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Banjo Lessons: Playing with Others Part 3

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[MUSIC]
Now, take this one step further.
Rather than just letting it ring out.
[MUSIC]
A very common thing,
is to let the pressure of the strings life
your fingers up so it's damped.
So, you don't get the full ring, you just
get.
[MUSIC]
That kind of sound.
And it gives you a nice percussive sound.
[SOUND] And you can have as much, or as
little of the chord as you want.
You can just let go really quickly.
[MUSIC]
And just get like a blip sound.
[SOUND] Or you can let some of the chord
ring.
[MUSIC]
So you can hear that G.
[SOUND] Or C.
[MUSIC]
Again, it's kind of a separation of notes.
Instead of going.
[MUSIC]
You're going.
[MUSIC]
So,
let's do Boil Em 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.
[SOUND] So it's.
[SOUND] C, G,
D, G, C,
G, D, G.
Now you may notice, that as I hit the
chord.
[SOUND] I let go of the head.
[MUSIC]
After playing for 45 or 46 years, just
a few months ago I noticed on an old video
of Flatt and Scruggs playing from 1960.
And there are some DVDs of them playing
from that time,
some old television shows for.
Their sponsor, Martha White Flower, and
you should pick them up,
because it's great to see Earl in his
prime.
[MUSIC]
I was watching, and I've always.
[MUSIC]
Just kept my hand down on the head like
this, my right hand.
[MUSIC]
But on the video,
I saw that Earl was lifting his hand off
with every chord.
And I tried that, and it just felt a lot
better.
[MUSIC]
My timing felt a little stronger with it,
and I felt like getting a slightly more
open sound, and it's a little,
it's a little more fun to do it that way.
You don't have to by any stretch of the
imagination, but
some of you might want to try it.
So here's Boil Them Cabbage Down with this
technique of damping the string,
first three strings.
[MUSIC]
G, D, G.
[MUSIC]
C,
G, D, G.
[MUSIC]