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Banjo Lessons: Intro to Chords G C D7

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All right.
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.
[SOUND] 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.
[SOUND] Okay.
Now the next chord I wanna tell you about
is the D7 chord.
[SOUND] And you're just gonna use your
middle and index finger for that.
It's just two notes and in the middle of
[SOUND] 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.
[SOUND] 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.
[SOUND] This is the fret here.
You don't wanna be back here, cuz if
you're back here.
[SOUND] Or back here.
[SOUND] You may buzz a little bit.
You wanna be up close, this way, the
bridge side of the fret.
Up against the fret like that.
So it's a nice, clear sound.
You wanna press down hard enough.
[SOUND] You can hear it very clearly.
That's the second string first fret.
Now middle goes onto the third string
second fret.
There's your D seventh.
Now the next chord is gonna be the C
And that's all we're gonna need for a
while, is just these three chords.
Now, the nice thing about the D7s and
the C chord is that they have one note in
One string and one fret in common.
[SOUND] And that's the second string.
To play the C chord,
you're gonna just have that index finger
still on the second string, first fret.
[SOUND] But what you're going to do is add
the ring finger.
Right here on this first string second
Now if you just play the first
three strings.
That gives you a C chord.
But to get a full C chord you also add
your middle finger down here on the second
fret of the fourth string.
ring it on the second fret of the first,
index on the first fret of the second,
middle on the second fret of the fourth
string, fourth string, second fret.
There you are, and remember, stay close to
the frets so you're not buzzing.
You don't wanna be on top of them where
it's damped,
but you wanna be just behind them.
All right?
[SOUND] Now one thing you wanna watch out
for, and
I just wanna mention that as we're
continuing here for beginning to begin,
you're not gonna necessarily have to have
all three fingers down.
Because that may be difficult for you.
I may just have you fret the first two
maybe the fourth string and second string
and have your ring finger free.
[SOUND] Which is a very pretty kind of a
So, if you're having trouble, what you may
be hearing is your middle finger may
be kind of coming down and touching the
third string like that.
So if that happens then, try lifting up
your middle finger for the time being, and
just worrying about the first two strings.
I think that's enough on chords right now,
and then we'll continue.