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Banjo Lessons: Thirds

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There's a sound
you've heard many times in music through
your life which is this kind of a sound
And that,
what you're hearing there is the interval
of a third.
So if you go do re mi.
Start on G of the open third string here
go up to the third note of the scale, do
re mi.
That interval between those two notes.
Is a third.
if you go up each note of the scale on the
third string and
correspondingly go up each note of the
scale on the second string and
leap frog back and forth, you'll get that
kind of a sound.
Now, let's just start with
this sound first, and then I'll explain a
little bit more about what's going on.
This is just a simple little exercise to
get you in the ballpark.
Again, using, once again,
Boil Them Cabbage Down as a template,
we're just using the thirds.
So as you're going up.
We only
need to go that far to do this little
And one thing I do is I keep the middle
finger on the third string when I'm
working on the second and
third strings like this.
And I hit,
switch from the index to the ring when I
have one fret distance,
I use the middle and the index when I'm on
the same fret,
as I am at the fifth fret, I use the
middle and ring.
So, we're just gonna go from the four and
three and we're gonna integrate this into
the alternating thumb roll.
Up to the fives.
Four and three, D seventh, back to four
and three.
And again,
we're just going up consecutive notes of
the scale on each string.
Again to 12, or if you want to keep going.
And then you get off the scale.
You can go back down.
So that's a very handy thing.
And you can also go back and forth just as
a little exercise, instead of always going
from the lower to the higher note, you can
go from the lower to the higher, and
then as you switch to the next position go
higher to lower
And then back to lower, to higher and then
higher to lower and
alternate back and forth.
Now you can do this same thing,
on the first string and the second string.
So on the first string, it's the same
You go up the notes of the G scale on each
And back and forth, so you have open.
And again, I'm using, I'm just keeping the
ring on the first string.
And I switch back and forth between the
index and the middle on the second string.
If I'm on the same fret.
If the two strings are on the same fret
I'll use the middle and ring.
If they're one fret apart I'll
use index and ring.
So it's zero, zero, one, and two,
starting on the second string.
Three, four.
Five, five.
Seven, seven.
Eight, nine.
Ten, ten.
12, 12.
13, 14
15, 16.
17, 17.
19, 19.
20, 21.
And you can get crazy and go 22, 22 if
you'd like.