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Banjo Lessons: Melodic Style Part 10: “Redwing”

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[MUSIC]
This is the melodic version of Red Wing,
and this is my arrangement.
And it's just sort of nonstop melodics.
So, you know work up the Scruggsy Red Wing
with all the quarter notes for
bringing out the melody.
And this is non stop flow of melodic
licks.
And if you're a little, you know?
If you're a little shaky on the melodics,
go back to melodics and
just work up the first, you know?
First couple little of lessons of that
just to get it in your fingers.
It's not really tricky, once you've got
melodics down, this should be fairly easy.
[MUSIC]
This is hypothetically, hypothetically
what a mandolin or fiddle might play on
this, filling up all the spaces.
Instead of using, chord tones to fill out
the spaces, they're using quarter notes.
It's all, just a big string of eighth
notes or
sixteenth notes depending on how you look
at it.
[MUSIC]
So, I'm going to index, and
I'm using the pinky.
Don't be afraid, to use your pinky.
It will atrophy away to nothing if you
don't use it.
[MUSIC]
It will be a vestigial organ and
will disappear by the time you're in your
70s or 80s,
so I'm trying to save your pinky for you.
[MUSIC]
Pinky.
Pinky.
And it may feel weak, but it won't get
strong unless you use it.
[MUSIC]
Middle, and then I use the middle again,
middle, pinky
[MUSIC]
And then you're on the C chord.
[MUSIC]
So, you know,
you're sort of playing around bar
position.
Middle, middle index, middle, and I would
go to the ring there.
Better economy of motion.
Middle, middle, I'm just talking about the
left hand right now, obviously.
Middle, and I'm letting go each time here,
separation of notes.
It's measure 30 I, I'm not sure which
measure this is gonna be,
I have a different numbering system here
but.
[MUSIC]
This is the D7 through D, middle, let go,
bring it back down.
I actually let go both times.
Pinky let go, middle.
[MUSIC]
And
I use the pinky for each of those and let
go each time.
[MUSIC]
As opposed to
[MUSIC]
So you know how that sound.
It's a little, crisper and cleared to just
let go each time.
Again separation of notes is what you're
going for here.
[MUSIC]
And then for this.
[MUSIC]
I would use like, is, you're kind
of working out of your F position A chord
and I would use that position as such.
[MUSIC]
We get a lot of letting go.
And then you just start again.
[MUSIC]
A little single string thing at the end.
[MUSIC]
Now this is a little,
I like this little thing here.
This is a separation of notes deal.
[MUSIC]
We have an octave.
This is going, a separation of notes, I'm
sorry.
It's alter what do you call this?
[MUSIC]
Where one,
it's it's converging lines basically.
This is going down.
[MUSIC]
Dun, dun, dun.
And the bottom, line is going dun, dun,
dun.
Put them together.
[MUSIC]
Contrary motion.
That's the word that was eluding me.
[MUSIC]
And
then at that point we hit that C chord.
You're just going to go back to the
Scruggs version and play that C part.
Unless you wanna come up with your own
arrangement which I highly
recommend that you do.
Okay so there it is and for this I'm going
pinkie and then the pinkie goes down.
Index gets added, pinkie goes down one
more fret and
you're using the open second string to C.
[MUSIC]
There it is, so
here's the melodic version one more time.
[MUSIC]
All right just jamming out a little bit on
the B part there.
So I hope you enjoyed the melodic version
of redwing.
[MUSIC]