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Banjo Lessons: Backup in D Without a Capo

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
Talking about backup.
Let, let's talk about some backup in the
key of D.
Now in the key of D you can, or in any
key, you can just keep doing this.
[SOUND] These backup things we tried
earlier.
[MUSIC]
Wrapping your thumb around and you know?
[SOUND] But I want to do something that's
a little more specific to D.
A rolling down the neck kind of a backup
thing.
And this is a generic chord progression.
Just three chords, D, G and A.
And.
Again, I'm trying to stay out of the way,
doing Scruggs rolls, but
nothing very overt, nothing really fancy.
Just again, providing some rolling backup
without getting too ostentatious.
So here's some backup in D.
[MUSIC]
Should mention I have the fifth string up
to A.
[SOUND] So for backing up some of these
fiddle tunes we've done in D [COUGH] or
anything you're doing in D.
[SOUND] Little more up tempo.
[MUSIC]
So I'm just doing this little lead in.
[MUSIC]
And again,
that's a very familiar Scruggs kind of
intro.
[MUSIC]
He does it all over that place and
it's great syncopated intro.
[MUSIC]
And
then I'm just holding a D chord on the
first three strings.
[MUSIC]
And
then go to the third string to lead into
G.
[MUSIC]
I should go to the ring here or
I tend to use the pinky.
[SOUND] That's the way my hand works.
[SOUND] And slide.
[SOUND] And now you run G, just open the
strings, backward roll.
A lot of forward rolls, and then the
backward roll.
Hit the fourth string, so
you know you're back in D that really
defines that D-ness of it.
[SOUND] Hammering on.
[SOUND]
This thing you do a lot in the key of G,
you can do it in D also.
[SOUND] Because that's a D note right
there, two D notes.
[MUSIC]
Pinch.
[MUSIC]
And then going down.
[MUSIC]
It's a discord, but in context it works.
[MUSIC]
And
then you have your ring sitting kind of
over the fourth fret of the fourth string.
So, I'm sliding [SOUND] With the ring.
[MUSIC]
And
I only use it in the beginning of these
two measures for the A chord.
[MUSIC]
And then I slide.
[SOUND] I have seven to zero written here.
[SOUND] But you're just slowing it,
throwing it down.
[MUSIC]
And then pulling off with the pinky.
[MUSIC]
I've got the middle on the third fret of
the second string, the index on the second
fret of the third string.
[MUSIC]
Pulling off with the pinky.
[MUSIC]
Using all thumb for that.
[MUSIC]
Thumb, thumb, thumb, thumb, cuz it's so
strong.
And then pinching thumb and middle on the
open strings.
[SOUND] And then can be looking at your
watch while you are doing this, or
scratching your head, or moving your
glasses.
[MUSIC]
Hammer on again.
And then move it over a string and hammer
on one to two.
[MUSIC]
That's a nice way to.
[SOUND] Have a kind of minimalistic A
chord.
Here's your A.
[MUSIC]
But rather than doing that
you're just gonna hammer on.
[MUSIC]
Just that one note of the A,
which is the A note, and with the rest of
the band playing A that works just fine.
[MUSIC]
And
I'm getting this pull-off in the midst of
this forward roll.
[MUSIC]
And
that pull-off is actually anticipating the
first string.
[MUSIC]
That's a Ralph Stanley kind of a trick.
[SOUND] With a forward roll the index
coming over to the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
And
ending on the index on the fourth string
open.
And then a forward roll to the backward
pulling off.
[SOUND] Ending on the thumb on the second
string.
So one more time, slow and then fast.
[MUSIC]
And again, that's just a sample.
That's just one thing you can do and there
are many other options.
That at least will give you a feeling of
how you can approach a rolling
backup in D.
[MUSIC]