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Banjo Lessons: Choking the 2-3 Slide

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[MUSIC]
You've already noticed that you've used,
your two to three slide with the
alternating thumb, that lick, quite a bit.
And you'll be using it a whole lot more as
time goes on.
And after I'd been playing for 25 years
someone gave me a new way to look at it.
Cuz I'd always played it the way you've
learned it.
Just, just sliding two to three.
[MUSIC]
And again, I use the middle finger and
Earl uses the middle finger, but if you
need to use another finger that's fine.
I mean, I'd of mentioned that earlier but
middle's pretty standard.
[MUSIC]
It's just kind of sliding.
Leave it at that but
I used to Earl on some of his 1950s and
early 1960s recordings,
and sounding little funkier like he was a
little out of tune on purpose.
And I couldn't figure out what it was.
[MUSIC]
And
finally I realized that he was choking the
slide.
Rather than just hitting it flat like
this.
[MUSIC]
He would actually bend it.
[MUSIC]
As he went along.
And what's nice about that, it grabs your
ear a little bit more.
[MUSIC]
By doing that.
[MUSIC]
And it just feels good.
You're just really digging in a little bit
more.
[MUSIC]
So, basically the way I look at it,
is you're choking, and as you cross the
second fret, you release the choke.
[MUSIC]
So
you're describing a little bit of an arc
almost as you play.
[MUSIC]
So
that's just it's an, it's a kind of a cool
thing that you can do and
it appears in like I say, in many, many
tunes.
And we're getting ready very shortly to do
John Hardy,
and you'll find that it appears quite a
bit in there.
And again, you don't have to do this, but
it's just one of the little details
that make up the wonderful world of Scrugg
style.
It's a very detail oriented way of
approaching music and that's what,
the more you get into it, the more details
you learn, and the more fun it gets to be.
And it's already fun to begin with so.
So, try that.
Give it a shot.
That choking the two to three slide.
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