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Banjo Lessons: Bela Scale Technique

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Bela Fleck
showed me a very handy technique a while
back.
It does something like this.
[MUSIC]
It has a very melodic sound,
but it uses Scruggsie rolls, a lot of
forward rolls.
That sort of thing.
And here's the basic right-hand deal.
[MUSIC]
So
hit the first string and then two four,
then one forward roll.
Fifth, second, first.
Then fifth, second another forward,
another two forward rolls, so.
[MUSIC]
And here's the technique right up here.
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So
what you're doing is, you're taking
various portions of chord positions.
In this case you, F position G chord up
here between the 15th and 17th frets.
Have the pinky at the 17th fret, 17th fret
of the first string.
Middle on the 15th fret of the second.
Have the index on the 17th fret of the
fifth string.
I'm sorry, 14th fret of the fifth string.
[MUSIC]
Then hit the open
fifth string which gives you a chance to
shift down.
[MUSIC]
And
move your pinkie and middle just down
exactly three frets.
[MUSIC]
Shift with the open fifth string.
Move down to the 12th and 14th frets of
the first two strings.
Add the index on the 12th fret of the
fifth string.
And then, just do a little melodic tag
ending.
Now, if you go.
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Then, move it up,
move it down two frets, the whole thing.
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You have a G, F progression which
is very handy for Little Maggie.
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So, and there are many other uses.
Again, this works in C, or it can work in
F or D.
It has a lot of practical applications.
You can just work up, way up the neck like
this.
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So.
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That's just a little bit of G and C.
Just to give you a, another flavor of what
you could do with this technique.
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