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Banjo Lessons: ”Cattle in the Cane“ - Key of A - No Capo

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[MUSIC]
Right now,
we're going to explore some other keys
that we can play in.
And, we've done G, C, and D, let's go into
A right now, the key of A.
[MUSIC]
And, gener,
generally the three main chords in A, the
one, four,
five progression is A or A down here, D, E
and A.
And again, the thing about playing a
different key is without a capo,
you get a different flavor.
Every key has its own particular flavor.
And, I really like the key of A.
It's actually very handy for doing things
like old Joe Clark.
[MUSIC]
Which we won't be doing here.
But, you can get a little bit of a sound
of how that sounds.
Basically let's start with an A scale.
[MUSIC]
That's going just up on the third string.
Two, you start on the A note, the second
fret of the third string.
Two, four, six, seven, nine, 11, 13, and
14.
[MUSIC]
But,
if we want to do it in the melodic style.
[MUSIC]
It's a little awkward
getting that fifth string, but I use the
pinky on the seventh fret of the fourth.
[MUSIC]
Open second.
This is one finger per fret deal again.
[MUSIC]
Ring on the third string, sixth fret,
open first.
Middle on the fifth fret of the second.
Index on the fourth fret of the first.
Ring comes across to the.
[MUSIC]
Sixth fret of the fifth string, and
the pinky to the seventh fret of the first
string.
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Now, there are times.
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When you want the flatted seventh, G.
[SOUND] One, two, three, four, five, six,
there's the seventh note of the scale,
the sixth fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
G sharp.
[MUSIC]
But, we're flatting it to G.
[MUSIC]
And, this comes in very handy when you're
playing things like Salt Creek or Old Joe
Clark.
Salt Creek could be.
[MUSIC]
Just a little flavor like that.
But, we're going to do a tune called
Cattle and the Cane.
And.
[MUSIC]
There are a lot of these lonesome old time
fiddle tunes that have the flatted seventh
and which, which is really handy in G
tuning because we have the flatted seventh
G here on the fifth string.
And, on the open third string here.
[MUSIC]
So,
[MUSIC]
here's the major set, major chord,
I'm sorry, major scale.
[MUSIC]
The flatted seventh.
[MUSIC]
And, that's a ma, a minor scale because.
[MUSIC]
With Cattle and
the Cane in the A section is in A-major,
and, the B section is in A-minor.
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[MUSIC]
So here's Cattle in the Cane.
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So again we're primar,
primarily using just the A major and A
minor scales here.
So you start with.
[MUSIC]
And
then spread out like this as I was
earlier.
[MUSIC]
So.
Middle on the fifth fret of the second
string.
Pinky on the seventh fret of the fourth
string.
[MUSIC]
Let go of the pinky and
go up to the index on the fourth fret of
the first string.
[MUSIC]
Then I do a backward roll.
With the middle finger inside.
[MUSIC]
And I have the full A chord down here.
With the ring on the sixth fret of the
third string.
[MUSIC]
And
then we just did a little bit of four in a
row.
[MUSIC]
And
that's because we're doing it right here.
We're doing.
[MUSIC]
Each of those strings consecutively.
Fourth third second first strings.
[MUSIC]
And then you go open.
[MUSIC]
Now
here's a little interesting fingering
thing.
Middle thumb index thumb.
[MUSIC]
Repeat this.
Slide the middle finger up to the seventh
fret of the second string.
Add the ring on the seventh fret of the
first string.
[MUSIC]
And
pinky on the ninth fret of the first
string.
[MUSIC]
Little single string lick there.
[MUSIC]
Then
the B
part.
[MUSIC]
You have an octave.
You're going into A minor now.
[SOUND] So the pinky is on the.
Seventh fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
And
the ring goes to the seventh fret of the
fourth string.
[MUSIC]
Now shift to the ring on
the seventh fret of the fourth string
here.
This is the third measure of part A.
[MUSIC]
And
I'm borrowing the index across the first
three strings of the fifth fret.
Giving you an A minor chord.
[MUSIC]
And
you have the middle on the tenth fret of
the second string.
[MUSIC]
Now add
the ring on the tenth fret of the first
string.
[MUSIC]
To the ninth fret of the first
string with the index.
[MUSIC]
Index and pinky.
[MUSIC]
And so on and
so forth.
So here one more time.
[MUSIC]
Cattle in the Cane.
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[MUSIC]
So after you've worked with this for
a while why don't you send me a video so
I can have a sense of how you're doing
with it.
It's a little bit more complicated than
some of the other things we've done.
But it's a great tune and worth the
effort.
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