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Banjo Lessons: Beginning Hammer-Ons Part 2: “Shady Grove”

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[MUSIC]
Now here's a tune called Shady Grove,
which is one of my favorite old time,
Bluegrass and mountain tunes integrating.
[MUSIC]
The alternating thumb slide roll.
You just keep seeing these rolls, they
just keep recurring with slides,
with hammer-ons.
I'm sorry, with yeah, hammer-ons.
And soon we'll be talking about pull-offs.
And this really starts giving you some of
those characteristic sounds of Bluegrass
that are ever so lovely.
So here's Shady Grove for you.
[MUSIC]
Eventually you might wanna get it up to
about that fast.
It'll take a little while, but you'll get
there.
So it starts with, the song is.
[MUSIC]
So you're really bringing out the melody
with these hammer-ons.
And with the slide.
So you're going.
[MUSIC]
Cuz when you sing, Shady,
you don't go, Shady!
You just kinda give it a little bluesy
slide in there or a glissando.
[MUSIC]
And
here's a hammer-on with an alternating
thumb roll.
[MUSIC]
And a slide,
now instead of using the slide.
[MUSIC]
As an alternating thumb,
you're gonna do a forward roll.
[MUSIC]
To the fifth string.
And still a four-note sequence with a
slide.
[MUSIC]
And
then I bring the middle finger over to the
third fret of the second string.
This is something that Earl does a lot.
[MUSIC]
And
rather than just hitting the first string,
by hitting the first two strings.
[SOUND] It's a lot punchier.
[MUSIC]
And then continuing,
another alternating thumb slide.
[MUSIC]
Kentucky, that is.
[MUSIC]
Have a little double hammer-on.
[MUSIC]
On the fourth.
[MUSIC]
With the alternating thumb roll.
[MUSIC]
Now
tablature is inexact medium for, for
bringing out the sound of the banjo.
When I do this hammer-on.
[MUSIC]
I think sometimes I might anticipate that
second string rather than just being
exactly even.
[MUSIC]
I may go.
[MUSIC]
Anticipate it a little bit.
Just play it the way you feel comfortable
and, and if it's a little ahead of it,
it's okay.
As long as your right hand.
[MUSIC]
Is going like this.
This is a very important point.
Cuz there can be a tendency to be so
concentrating on the hammer-on.
[MUSIC]
Although you might wait a moment to get it
in there, so you have this kind of a
sound.
[MUSIC]
And you're gonna be out of time.
The important thing is the right hand,
unless you're left-handed, and
then all this flips around.
But, since most of you are gonna be
right-handed.
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Don't let,
don't ever let your right hand wait for
the left hand.
The left hand should just keep cruising
through, and
have to stay up with the right hand.
So, let me play that one more time.
Shady Grove.
[MUSIC]