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Banjo Lessons: Melodic Style Part 9: “Skip to My Lou” (Key of C)

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[MUSIC]
Okay, we've talked some about playing in C
and I wanna do some melodics in the key of
C.
And to do that, well, you need to start
with, well, that was Skip to My Lou.
That's where we are, we will be heading
here.
But I wanna play a C scale.
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Ascending and descending.
So, basically, it's just the do, ri, me
scale in the melodic style.
So, you have your middle finger on the
fifth fret of the third string.
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And
then I use the ring on the fifth fret of
the second.
Index on the third fret of the first.
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And
then I add my middle on the tenth fret on
the second.
Index on the ninth fret of the first.
Use the thumb on the tenth fret of the
fifth string.
If you have trouble with the thumb on the
fifth string,.
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You could maybe use the ring and
the index, or the ring and the, well,
probably the ring and the index.
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And get the middle over to the tenth fret
of the fifth string, but I like the thumb
if you can do that.
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Back down.
Even though we're not gonna be using all
these notes this time.
Just for a two slightly more expanded C
scale,
where you're going down to the lowest
note.
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You're
going up to the 12th fret of the first
string.
Just continuing on up the C scale.
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And back down.
So you're doing a single string on the
fourth string thumb.
Index, thumb, index, and then the pinky on
the seventh fret of the fourth string.
And then the rest is the same in the
middle here.
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Middle, ring, index, middle, index, and
the pinky on the 12th fret of the first
string.
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And then back down.
Thumb, index, thumb.
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So, to play the melodic version.
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Cuz
you're just taking the bare bones melody
and embellishing it.
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Kind of like a fiddle might do.
Used to call this style of banjo playing
baroque or rococo banjo,
very elaborate ornate style.
In a case like this you could hear where
they're going with that.
So.
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Again using
the fingers when you start the ring on
the.
Fifth fret of the second.
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Open first,
index on the third fret of the first.
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Thumb on the I'm sorry.
Middle on the fifth fret of the third
string.
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And
I still use the ring cuz it's already
there from the first couple of measures.
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Fifth fret of the second.
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Middle on the fifth fret of the third.
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Middle and I move the middle up one fret.
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To get a slightly chromatic feeling.
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Repeat.
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Down to a C with a couple pinches.
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So.
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Just a way to get your feet wet in the key
of C with the melodics.
Skip To My Lou.
Thanks.
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