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Banjo Lessons: “Home Sweet Home”

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[MUSIC]
Hi, folks.
Happy Halloween.
I'd like to play for you a tune called,
the house is haunted,
which was written in 1886 by George C
Dobson for the Banjo.
And it just [SOUND] Seems appropriate I'm
playing on my Deering and
John Hartford model.
With nylon strings.
[SOUND] With a kind of more mellow sound.
[SOUND] So, this is the house is haunted.
[MUSIC]
So, what am I doing here?
Okay, for starters,
I'm barring the index across the first
three strings, for the C chord.
[SOUND] And I hit it again, I'm hitting
just with the index, middle and thumb.
All three at the same time.
[SOUND] It's a lead in like, one, two,
three, [SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] One, [SOUND] Two,.
[SOUND] And so forth.
So it's
[MUSIC]
It's just adding the pinky on the seventh.
Fret of the first string for the melody
note.
[MUSIC]
And then,
[SOUND] This is a nice position for a G
seventh.
Middle on the [SOUND] Second fret, I'm
sorry,
fifth fret [SOUND] Of the first string.
Ring on the second string, sixth fret.
[SOUND] Index on the third string, fourth
fret.
[SOUND]
And then add the pinky, which is a little
bit of a twist here, [SOUND] Onto the
seventh fret of the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
And
then add the pinky on the seventh fret of
the first string.
[SOUND] And now switch [SOUND] You're
still in G seventh.
Pinky on the ninth fret of the first
string,
index on the sixth fret of the second
string.
[MUSIC]
And
that sixth there, [SOUND] The sixth fret
of the second string.
[SOUND] Which is the flatted seventh, F,
stays throughout [SOUND] The whole
measure.
[SOUND]
I'm arpeggiating that.
Here it's written just as a pinch.
[SOUND] I like kind of doing a quick
arpeggio.
[MUSIC]
And then repeat.
[SOUND] Now you're hitting the fourth
string.
[MUSIC]
Here's, [COUGH] excuse me,
a different kind of a G seventh with the
pinkie on the first string, ninth fret.
Next [SOUND] On the second string.
Sixth fret, middle finger on the seventh
fret of the fourth string.
[SOUND]
So
[MUSIC]
Up to a C chord,
down one fret [SOUND] To a B chord.
And then [SOUND] Bar the index across the
first two strings of the seventh fret.
[SOUND]
F position G chord.
[SOUND] And D minor position.
Three, three, and two.
[SOUND] And now you're on G,.
[SOUND] I'm kinda calling it an E minor.
[MUSIC]
To a G.
[MUSIC]
This would be G sixth here.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
[SOUND] The sixth note of the scale.
[MUSIC]
Back to this position,.
[SOUND] Fourth string.
[MUSIC]
All the same.
[MUSIC]
Now rather than doing all pinches or
just two notes at a time, it's, it's like
a three note [SOUND] Chord.
[MUSIC]
Just the two notes,.
[SOUND] Three note chord.
[MUSIC]
Back to this.
[MUSIC]
And this is kind of a,
it is not only is kind of, it is, an
augmented chord, augmented six [SOUND].
Where you take the fifth note of the
scale.
One, two, three, four, five.
[SOUND] And move it up a fret.
Create some tension [SOUND] And resolves
into s Kind of an [SOUND] F,
F6, [SOUND] Or you can call it a D minor.
[SOUND] So,.
[MUSIC]
Now use the pinky,
[SOUND] Ring, I'm sorry.
Pinky, middle, and ring.
[SOUND] For the seventh,.
[SOUND] Sixth, [SOUND] And seventh [SOUND]
Frets of the first, second, and
third strings.
[SOUND] And bring the index down to the
fifth fret of the fourth string, but
you can wait to do that.
[MUSIC]
And then I keep the pinky and
[SOUND] Add the ring up here at the tenth
fret.
[MUSIC]
And then I use pinky and ring,.
[SOUND] Pinky and ring, [SOUND] Pinky and
ring.
[SOUND] Back to your F position C chord.
[SOUND] Let's see, if I can get through
this one more time.
So, it's the house is haunted.
[MUSIC]
There you have it, your scary, not so
scary, house is haunted for Halloween.
Enjoy.
[MUSIC]