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