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Banjo Lessons: Melodic Style: “Skip to My Lou” (Key of D)

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And here's Skip to My Lou, the Melodic
Style there of Part 2.
This time I'm in the Key of D.
Trying to do is kinda stretch out our
Melodic Style.
Playing a little bit here.
It's such a great way to play Fiddle
And a lot of D Fiddle Tunes.
But in this case instead of doing that
we're doing kind of a slow moving melody.
And filling in the spaces in between.
Taking a song rather than a Fiddle Tune
which tends to be a very
notey kind of a tune for the most part.
And again for the Melodic Style, we're
dealing with scales more than chords.
So, we're gonna play a D scale to do this.
And in this case, we can do a two measure.
I'm sorry.
Two octave D scale.
There's the first octave.
And then the second.
Going back down.
You can only do this with the,
a single-string style.
Thumb, index, thumb.
And I use the pinky on the seventh fret of
the fourth.
Ring on the sixth fret of the third.
Middle on the fifth fret of the second.
Index on the fourth fret of the first.
So, it's one finger per fret.
Ring on the seventh.
I'm sorry, pinky on the seventh.
Ring on the third.
Middle on the second.
Index on the first.
Open fifth.
Now you have your middle and
index already sitting there on the first
two strings.
So slide them up to the tenth fret of the
And then the pinky on the eleventh fret of
the first, fifth, I should say.
then the pinky on the twelfth fret of the
now to play the Melodic version of Skip to
My Lou in D, you got-
So, you're using this position.
Right there,
that part of the continuing, going up into
the next octave D scale.
Starting with that back and forth.
First second first fifth.
In the sixth fret of the third string.
Again you're just embellishing the melody.
Then I use the pinky and ring for those
two notes there.
On the first two strings seventh fret.
So you're playing in to an A chord.
I'm doing middle, index, middle, ring,
open, ring, pinky.
It's fairly a straight ahead theme.
Just using a little bit the positions are
not that complicated.
You're not jumping all over the neck.
So, very slowly it's-
All right, Skip to My Lou in the Melodic
Style in D.