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Banjo Lessons: “Salt River” - Key of A - No Capo

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Here's Salt River
in the key of A without a Capo.
I have a couple of tunes here,
and as time goes on I'll add more in
different keys without a Capo.
But, this is Salt River in A without a
You can use this as a break for Salt Creek
just fine.
And starting out.
with a regular A scale,
diatonic meaning do, re, mi scale.
Now, you,
I'm using the ring to grab the sixth fret
of the fifth string.
And, pinky up here.
Again, don't be afraid of using your
pinky, strengthening, you'll need it.
But the thing about the key of A.
[SOUND] You have all these great open
Like the G notes on the fifth and third
which give you the flatted seventh.
Which are perfect for tunes like Clarke or
Red Haired Boy, June Apple, things like
And again, in this case, Salt River.
So, here comes Salt River.
Key of A without a capo.
Here is Salt River slowed down.
And, doing that kind of a standard lead in
as you would do in G,
but you're doing it in A, so you're going
two, four, six.
I'm going index, middle, ring I guess.
Maybe, I didn't do that when I actually
played it but.
Maybe, it's index, ring, ring.
However you want to do it.
It'd be good to end up with your ring
here on the seventh fret of the fourth
string though.
Now, you're just kind of working out of
this, F position A, but lifting off
various fingers.
Like the second string.
Open first string.
End up going lifting off the ring each
time for the separation of notes, not
jumping down to the middle here.
You can use the index, whichever.
And then, since I'm using the middle, I'm
putting the ring one fret
higher to slide back up to the A position,
the position A chord.
Use the middle and index, pinky.
Keep the middle down in this case.
And, add the index on the fourth fret of
the third string.
Just open and then you repeat of course.
And, that takes us up to the B part.
Notice that's all virtually all with a
little bit of rolling melodic,
a lot of melodic stuff there in the key of
using the flatted seventh with the Gs and
the fourth with the open first string.
B part.
Just holding that, F position A
And then, I bring the index to the fifth
fret of the third string cuz I wanna slide
in to this A up here.
your D position A up here between the
ninth and eleventh frets.
And then, I just-
Throw away the index finger note from
the ninth fret.
Just slide it on down.
And then, just holding
the top part of a G chord.
I let go of it.
Each time,
as opposed to just holding it down.
Like, a little more, again,
in the separation of notes.
And then,
I get the middle on the tenth fret of the
middle slides down to the fifth fret.
Back to your F position A.
Again, into your A position,
D position A chord.
Keep the middle where it is,
add the ninth fret of the first string
with the index.
I use the ring on the 12th fret of the
first string, the fifth string.
It's a real stretch here.
Let go for the pinkie up here.
The 14th fret of the first string
And then, your back in second position.
then, I just, I have the middle on the
second fret of the third string.
I'm sorry.
Tenth fret of the second string
And, I bring the index over to the ninth
fret of the third string.
This is measure 23
While I keep the middle down.
And then, I grab the thumb onto the 11th
fret of the fifth string
And then, the ring and pinky up here.
Pinky on the twelfth fret of the first.
Ring on the twelfth fret of the second.
Just a descending scale pattern.
It gets easier and easier.
And then, you're just working out of this
F position A chord.
But, lifting off and adding fingers.
Put together.
Now, there's one little variation you
could use, if you'd care to, in the
beginning where you go.
Something I
came up with, I'm really happy with.
Separation of notes.
And, the index on the fifth
fret of the third string.
the middle on the sixth fret of the third
[MUSIC] Just a little touch there, just
for a slight variation.
There's Salt River.