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Banjo Lessons: Single String: “Arkansas Traveler”

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[MUSIC]
Let's move into the key of C for
a little more single string work and do a
great old fiddle tune, Arkansas Traveler.
[MUSIC]
So, one nice thing about this is, most of
it's just right down here, and.
[MUSIC]
I'm not
really fingering a C chord all the time,
but I'm sort of keeping that C down.
[MUSIC]
Because I keep coming back to it,
the first fret of the second string, and
also that is a C note and
it's nice to have a little C-ness going
through, rather than going.
[MUSIC]
C.
[MUSIC]
It's a very subtle thing,
but you start hearing that B note, the
open second string.
[MUSIC]
Which at least to my ears is a little bit
jarring, so.
If you can keep your index down except
when you're gonna hit the open
second string.
[MUSIC]
And
right at this point, at the end of the
second measure,
I just move the index up one fret to get a
little chromatic sound.
[MUSIC]
And again, the chromatic sound,
a chromatic scale, just to define that
term right in the middle of this.
[MUSIC]
It's differentiated from the do, re,
mi scale, or the diatonic scale, which is
do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do.
It's eight notes going from open to 12th
fret.
Chromatic scale is every single fret, but
every but on the piano,
you would be going from white keys to
every black key.
Just every key from one note to the octave
above it.
So, this is just a very small chromatic
passage.
[MUSIC]
Cuz you're going.
[MUSIC]
Three consecutive frets.
One, two, three on the second string.
So once more.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
This is a nice little lick.
Going middle to index, to middle and
then bringing the index down on the third
fret of the first string.
So, three, two, three on the second
string, add the ring finger.
[MUSIC]
Up two frets.
[MUSIC]
Back to more linear.
[MUSIC]
You can notice the index finger is down
most of the time while I'm doing these
other things.
Then the second ending, let's see.
[MUSIC]
So here we
have one finger per fret again, the pinky
on the fifth fret of the first string,
and you're skipping the fourth fret which
would be the ring if you were using it.
The middle on the third fret of the first
and
the index on the second fret of the first.
So, this is a scale pattern.
[MUSIC]
Sorry.
[MUSIC]
All right, that's it for
the basic version of Arkansas Traveler.
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