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Banjo Lessons: Up the Neck Part 1: “Boil Them Cabbage Down”

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[MUSIC]
We've
had a little bit of experience going up
the neck,
meaning going up this way, with a tune
called Water Mill we did that earlier.
But now, we're gonna get a little more
into going up the neck,
because it's what keeps things
interesting.
If you can do something down here,
it's nice to try to do it up here as well.
And we're gonna try a little bit of this
with a couple of
tunes, starting with Boil Them Cabbage
Down.
So I'll play it, Boil Them Cabbage Down
down the neck.
Now I consid, consider this to be down the
neck,
because you're going down to the lower.
[MUSIC]
Frets and lower sounds, lower notes.
Earl Scruggs, when I was talking to him
one time,
referred to going down to the 21st fret.
So I think for Earl, he considers this to
be down,
because if your neck's up a little bit
like this.
Physically you're going down, but for all
intents and purposes,
with this website here.
[MUSIC]
We're going to be going down the neck
that way.
So I'll play a little bit of Boil Them
Cabbage Down down the neck and
then up the neck.
[MUSIC]
Okay, let's analyze what's going on with
this up the neck break.
I'll play it one more time slowly.
[MUSIC]
Before we do that, I just wanna
say sometimes, I think we're all attracted
to the banjo because it sounds so good.
I was just getting one of those, sort of,
not even paying attention to what I was
playing as much as I was just loving the
sound of this, of the banjo, so.
Just a digression again but just hopefully
you get that experience a lot too.
[MUSIC]
It just sounds so good sometimes.
Anyway.
[MUSIC]
You got the ring finger on the ninth
fret of the first string, index on the
eighth fret of the second,
and you've got the melody note up here on
the first string.
Which, when you're playing up the neck
most of the time the melody will be
on the first string.
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Cuz it's the highest string and
it jumps out and grabs your ear.
[MUSIC]
Cuz the melody note.
[MUSIC]
It's the second string.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
You go up a whole octave, a whole scale.
[MUSIC]
Up to that note which is B.
[MUSIC]
And
this is part of a D position G chord and
you can check elsewhere.
[MUSIC]
On the site to find all about chords.
[MUSIC]
But basically what you're, what you'll
have is the D position is your D chord
moved up here between the seventh and
ninth frets.
You have the pinky on the ninth fret of
the first string, middle on the eighth
fret of the second, index on the seventh
fret of the third string.
But we're just taking the top two strings
of that and using the ring and index.
[MUSIC]
Then just add the pinky to the tenth fret
of the first string.
[MUSIC]
And
that's taken from an F position C chord.
[MUSIC]
And again,
check the area referring to chords for
this.
So you have the pinky on the tenth fret of
the first string,
index on the eighth fret of the second.
The full chord would be the middle on the
ninth fret of the third.
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Ring on the tenth fret of the fourth.
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And
you have the index barring the seventh
fret.
[MUSIC]
And
this, if you bar the seventh fret of the
all the strings.
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With your index, that's a bar position.
That's a D chord right there.
So you're just taking the top two strings
of that.
[MUSIC]
So that's Boiling Cabbage Down.
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