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Banjo Lessons: E Minor Part 1: “Pretty Polly” (Down the Neck)

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right this is part of the request portion
of the show.
And I've been getting a lot of requests
for lessons, which is great.
And one of the requests was, do something
in, was, something about minor keys.
This was from Brian Gillespie, and Brian
thank you for your, for your suggestion.
When I did the first 150 or so lessons,
there just wasn't a chance to get
everything in there.
So, I'm trying to fill in the, fill in
some of the spaces now.
And so, I'm gonna start in the key of E
There's a lot of great stuff in minor
And even though in bluegrass,
there's not as much as there is major key
stuff for sure.
But one of the tunes that, it's just an
old mountain tune really,
probably coming from English murder ballad
But a tune called Pretty Polly.
And that works really nice with a minor
Now, in the minor, to get a minor chord,
all you're, all you're doing is taking.
Cuz you're taking
the basic G major triad, or a G chord.
And, which is made up of the first,
third and fifth notes of the G scale.
Do, re, mi, fa, so, one, two, three,
four, five.
So you have one, three, and five, those
are the degrees of the G scale, and
you flat the second string, in this case
B, which is the third note of the scale.
Do re mi
Suddenly you have with g minor chord.
So get back to G here.
But for starters and for
these minor lessons I'm gonna be doing
right now,
I'm gonna be doing playing out of the key
of E minor.
So to get your E major chord.
If you don't know the E major chord, just
play a C chord.
[SOUND] And move your index finger over
one string to the third string first fret.
[SOUND] And you can ignore the fifth
[SOUND] So that's an E-major chord and
here's the E note right here.
And G-sharp and B,
those are the three notes.
The inside three strings that give you
an E-major chord.
So it's do, re, mi, one, two, three.
Third note of the scale is a G-sharp in
this case.
So as we just did with the G to the G
minor, you flat the third
note of the scale, do re mi, which means
just lift off your index finger.
And there's your full,
it's like a C chord with the index taken
off or the, again,
the E chord that I just described with the
index finger taken off.
That's an E minor chord that you hear in
Foggy Mountain Breakdown.
So, again for E.
Here's E major.
Do, re, mi.
That's the first measure on the tablature.
And for the E minor, again you're just.
So, I'm talking about pentatonic scales,
which they work very well over minor
So for the E minor chord.
That's the third measure, I'm sorry,
the second measure in the tablature where
you just hit that low E note.
Open third, second fret of the third
Open second and open first.
You could also start with the open fourth
A lot of these notes appear
in Pretty Polly.
So, I'm gonna play Pretty Polly for you
right now.
And then I'll talk about it.
And then you can go around again.
So really all I'm doing is.
Pretty Polly, pretty Polly.
Come go along with me.
So it starts with pretty, those are the
melody notes, Polly, pretty Polly.
I'm really just working out of that E
minor shape, and lifting
off the middle finger and moving it over
to the second fret of the third string.
Lot of alternating thumb rolls here.
And in measure eight I'm just filling
then hammer on into the alternating thumb
I'm going to the G chord now,
you're just playing G licks, G Scruggsy
So, that's measure 13.
You're going.
A little syncopation.
And then.
You're still on E minor, but
you're playing a G lick.
As if you're,
as if you're starting to play Shucking The
Corn or something.
So this is all played against the E minor.
That's measure fifteen.
' Kay, so let's do that again.
And that works nicely for down the neck.