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Banjo Lessons: “Happy Birthday” (Key of G)

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[MUSIC]
Is a tune beloved by millions.
I wish I had written and was collecting
royalties, I'd be very happy.
Anyway, Happy Birthday, I've had a number
of requests for Happy Birthday.
And I will be doing two versions.
This is the version in G.
Pretty straight ahead, scrugsy, rolly sort
of a thing.
So, it's just very straight ahead.
[MUSIC]
Happy birth, you're playing the syllables.
[MUSIC]
Two forward rolls, quarter.
[MUSIC]
Now you're playing the bottom part of a D
chord, with the index on the second fret
of the third string and
the ring on the fourth fret of the fourth
string.
[MUSIC]
Kind of a quarter note and then a forward,
turning into a backward roll.
[MUSIC]
Then going to the fifth string for
the next measure.
[MUSIC]
Another happy birth.
[MUSIC]
Day to.
Quarter notes with eighth notes.
[MUSIC]
Back to G.
[MUSIC]
And three forward rolls.
One, two, three, back to the third string.
[MUSIC]
Happy birthday.
Now I'm doing a pinch on the first two
strings.
Third fret of the second with a middle
finger.
Open first.
[MUSIC]
And two forward rolls.
So a quarter note.
Two forward rolls, alternating thumb
slide.
Quarter.
Two eighths.
[MUSIC]
So
I just have the ring on the fourth fret of
the fourth.
You can use the middle, it doesn't really
matter.
I like the ring.
[MUSIC]
And
then you're gonna go to a C cord with an
open first string.
So-
[MUSIC]
Forward into a backward roll.
Happy.
Bring the thumb down the the first.
I'm sorry, the first fret of the second
string.
[MUSIC]
Happy.
Now sliding into some rolls.
[MUSIC]
Fifth, first, thumb.
D seventh.
[MUSIC]
>> And then this all standard lick.
[MUSIC]
So that lick.
[MUSIC]
If you haven't learned that elsewhere in
these lessons, make sure you get that lick
down.
It's the most used lick in the entire
bluegrass banjo vocabulary.
[MUSIC]
That should be second nature to you.
And there are some variations on that like
ba-
[MUSIC]
Again, the thing that people have trouble
with is, the forward roll going in to the
third string.
Going back again as opposed to.
[MUSIC]
There seems to be this, in, in human DNA,
this thing where people wanna go.
[MUSIC]
After they do a forward roll.
[MUSIC]
They wanna go to the fifth string.
[MUSIC]
But we're gonna do some DNA engineering,
some genetic engineering to make you not
go to the fifth string, necessarily.
But go back to the third string with the
index.
[MUSIC]
So,
one more time slowly all the way through.
And then up the tempo.
[MUSIC]
Happy
birthday.
[MUSIC]