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[MUSIC]
Okay.
So, here's here's one of the most common
endings of all.
[MUSIC]
That's the shave and a haircut, two bits.
Don't hear the term two bits too much
these days.
So,.
[SOUND].
You could use the ring or the pinkie,
[SOUND] on the fifth fret of the first
string do a pinch with a fifth string.
[SOUND] Down to the second fret of the
first string with your index.
[MUSIC]
Forward roll.
Backward pull off to the second fret of
the fourth string.
Open third.
[MUSIC]
And then, leave a space and go.
[SOUND] on the next downbeat.
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna show you two ways to do this.
The way I did this for many years, index
on the.
[SOUND] ninth fret of the first string,
ring on the 11th fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
And
,you choke the second string just a little
bit, at the 11th fret.
[SOUND]
So,
your fillings rattle around in your mouth
a little bit.
Then, hit the fifth string.
The middle comes over to the eighth fret
of the second string.
[MUSIC]
Ring on the ninth fret of the third.
Seventh on the seventh fret of the, I'm
sorry,
index on the seventh fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
And, you kinda slide it up a little bit,
and then [SOUND] use your pinky or ring
[SOUND] to go 16 to 17.
So you got,
[MUSIC]
Now, I was watching a video of
Earl Scruggs playing from like, 1960,
somewhere around in there.
And, instead of going like this.
[MUSIC]
He went,
[MUSIC]
It's a little bit harder but
it's always interesting to see how Earl
does thing.
So, he has the ring at the ninth fret of
the first string.
[SOUND] Index at the eight fret of the
second.
[SOUND] Like, the top part of a G chord.
[SOUND] And, he uses the pinky for the
11th fret of the second.
[SOUND] Then, the fifth string, second
string at the eighth fret.
And then, the middle comes down to the
ninth fret of the third string.
I'm sorry.
[SOUND] To the index at the seventh fret
of the third.
[MUSIC]
And, a little choke.
[MUSIC]
And, I would swear watching him, and
he's actually, you don't have to do this,
this is getting a little crazy, but-
[MUSIC]
That he's bringing his palm down and
snapping the fifth string against it.
[SOUND] Just for that one note.
[MUSIC]
That's over achieving to do that.
[MUSIC]
Now,
instead of just hitting this fifth string
fifth fret of the first string dead on.
[MUSIC]
You can slide into it.
[MUSIC]
Let the ring go four to five.
[MUSIC]
And, another ending is this.
[MUSIC]
I learned that from
the playing of Curtis McPeake, a wonderful
banjo player from Nashville these days.
[MUSIC]
So,
for the harmonics, there's a two note
lead-in on the third and
second strings at the 12th fret, and
again, you're right over a 12th fret.
[MUSIC]
First string, let go, second string,
third string.
[SOUND] Fourth string.
[SOUND] Let go each time, cuz these are
quarter notes, and
you have time to do that.
[MUSIC]
Don't do it with the first two notes,
cuz they're eighth notes and they go by a
little too fast.
[MUSIC]
And, you go to the seventh fret,
[MUSIC]
do a forward roll, and at the first string
[MUSIC]
let go.
[SOUND] And, you can hit the second and
third strings or
the first three strings of the fifth fret.
So, you get.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Now ,you have a way to end a couple of
tunes there.
[MUSIC]