banjo is a bunch of starting and stopping and changing rolls to fit
things together. Look at it like your rolls and runs are
train cars. Link them together differently and they will be
different songs all together.
have put together a video to show how this works. I am
playing the first part of the song, Nine Pound Hammer.
Media Player file. Click HERE
to download the video clip. Below is the melody notes and
Warren Yates Method of Playing Bluegrass Banjo for Beginners
The picture below is the Scruggs roll.
The T is for the thumb, the P is the pointer finger, and M
The picture below shows only the melody notes. The chords are the letters
at the top. The numbers at the top are played open.
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