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Banjo Lessons: Melodic Style Part 5: “Sore Fingers Hornpipe” 1

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had the great pleasure of going to the
Sore Fingers Summer Workshop right near
Chipping Norton in England about an hour
and a half from London.
And it's a great place except it's not a
summer workshop cuz it's in the spring.
But they call it the summer workshop or
used to anyway.
So I've written a tune called the Sore
Fingers Hornpipe.
It's just a little bit more of the melodic
using the notes in slightly different ways
just to make sure you're really locked
into the whole melodic thing.
And, you know, some people will say that
the melodic style's
a slightly more advanced style but it's
not true at all.
In some ways I think it's a lot easier
than Scruggs style cuz with Scruggs style
you have to do these slides in certain
ways, the pull offs in certain ways.
In the melodic style you're just putting
your finger on a fret and
that's all there is to it.
Once you get past that obstacle of finding
it a little strange to go to a lower
string to get a higher note, you're home
So here we go with the Sore Fingers
And they get, one other thing I wanted to
mention about the melodic style,
which you may already noticed is in
Scruggs style, the right hand is
constantly using forward rolls, backward
rolls, alternating thumb rolls.
Those sorts of things.
There's a very stock number of these
And of course, you break out of them once
in awhile.
That the basis of it is, is these rolls,
which are designed to help you get a
really strong powerful sound.
In the melodic style rather than having
the right hand determine what goes on in
the left hand it's flipped around and
the left hand determines what the right
hand is doing.
So basically you have to get whatever
notes you're going to get
in the left hand and the right hand has to
just adjust to doing that.
And you'll find that once in a while, you
might find that you're doing
a standard Scruggs roll in, in other words
with Devil's Dream that I played earlier.
You're going thumb, index, thumb, middle.
It just happens to be an alternating thumb
But with this Sore Fingers Hornpipe.
You're going thumb.
I'm sorry.
Index, thumb, index,
thumb and then there is a backward roll
but that's more of a Scruggs thing.
Then thumb, middle, index, middle.
So there are, here and there you'll
find some rolls, but there are many times
when you're not actually playing a roll.
And so it's a little harder to get the
And so it's highly recommended to,
really if you're not working with your
metronome as much as
you should you really should get it out
while you're doing the melodic style.
Cuz you're really, it'll really help you
to lock in and it, and
it is very possible to play with drive in
the melodic style.
Allen Mundy being the main name that comes
to mind.
Just really powerful when it comes to that
sort of thing.