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Banjo Lessons: Single String: “Bill Cheatham”

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[MUSIC]
Okay, let's move onto Bill Cheatham.
Bill Cheatham is a great, fiddle tune.
And I'm gonna do a little etude first to,
we're going to kind of approximate three
finger rolls but with two fingers.
It gives it a different flavor.
Maybe a little more power in certain ways.
And here's the etude.
You're going to go.
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Thumb on the second string,
index underneath, thumb on the second
string again, index on the first.
[MUSIC]
So.
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Then
go from the third string to the fourth to
the third to the second.
[MUSIC]
So here's a little etude.
So it's thumb, index,
thumb, index, thumb,
index, on the D 7th.
[MUSIC] G. [MUSIC]
A minor.
G.
D seventh.
[MUSIC]
Now let's try Bill Cheatham.
[MUSIC]
So in this B part, you're taking your F
position G chord.
[MUSIC]
And then to go to the C,
I just add the ring on the fifth fret of
the second string.
Middle on the fifth fret of the third
string.
[MUSIC]
Move it up two frets for the D.
[MUSIC]
Move the pinky up to the ninth fret
of the first string.
[MUSIC]
And
here's your D position G chord between the
seventh and ninth frets.
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Now,
this is taking a little bit of a liberty.
This is a B-minor chord.
You have 12, 12, and 11, pinky, ring, and
index.
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Down two frets.
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To the G.
[MUSIC]
And
I keep it pinky, ring, and index for each
position.
Down two frets.
[MUSIC]
So I don't ever switch fingers there.
[MUSIC]
And then.
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And this time I'm playing a kind of a C,
more of a C sixth.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
So the G chord, bar the first three
strings,
add the pinky on the first string.
Seventh fret.
Two frets higher.
To your G.
And then the ending is just a fiddle lick.
[MUSIC]
Or the second ending.
[MUSIC]
It's really fun to do
that B part when you get a little speed
up.
[MUSIC]
And so on and so forth.
So there's Bill Cheatham.
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