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Banjo Lessons: “Devil's Dream” - Variations

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[MUSIC]
All right, here are a series of three
variations on Double Stream.
And the first one and
actually the last one also used groups of
five to throw off D.
And make ambiguous where the time is, all
that sort of thing.
So, I'm taking the basic Gs of double
stream.
[MUSIC]
But rather than having groupings of four.
One [SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three. [SOUND]
Four.
[SOUND] One. [SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four. [SOUND] One. [SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] In this case, I'm going one.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] And then I start, start it again.
One. [SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] But when you put that together,
you got-
[MUSIC]
And then,
I add this to the end to fill out the 16
notes.
You need in the two measures.
[MUSIC]
So, you've got-
[MUSIC]
Which to my ears
sounds just like ambiguous.
Like, what have they done to my song?
As the song used to go-
[MUSIC]
So, that's the first part.
The first two measures.
Then, the next two measures are-
[SOUND] Instead of-
[MUSIC]
You're going-
[MUSIC]
And that comes out 16 notes, miraculously.
One. [SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four. [SOUND] Five. [SOUND] Six.
[SOUND] Seven.
[SOUND] Eight.
[SOUND] One.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Thr-
It's hard to do this.
[LAUGH] One.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] Six.
[SOUND] Seven.
[SOUND] Eight.
[SOUND] One.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] Six.
[SOUND] Seven.
[SOUND] Eight.
[SOUND] Two grouping up at eight.
So, you're doing,
you're catching the essence of what's
going on in this next section.
[MUSIC]
But instead of doing that you're going-
[MUSIC]
That's the first five notes.
One. [SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four. [SOUND] Five. [SOUND] One.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] One.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] So, it's one.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] And then you repeat that, one.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] But you stack then together and
you get-
[MUSIC]
Sorry.
[MUSIC]
To fill it out.
[MUSIC]
And you have a-
[MUSIC]
An inside forward roll.
Fourth.
[SOUND] Third.
[SOUND] Second string.
[SOUND] Thumb.
[SOUND] Index.
[SOUND] Middle.
[MUSIC]
And
then you repeat the first one again for
the next two measures.
[MUSIC]
And
then the last two measure are standard.
[MUSIC]
Nothing scary there so,
slow down once again it's-
[MUSIC]
[INAUDIBLE] One.
Two.
Three.
And-
[MUSIC]
So, on this section-
[MUSIC]
I have the index there.
[SOUND] Then, I'm adding the ring on the
fourth fifth fret of the third string.
[MUSIC]
If you wanted-
[MUSIC]
You could use your middle on the fifth
fret of the third.
The way my hand works.
It feels more comfortable to use the ring.
[SOUND] So one more time, up the tempo.
[MUSIC]
It's kind of a cool little thing.
Groups of five are really fun to fool
around with.
Then, the next thing, I came up with.
Interestingly, I did these as variations
for video exchanges.
On people would sent in doubles stream, I
think they were okay.
What can I do to change this around and
make it a little bit different.
That's how I came up, actually with this
one and the ne, the one I just did and
this one I'm about to do.
And I started thinking, well-
[MUSIC]
How would this sound up an octave?
[MUSIC]
Well, you can do that-
[MUSIC]
Or-
[MUSIC]
You can do that.
And then, you can do-
[MUSIC]
You could also go-
[MUSIC]
Down here some-
[MUSIC]
Three different octaves.
So, I figured, why not just do that as one
of the variations.
[MUSIC]
Slightly different ending on
that from [INAUDIBLE] the one we just did
before, this with a groupings of five.
This is, is this has no groupings of five.
No odd time signatures.
Nothing like that.
It's just the three octaves.
[MUSIC]
So up here-
[MUSIC]
For the first one,
I have the ring on the 17th fret of the
first string.
[SOUND] Have the thumb around the 16th
fret of the fifth string.
[SOUND] Back to the first string.
[SOUND] 17th fret.
[SOUND] And then the index is sitting
handily on the 15th fret of
the second string.
[MUSIC]
And then,
also handily you have the open fifth
string.
[MUSIC]
To do the standard double stream
in the way we all know and love it.
The way Bill Keith originally recorded it
for Bill Monroe in 1963.
[MUSIC]
And then the low octave-
[MUSIC]
Open third.
[SOUND] Fourth fret of the fourth.
You could use-
Index or middle or whatever you wanna use
it.
[MUSIC]
Open third, open fourth.
[MUSIC]
And
then just this little melodic fragment.
[MUSIC]
And then this is pretty standard.
