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Banjo Lessons: Fiddle Tunes in D Part 1

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[MUSIC]
We're
about to play some fiddle tunes in the key
of D, and before we do that,
I want to show you a couple of D scales.
We've done the G scales, and not all of
these will be all melodic, but
I wanted to get you going and start
thinking about D in the melodic style.
And
[MUSIC]
The first three notes of the D scale,
since the low note is D, occur on the
fourth string,
in what's called the Single String Style.
But, we'll talk much more about this
shortly but,
just know that you'll be playing three
times on that one string and
you'll alternate the thumb and the index
thumb.
[MUSIC]
So I'm using the middle
finger on the sixth fret
of the third string.
[MUSIC]
And then,
the middle and index here are the, as if
you were in the G scale.
[MUSIC]
Move the whole position between the tenth
and the ninth frets.
[MUSIC]
Then use the ring finger here for
the eleventh fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
Pinky on the twelfth fret of
the first string.
[MUSIC]
And I'm using the pinky.
[MUSIC]
Actually, you can do the pinkie, ring,
middle, and index, one finger per fret
right in there.
[MUSIC]
As an alternate, you can go.
[MUSIC]
Instead of going there.
[MUSIC]
Go here to the ninth fret of the third
string and the seventh fret of the second
string.
[MUSIC]
Which is a little more gradual.
Some of these fiddle tunes
i'll be doing in the key of D.
I need an A on the fifth string so
i'm going to just slip these under this
model railroad tack here.
[MUSIC]
And
that's going to change things a little bit
so.
[MUSIC]
Need
to a do a little bit of stretching here to
do this.
[MUSIC]
Pinkie on the ninth fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
Middle on the seventh fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
Index on the fifth fret of the first.
[MUSIC]
Fifth string which gives you a chance to
slide the middle finger up on the same
string without letting go.
[MUSIC]
To the 12th fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
Index on the eleventh fret of the first
[SOUND] Thumb on the twelfth fret of the
first string.
[MUSIC]
Once you've mastered those two scales, and
those are two octave scales.
You're going from
[MUSIC]
D to that D.
Starting on that d.
[MUSIC]
To that d.
Which in this case is ending up on the
fifth string at the 12th fret.
[MUSIC]
Anyway
once you've mastered those, you'll be
ready for these fiddle tunes.
[MUSIC]