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Banjo Lessons: Transposing 1: “I'll Fly Away” (Key of G)

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already have a couple of lessons dealing
with transposing.
Wherein you play something in one key, and
then you can play the same tune in another
key, we did it with Turkey In The Straw.
And we've done it with some other places
too I wanna take I'll Fly Away.
A wonderful gospel tune that I love to
play, and Earl Scruggs has recorded this.
And again, we're so caught up in playing
in G all the time.
What about playing it in C, or in this
case, when,
I will talk about that in a moment.
But also, playing it in D.
Let's try it in the three keys.
Just the simple, basic break for it.
Just to give you a flavor of what he can
And we'll start with a with the just the
basic G break.
I know,
I'm not
a great
I know that.
But I've had some people say they like it
when I sing.
They might not like quality of my voice
they at least like to be able to hear what
the melody is.
So, I don't think I played that exactly
the way it's written.
But pretty close.
Just to give you the idea.
So again, without any rolls the melody is.
So that's what we're playing.
That's the basic, basic melody, and I'm
Scruggs to find it.
Instead of just hitting the second string,
I'm m and again, this is playing the
Trying to play the words you could do it
more with.
You have a lot of flow like that and,
and that can be great too.
Bobby Thompson and Bobby Thompson did a
lot of that and
JD Crow once in awhile would do something
like that.
But I, I kind of for
our purposes here like the idea of having
more quarter notes.
Just have things be a little more it's
where the melody's a little more
apparent, so.
So up the tempo.
So again, you have the slide.
Some, bring out the melody note.
Again fifth and
first filling out the space.
All quarter notes.
And there's
a little slide pull off in the midst or a,
or put on to a forward backward roll.
Now here's a case,
the beginning of measure five.
Where, and I've mentioned this elsewhere
in these lessons,
where if you have a melody note and then
you start rolling off the melody note.
You want to bring out the melody note by,
in the roll, by having that note in the
Now here's an exception.
And this is just a personal whim, if you
For some reason when I'm doing this.
I like the idea of going to the second
string rather than bringing out the melody
on the third string.
And you could do that but
I like the sound of this better.
I think if you hit that third string loud
enough that'll ring across.
And then you have the second string to
make it a little.
A little fuller, bring out more of the
Then I'm bringing
bringing out the melody along with three
forward rolls, one, two.
And then I come back with the index.
And hammer-on.
That's the-
And again, more forward rolls.
Now right there.
I do a little single string thing.
Thumb, index, thumb, index, to the, I'm
using the pinkie.
You can use the ring if that's more
comfortable for you.
There's the middle and thumb for that
pinch cuz it's a good strong,
punchy thing to do.
And that tag ending.
So one more time.