[MUSIC]
Some middle on the fifth fret
of the third.
[MUSIC]
Index.
[SOUND] I'm sorry.
[SOUND] Fifth fret of the third.
[SOUND] Open second.
[SOUND] Pinky on the seventh fret of the
fourth.
[MUSIC]
[INAUDIBLE]
[MUSIC] Two times.
[MUSIC]
Third time.
[MUSIC]
I opted to have a little more open space.
[MUSIC]
Quarter note.
[SOUND] Open second string.
[SOUND] Quarter note.
[SOUND] Open first string.
[MUSIC]
To give you plenty of time to get back up
here and continue.
[MUSIC]
So,
middle on the fifth fret of [INAUDIBLE]
third.
[SOUND] Open second.
[SOUND] Pinky on the second fret of the
fourth.
[SOUND] Open second.
[SOUND] Middle on the fifth fret of the
third.
[SOUND] Open first.
[SOUND] [NOISE] It's 11th first frets and
third frets.
Middle finger on the fifth fret of the
second.
[SOUND] Index on the fourth fret of the,
of the first.
[MUSIC]
Okay so, one more time it's-
[MUSIC]
Sorry.
[MUSIC]
That's a fun one.
I, i like both of these actually.
For the last variation, the third
variation,
i'm gonna do a groupings of five.
As I did with the first variation but, in
a different way.
I'm going to be using the single string
style.
And it sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
So, you're gonna go-
[MUSIC]
With that grouping of five right there.
One. [SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] One.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three. [SOUND] Four. [SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] One. [SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four. [SOUND] Five. [SOUND] But
you add one note-
[SOUND] At the end of that.
So, you have 16 notes in those two
measures.
So, it's one finger per fret.
I've got the middle on the fifth fret-
[SOUND] Of the fourth string.
[SOUND] Down to the fourth fret of the
fourth string.
[SOUND] Middle to index-
[SOUND] On the left hand.
[MUSIC]
Then index-
[SOUND] Comes to the fourth fret of the
third pinky-
[SOUND] On the seventh fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
One.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] Then repeat it.
One. [SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] And then repeat it a third time.
One.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] We go back to the fourth fret of
he third string which gives you the 16
notes.
[MUSIC]
And it's thumb.
[SOUND] Index.
[SOUND] Thumb.
[SOUND] Index.
[SOUND] Thumb.
[SOUND] Index.
[SOUND] And those are not the lyrics, but-
[MUSIC]
It's always alternating thumb and
index in this case.
And then for the D seventh or A Minor,
depending on which chord you choose to
back this up with.
[MUSIC]
And, again, groupings of five.
One. [SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four. [SOUND] Five. [SOUND] One.
[SOUND] Two. [SOUND] Three. [SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five. [SOUND] One. [SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three. [SOUND] Four. [SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] Six.
[SOUND] To give you the 16th note again.
And this time i'm going middle.
[SOUND] Index.
[SOUND] Middle.
[SOUND] Six.
[SOUND] Seven.
[SOUND] Six on the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
Index on the fifth fret of the third.
[SOUND] pinky on the ninth fret of the
third.
[SOUND] Back to the fifth fret of the
third.
[MUSIC]
Repeat it.
[MUSIC]
Repeat it.
[MUSIC]
Fifth fret of the third, to end with.
So- One. [SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five. [SOUND] One. [SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five. [SOUND] One. [SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] Three.
[SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] Five.
[SOUND] Six.
[SOUND] Then you go back to the first one.
[MUSIC]
Now i'm
ending with the index at the fourth fret
of the third string.
Now, this is a little awkward but I put
the middle-
[SOUND] On the fifth fret of the third
string.
[MUSIC]
And, then,
I slide the index down quickly to the
second fret of the third string.
[MUSIC]
And then-
[MUSIC]
Ring.
[SOUND] Index.
[SOUND] Ring.
[SOUND] Those are the fret, left hand
fretted notes.
And then-
[MUSIC] Zero. [SOUND] Four.
[SOUND] On the third string.
[SOUND] Two on the third string.
[SOUND] Back to the fourth fret of the
fourth with the ring.
[MUSIC]
So, the whole thing is-
[SOUND] We'll slowed down.
It's one.
Two.
Three.
Four.
[MUSIC]
And a little bit faster.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Well, have fun with double stream.
Go to the Melodic version in the
Intermediate zone.
Right-
[INAUDIBLE] Kind of towards the beginning
of the Melodic style lessons there.
Work up the basic double stream, and
then you can throw some of these in as
variations.
Hope you enjoy them.
[MUSIC]