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Banjo Lessons: “Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind” - Key of C

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All right,
we've been hanging out in G for quite
awhile here.
Let's, let's go back to C and do a tune in
C that I learned
another tune I learned recently from the
Carolina Chocolate Drops.
And this is called Don't Get Trouble in
Your Mind.
And to begin with I'm gonna be using what
I call the Steve roll.
Steve Martin is a wonderful banjo player,
and has a, as of this taping,
this recording, has a fairly new album out
of all instrumental banjo music
with some few vocals thrown in, and he
wrote 14 out of the 15 tunes.
Just remarkable.
He has talents in other areas as well in
case you're not familiar with them but one
thing that he tends to do in a lot of his
tunes he has this, what I call the Steve
roll which is jumping back from the fifth
to the first to the fifth string.
And I hadn't done this before I started
transcribing some of his music.
But I've realized that it's, there's
sometimes when just a forward roll or
a backward roll or alternating some roll
just won't do and
nothing feels like it works.
And I've, sort of hit the wall on some of
these things and
it's been a terrible conundrum and then I
suddenly think,
let me try the Steve roll and it
immediately makes things better.
So that's what I'm doing in the first two
measures of
Don't Get Trouble in your Mind.
So I start with a quarter note.
I'll just do the open strings first.
Quarter note, quarter note on the first
And then go back and forth between the
firth and first strings.
Fifth, first, fifth.
And as you hit that last fifth going to a
forward roll, so it's quarter,
Steve roll, forward.
really satisfying about doing that.
So here we go with Don't Get Trouble In
Your Mind.
It's so much fun to play.
I can't tell you.
It's just great.
Well I can tell you, and you will do it
And learn the joys of this tune.
So, as I mentioned before, you bar the
fifth fret, and
that's a c chord right there.
And a la Earl, I'm just gonna play the
first two strings on the first fret.
So I'm starting with a ring on the fifth
fret of the first middle on the fifth
fret of the second.
[SOUND] Little bit of a Steve roll
forward, twice.
Exactly the same thing twice.
Then I add the pinky on the seventh fret
of the first string.
And if you look at this you'll see
instead of a forward backward roll, it's a
backward forward roll.
And without the left hand fingering it's
As if you took a forward backward roll,
split it in the middle, and
interpolated the two parts.
So it's backward to the first string,
which is your pivot point, so
you can go to the forward roll.
And then on the fifth string just to fill
up the space, eight notes, one, two,
three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
So at this point, I'm on, I'm,
I've got, it's two fingers down here at
the fifth fret, ring and middle,.
And I add the pinky for the first two hits
on the first string and
then go back to the fifth fret.
Then I play the top two notes of an F
chord up here.
Just like your D cord moved up to here.
So your pinky's on your seventh fret of
the first string.
Middle's on the eighth fret of the second.
Index on the fifth fret of the third but,
I'm only using the first two strings.
So, I'm hitting the second string.
So that happens three times.
then the fourth measure of F, I do a
Osbourne roll, and
then I just move that whole thing down two
So I've got the pinky and middle here,
move it down two frets to the fifth and
fourth, fourth frets.
As I do that, if you want to get a little
bit fancy with it.
I choke that second string at the fourth
fret just a little bit,
make it a little funkier.
Make it go a little sharp.
So for the whole F chord, it's.
Isn't that
pretty the way that fifth string gets in
Almost creates a little melody.
Two forward rolls,
and then the b part we get some hammer on
Hammer, hammer.
And for the end of that measure I jump
the ring, just slide it right up to the
fifth fret of the first string, and
then the first ending.
Repeat the B part.
So one more time for the whole thing.