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Banjo Lessons: “Worried Man Blues”

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I love playing Worried Man Blues,
ever since I was a Kingston Trio Fan in
the early folk days.
And they did Worried Man Blues with two
They had plectramana a five string banjo,
so I've been a big fan of this tune.
Uh,it, Pete Seeger plays it.
It's played by a million different people.
There, there's some inspiration here from
Sonny Osborne.
Some of my own stuff.
So, it's just a, kinda straight ahead
version of the tune very bluegrassy.
It's not quite playing the syllables.
It's not like you're getting every single
note, but it,
there's a certain closeness to the, to the
So, it's forward backward roll for
measure two.
4th, 3rd, 1st, 5th, 1st, 3rd, 4th.
Then bring the thumb over to the 3rd
string, which is an Earl sort of thing to
Then two forward rolls.
Five, three, one, five, three, one.
Just open.
And then another forward-backward roll,
with a slide and a pull off at the end.
Sorry, slide at the beginning.
Forward roll, 2nd, 1st, 5th.
1st, 2nd, the backward roll.
Three to two pull up.
Open third with the thumb on
the third string.
Again, some on the 3rd string,
two forward rolls.
And then the C chord.
And the other forward-back roll,
you're just hammering on zero to, zero to
two on the 4th string.
So 4th with the hammer-on.
4th, 2nd, 1st, 5th.
1st, 2nd, 4th, 1st.
3rd string.
Two more forward rolls where you're just
holding the C chord, 5th, 3rd, 1st, 5th,
3rd, 1st.
And again, this is a case where.
I'm playing a whole full C chord here, but
you're only fretting the 2nd fret of the
1st string according to the tablature.
So you can get the sense of the C
carrying over, and then even though you're
still on C.
This is what Sonny does, Sonny Osborne.
He slides forward and back roll, backward
roll, again.
Slide into the forward roll,
backward roll coming out of it.
And then it repeats.
that's forward backward roll again with
slide and pull off.
Quarter, 5th, 1st, 4th fret of the 4th,
pinch the 1st and the 3rd with the.
The middle and thumb.
And then forward backward roll on the D
another one going down to the fourth
Then add a two to three slide.
Forward backward roll.
In to the pull off.
And then this cad lick.
So that's Worried Man Blues.
Just a very Bluegrassy version of it.
And one more time up to tempo.
Okay, Worried Man Blues.
Hope you enjoy it.