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Banjo Lessons: Melodic Style Part 7: “Black Mountain Rag”

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[MUSIC]
Here's another thing I wanna do,
which is a little bit of Black Mountain
Rag.
Take the C section of Black Mountain Rag
instead of just doing
a chordal thing to it.
Add a little bit of a melodic lick.
So let me play the, the fiddly section.
This is actually based
on something that
Doc Watson did when he recorded it back
around 1963 or so on the guitar.
And so I've sort of borrowed from that and
adapted it to the banjo.
It goes like this.
[MUSIC]
So as you're going.
[MUSIC]
So, there's nothing that's startling new
here that you've, there are some scale
patterns, but.
[MUSIC]
As you get to that point right there,
the last note of the second measure.
You notice your inside, your middle finger
is in on the second string.
[MUSIC]
And
we just want to make sure that you're
comfortable with that.
So.
[MUSIC]
You can just do some forward rolls on
the inside strings.
[MUSIC]
Four,
three, two.
Four, three, two.
Four, three, two.
And you can do something like this that's
just a further exercise.
[MUSIC]
Just back and forth.
Just doing open four, three, two, three,
forward backward roll.
[MUSIC]
And then a C but
not fretting the first string and still on
the inside strings.
Fourth, third, and second strings.
[MUSIC]
Just move it up two frets.
[MUSIC]
Back down.
[MUSIC]
And
I think Earl Scruggs has only done this
once where he has his middle finger in on
the second string.
He has a slate that goes.
[MUSIC]
He does that in
a bunch of places including Ground Speed.
[SOUND] He starts with the fourth string
and then has the middle on the third and
the index.
I'm sorry.
Thumb on the fourth, index on the third,
middle on the second.
[MUSIC]
And he goes to the outside strings.
But I digress.
So you're going inside.
[MUSIC]
You're inside again,
then inside one more time.
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