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Banjo Lessons: D Tuning Part 3: “Soldier's Joy” 1

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another tune in D tuning, Soldier's Joy.
Soldier's Joy is usually done in the key
of D, and
it works really nicely in D tuning.
I actually worked out, another version of
this in D tuning for
a homespun video that I did.
But I'm wanted to come up with something a
little different, and
this is even easier then the version I had
for homespun tapes.
It has a lot of open strings, like the
first half of the A part just,
there's no fretting of anything, it's just
But before we get to that, I've thrown in
a few melodic licks here.
Because D tuning has a lot of
possibilities for melodics.
So before we get to the tune, I'm just
gonna have you play a melodic D scale.
And again,
everything kind of moves over a string in,
in I'm not gonna play it would be too,
It's not so bad after all.
You'd be doing something like that, but
just move it over a string.
Instead of starting on the fifth string
you're gonna start on the first string.
But let's get to that from the bottom up,
And to start with the index finger.
You're doing a little single string down
Index, thumb, index, thumb, index, thumb,
index, middle, and then down.
Now to extend it,
because I need to extend it a little bit
to play a couple of things in the B part.
And the A part too, for
that matter, and then you go back down,
I'm just going up to the seventh fret of
the second string you're just carrying the
D scale up a little bit farther.
and once you get that into your fingers,
the melodic aspects of Soldier's Joy will
be a little bit easier.
Okay, so here's Soldier's Joy up to tempo.
At least one version of up to tempo and
then, I'll break it down.