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Banjo Lessons: Single String: “Green Fields of America”

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[MUSIC]
Here's
a tune that comes from the O'Neil's book
of Irish fiddle tunes.
And the traditional way of playing Celtic
tunes on the banjo, and
it's not that old a tradition actually, is
to use a four string banjo.
And usually a plectrum.
And, and use a flat pick with it.
And play somewhat close to the bridge.
A gentleman named Jerry O'Connor is
probably the premiere, in fact,
I'm sure he's the premiere banjo player,
four string banjo player in Ireland today.
He's just unbelievable.
You should check him out if you get a
chance.
Buy one of his CDs or if he ever comes to
the states or if you're in Ireland.
If you don't already know about it go
check it out.
So this is a tune called The Green Fields
of America.
And most of the, of what's going on here
is down here the lower frets.
So it's a good way to get used to doing
some single string playing.
There was one spot in part b.
Part b goes.
[MUSIC]
Where you will jump up.
[NOISE] Then bring your ring finger to the
ninth fret of the third string.
[NOISE] Index to the seventh fret of the
second.
[NOISE] Middle to the eight fret of the
second.
[NOISE] Go back down.
Again, keep it thumb, index, thumb, index.
Thumb, index, thumb, index, thumb, index.
Then, this is a little tricky
to cross the thumb over to this first
string, thumb, index, thumb, index.
This is the second measure of part B.
So, here it comes.
[NOISE] If you have a really hard time
crossing the thumb from the
[MUSIC]
Index crossing the thumb over to the first
string.
You can go.
[MUSIC]
You can just do a backward roll open.
[NOISE] To the second string with the
index.
I just like the punch that you get from
the single string.
If you can keep that consistently
throughout.
So, I will play the Green Fields Of
America and then slow it down and
just talk about it a little bit.
[MUSIC]
Okay slowing it down a little bit.
Again most of this is [NOISE] just down on
the first two to three to four frets.
[MUSIC]
This interesting thing is it's another one
of these tunes that starts on the four
chord on C.
And and then goes back to G.
So here's the C back to G.
[MUSIC]
And you're just going index to index ring.
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Back to the C.
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By the index
[MUSIC]
Ring, index, ring.
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Then the D part.
[MUSIC]
Just going up a G scale,
there's a lot of scale stuff in these
fiddle tunes.
[MUSIC]
Ring again on the ninth fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
Index on the seventh fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
Middle on the eighth fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
To the index on the seventh fret of
the first string.
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Then you go to this little scale passage.
And again I'm using one finger per fret.
Pinky on the fifth fret of the first
string.
To the ring, pinky, open index.
[MUSIC]
Ring.
Pinky.
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