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Banjo Lessons: “Sally Johnson”

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[MUSIC]
I
want to show you a tune called Sally
Johnson.
This is one of those one chord fiddle
tunes similar to Sally Good, and
Katie Hill, Grey Eagle, tunes like that.
And I learned this from the playing of
Mike Barnett,
this amazing 19 year old fiddler, at least
as of the time we're recording this.
And it's in the Texas style, similar to
what Benny Thomasson and
more recently Mark O'Connor play.
It's a more,
perhaps a slightly more florid arrangement
of some tunes from the Appalachians.
So here's a little bit of Sally Johnson,
then I'll break it down.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Let's break this down a little bit.
It's again a very melodic arrangement.
[MUSIC]
Just going up to the tenth and
ninth fret positions.
[MUSIC]
Blues it out a little bit with
the eighth fret of the second string.
Repeat this.
[MUSIC]
Nice arpeggio
going down to the low G note.
[MUSIC]
Move the middle up one fret.
[MUSIC]
Move that whole position down.
[MUSIC]
This is a real Texas kind of
slightly convoluted, but very cool lick.
[MUSIC]
Up to the D with the middle and ring.
[MUSIC]
And
I have the middle coming into the second
string in the right hand.
[MUSIC]
A little single string.
[MUSIC]
Then the B part Bluegrassy Scruggsy slide.
[MUSIC]
Then lead with the thumb.
[MUSIC]
Even, this is one of those rare instances
where you're gonna have the thumb on the
not on the upbeat or the downbeat, but
in between.
One E and.
It's on the.
[MUSIC]
So you end up in the right place in
the beginning of measure two of part B
with the index.
[MUSIC]
Pinky.
[MUSIC]
Inside.
[MUSIC]
Single string.
[MUSIC]
And then blues it out a little bit here.
[MUSIC]
So that's the whole thing.
There is a little bit of a variation you
could throw in on this, for
the second to last measure.
Instead of going of, of part B.
Instead of going.
[MUSIC]
You could go.
[MUSIC]
So that's just a little variation there.
And then at the very beginning of the tune
instead of going.
[MUSIC]
You can go.
[MUSIC]
Sorry.
[MUSIC]
And so on and so forth.
It'll take the place of the first,
this passage will take the place of the
first three measures of part A.
[MUSIC]
Actually the first two measures.
[MUSIC]
And so forth.
And again send a video.
Let's hear how you're doing with this.
Let me play Sally Johnson one more time.
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