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Banjo Lessons: Advanced Scale Techniques

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[MUSIC]
Here's
one of my favorite techniques to use these
days.
This is you can call it, an, an advanced
scalar technique.
Even though you're using kind of a
Scruggsie right hand.
It's not a melodic style thing.
But it sounds melodic and, and gives you
scale patterns.
In a very easy way.
I'll play just a little bit of a version
Blackberry Blossom that you can use to
spice up that tune.
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So instead of going.
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Now the right hand technique.
Let's just take this open to start with.
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That's all it is til the cows come home.
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I start with the middle finger, just for
the very first note.
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And then you do a forward roll.
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Thumb, index, middle, on the fifth,
second, and first strings.
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[SOUND]
Now thing is you're
doubling the first string.
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Middle, middle.
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Middle, middle.
But you don't want to use the middle twice
in a row cuz if you're trying to get,
get things up to a faster speed.
That'll slow you down.
So start with the middle, [SOUND] Then
forward roll.
Then rather than doubling the middle bring
your index finger.
[SOUND] Over to the first string.
[SOUND] Just for that one note.
[SOUND] So middle finger then forward
roll.
Thumb index middle.
Bring the index over.
[SOUND] To the first string.
Then repeat the forward roll.
Thumb index middle on the fifth second and
first strings.
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Index.
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Index.
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Index.
Index.
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That's just a little thing you can do.
So basically what I'm doing is I have the.
Pinky on the fifth fret of the first
string.
I'm sorry.
12th fret of the first string.
And the ring on the 12th fret of the
second string.
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And
the index is gonna be working on the fifth
string.
And in this case it'll be at the tenth
fret of the first string.
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Then move up to your C chord.
So your pinky's now up to the 14th fret of
the first string.
Ring on the 13th fret of the second.
Index on the 12th fret of the fir, fifth.
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Except you'll be starting with the index.
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So you have.
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Back down to the twelfth fret.
And the tenth fret of the first string.
Where you were before.
And move the ring and pinky down two frets
to the tenth fret.
Of the first two strings.
And have the index on the ninth fret of
the fifth string.
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And now we have the back to the G
position with the pinky on the ninth fret
of the first string.
Index on the eighth fret of the second.
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And
the index on the seventh fret of the fifth
string.
[MUSIC]
Down to the seventh fret
of the first two strings.
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Again just using the pinky and
ring for all of these.
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And end on the fifth string.
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So the whole thing will be.
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You can do it fast or slowly.
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And
then as I mentioned you can do Blackberry
Blossom.
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Starting up here at the 17th fret of
the first two strings.
With the index going over to the 16th fret
of the 5th string.
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To your D position.
Which is.
I'll just cal,
call out the numbers starting from the
first to the se, second to the fifth.
So it'll be 14.
I'm sorry 16 15.
14.
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14 12 14 13 12.
And it'll be 12, 12, and 10.
10 10 and 9.
Nine, eight and seven.
Seven, seven and open.
So
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And actually in this position.
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Because you need an A chord for this.
For the Blackberry Blossom I have the
pinky at the seventh fret of
the first string.
[MUSIC]
Index at the fifth fret of
the second string.
[MUSIC]
I have the G note.
[MUSIC]
Then just put the ring down on the seventh
fret of the second string.
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And I just do a melodic scale.
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Also go up, these are descending.
But you can do an ascending sort of a
thing.
And now, rather than going index, forward
roll, index on the forward roll,
on the first string with a forward roll.
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You're gonna do the backward roll.
Middle, index, thumb.
Bringing index to end, to end the four
note sequence.
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So middle, index, thumb,
index, middle, index, thumb, index,
middle, index, thumb, index.
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And you can go-
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The more you can leapfrog around and
jump rather than going from one-
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To the next position you could skip one.
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That sort of a thing.
Descending.
I wasn't, I'll ascend one more time.
[MUSIC]
If we're going to descend,
if we're going to do some of this
leap-frogging thing,
let's do it in the descending way.
From the 17th fret.
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Sorry.
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Have fun.
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