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Banjo Lessons: Melodic Style Part 2

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let's, let's start with a, a G scale in
the melodic style.
And what's interesting about this it's,
it's, it's a counterintuitive style
because rather than going
to the next higher string.
Or the next higher fret.
[SOUND] Clear fret, higher string, higher
fret, higher fret, higher string.
Higher fret, higher fret, higher fret.
You'll go to a lower string to get a
higher note sometimes and especially in G.
[SOUND] So there's G.
The open third string now for the second
note of the stale, scale.
Instead of getting it here.
[SOUND] We need to get it on another
Well, where we get that other string.
Let's go to the fourth string, seventh
And you can use your pinky for this.
And again, with the melodic style what you
wanna do is use as many open strings as
you possibly can.
Open third.
Fret the seventh fret of the fourth string
for that second note of the scale.
Go to the open third string now for
the third note of the scale.
Do, re, mi.
[SOUND] Now go to a lower string.
Go back from the second string to the
third string.
[SOUND] To get the fourth note, which is
C, at the fifth fret of the third string.
[SOUND] So you're going to that lower
string to get the higher note.
Jump to the open first string.
Go to a lower string to get a higher note.
Fifth fret of the second string, and then
hold that and add the,
Fourth fret of the first string.
And then the open fifth string for
your last note.
The lower string, jump to the second lower
string on the third, jump to the first
lower string on the second.
String there at the fifth fret.
[SOUND] The fifth fret of the first.
I'm sorry, fourth fret of the first, and
the open fifth.
That's a G scale right there.
So you can go up.
And back down.
There's another way of getting these two
notes, which sometimes comes in handy, and
I'll just show it to you now.
[SOUND] Instead of getting it at the fifth
fret of the second and
the fourth fret of the first.
We get them here at the ninth fret of the
third and the seventh fret of the second.
[SOUND] Okay well now I've come
up with a little exercise where we'll just
build these scales up.
And what I'm doing, I'm starting just
going back and
forth between the two notes.
First two notes of the scale.
And then I go up to.
The third, the third note of the.
The scale, one, two, three.
Down and go back and forth, up and down.
The I add in the 4th note of the scale.
Go up to the 5th note.
To the 6th.
So once again, the whole thing is.