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Banjo Lessons: E Minor Part 2: “Pretty Polly” (Up the Neck)

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[MUSIC]
Can
also do an up the neck break by working
out of your E chord at the ninth fret.
[SOUND] You borrow your ninth fret.
That's an E chord right there.
Here's C at the fifth fret.
[MUSIC]
C, C-sharp, E, E-sharp, E.
[SOUND] Except again instead of playing
the E major,
you're gonna play the E minor so if you go
Do Re Mi.
[MUSIC]
You'll go to the eighth fret of the second
string instead of the ninth fret and
that way you're flatting the third note of
the scale.
[MUSIC]
And
measure 21 is Pretty Polly up the neck.
[MUSIC]
And I'll play it once for you, and
then we'll dissect it.
[MUSIC]
One thing you'll notice here that I'm, I'm
holding the middle finger down out of this
position where the index is on the eighth
fret of the second string, and the ring is
on the ninth fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
And that is,
because even though when you're playing
out of G I talked about in another lesson,
the idea of lifting your middle finger off
so you get a little more punch.
[MUSIC]
And
something like Sally Couldn't Hear, we are
actually playing in the key of E minor.
So you're in good shape if you keep the
middle finger down to create that E minor
chord.
Let me play this one time slowly.
[MUSIC]
One more time.
[MUSIC]
It is hard when you're playing up the neck
to watch the tablature and get the get the
fingering right.
I clammed on one note there but you get
the idea.
That's pretty much it.
[MUSIC]
So I'm going index to middle, and
now I'm in the E minor.
[MUSIC]
I
keep the ring as on the ninth fret of the
first string as a, as a anchor.
[MUSIC]
I'm going
to bring the index down to the seventh
fret of the third string in measure 23.
[MUSIC]
While I keep the ring down,
up to the middle.
[MUSIC]
And then back to the position.
[MUSIC]
Add the pinky.
And then I'm in the full E-minor position
with the middle back on the ninth fret of
the third string.
This is for measure 25 except I'm lifting
off my ring finger.
[SOUND] I like the sound of that.
I just decided to do that.
[MUSIC]
Just forward rolls.
[MUSIC]
And then ring and then I slide ten to 12.
[MUSIC]
And I'm just using the ring still for
the pinch at the first at the second
string, 15th fret.
So I'm getting the melody on the second
string here.
[MUSIC]
And using the first strings and
fifth strings as drone.
[MUSIC]
And
then I go back to the E minor position.
[MUSIC]
That's measure 30.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
Just hold that E minor position rolling,
doing forward and backward rolls,
different kinds over that.
Measure 32 add the pinky.
[MUSIC]
On the eleventh fret of the second
string bring it back down to the tenth and
then let go of it so
your index is just on the eighth fret of
the second.
[MUSIC]
Back to the full E minor.
And keep the ring down, move the index to
the seventh fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
Middle on the ninth fret of the first.
[MUSIC]
And then back to the position.
[MUSIC]
Lifting the ring.
[MUSIC]
So one more time, the whole thing.
[MUSIC]
All right.
For a variation, you can play a pentatonic
scale over the end of the solo.
Over measure 32.
So.
[MUSIC]
It
works if you play a G pentatonic scale
over this E minor.
And for the G pentatonic scale, and this
is measure 37.
Two measures, 37 and 38.
[MUSIC]
You're going to the first note of
the G scale, G.
[MUSIC]
Second note,
[MUSIC]
Third note, skip the fourth.
Go to the fifth.
[MUSIC]
Which is the first string, D.
Go to the sixth and skip the seventh.
So it's, the notes of the scale, the
degrees of the G scale that you're,
you're going to be using here are.
One, two, three, five, six.
And then starting again up here.
One, two, three, five, six, and I just go
back down.
[MUSIC]
Little Keith
uses a lot of pentatonic scales.
So anyway, measure 40.
For four measures we're gonna do this
pentatonic lick.
[MUSIC]
The, do that again a little more cleanly.
[MUSIC]
Okay, so,
this works over an E minor chord which has
to do with relative minors which I'm
not gonna get into right now, but just
know that it works.
And I'll play the whole thing one more
time, the up the neck break and
throw this in at at measure 32.
[MUSIC]
I forgot to do the, the melodic thing.
Okay, one more time
[MUSIC]
So that's Pretty Polly.
Enjoy.
[MUSIC]