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Banjo Lessons: Transposing 2: “I'll Fly Away” (Key of C)

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How does I'll Fly Away sound in C?
Well here's a version that I came up with,
again playing the syllables.
Now if you're trying to do this on your
If you're trying to find out how I can
a way to play this in a different key.
Well you could do a number of things but,
at least to get yourself started,
where is the first note?
You wanna know, where's the first note.
In G, so
First melody note is really
the open second string.
[SOUND] I am starting with a slide and the
G version of it.
But the melody knows it's really,
the open second string which is a B note,
which is the third note of your G scale.
So in the key of C, [SOUND] It's gonna be
the same thing.
You wanna start with the third note of the
C scale.
So here's the C note right here on the
second string, first fret.
That's C.
Now if you go up, the sale, the scale.
Do re mi fa so la te do.
Do re me, one two three.
And the third note of the scale is the
first string, second fret.
So that's the note you want to start with.
It's the same melody note, relatively
speaking, as the open second string in G.
Except now you're in C so it's gonna be
first string, second fret.
Interestingly with this tune.
The first five notes
of the tune are just open notes of the, in
G, it's just the open notes of a G chord.
It's the second string.
[SOUND] Third, fourth, and third.
[SOUND] It's the third note of the scale.
[SOUND] First note of the scale.
[SOUND] And the fifth note of the scale.
Below the, the tonic go here.
So the same thing in C.
just play a c chord and the melody note
You're just playing a C chord.
It's the first string, second string,
third string, second string.
Now to bring a little more panache, a
little more flair,
to the melody I'm hitting the fifth
So it's not just.
alternating quarter notes from the fifth
And now just basic melody.
I'm just playing the melody.
Two, one, two, thee on the first string.
since I've already got my index on the
first fret of the second string.
[SOUND] I, I still have it there and so
I'm just collapsing the index into a
little bar across the first two strings.
[SOUND] Back to your C.
I mean to your E note.
[SOUND] Second part of the first string.
[SOUND] I'm adding the pinkie here.
Don't be afraid to use your pinkie.
It's good to keep that strong.
So I'm doing a hammer on.
[SOUND] Cuz that brings a little more of
the melody out.
And Earl does a lot of that hammering on
zero to two on the first string when he's
playing in C.
And then a forward roll.
Now you're on F
So for
the F chord [SOUND] I'm just using a
quarter note for the melody.
Now just doing three forward rolls
and I am.
And bringing out that melody note of the
first fret of the second string.
I just keep hitting that.
I keep the index down,
I don't let go of that.
that hammer on zero to two on the third
You're using your thumb on the right hand.
just keep down the index through the whole
And it's not a, it's not a fast hammer-on.
It's two eighth notes.
Back to C
And I still have that index finger down on
the first fret of the second string.
I'm just hammering on zero to two on the
fourth string of the middle finger.
then I bring the middle over to the second
fret of the third string.
This is a good reason why,
rather than using the middle finger on the
first string which some people do.
In this case in particular.
You have to be using your ring finger
which is pretty awkward.
If you use the ring finger on the first
The mid,
the middle finger is right there ready to
So I'm a firm believer, and again I'm sure
I've said this elsewhere in these lessons,
in using the ring finger on the first
string instead of the middle when you're
playing C.
keep hammering on into that melody note.
Here's a little melodic lick.
In the melodic style and
just using the middle finger on the fifth
fret of the third string.
In the melodic style and just using the
middle finger
on the fifth fret of the third string.
Now let go of it immed, immediately so we
have a little bit of a punctuation.
Separation of notes.
And back to the C.
A little filler.
once up the tempo without talking and slow
without talking.
And notice that,
my index finger has not left my hand, nor
has it left the fingerboard, until I go to
the melodic lick.
On the G chord.
Now slowed down.