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Banjo Lessons: “Golden Slippers” - Up The Neck

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[MUSIC]
There's
Golden
Slippers.
This is just one of those wonderful tunes,
I don't know where it comes from.
Just an old tune and
it works really nice, done as a fiddle
tune and it works very nice melodically.
And I'll just break it down section by
section.
The first section.
You're just.
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The entire first section I'm playing just
really within these three frets, right
here between the ninth and 11th frets.
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I have the middle on the tenth
fret of the second index on the ninth fret
of the first.
And I add the thumb to the tenth fret of
the fifth string here and there.
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All
of that has just been done on two frets.
And then I add the ring on the 11th fret
of the third string when I'm holding on to
these other strings.
And I bring the index down to the third
string here on the right hand.
And the left hand you're at the eleventh
fret. And then.
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Index comes back down to that
eleventh fret.
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Now don't keep that,
the ring down on the eleventh fret.
I just only put it down when I need it.
[MUSIC]
Let go.
[MUSIC]
Let go.
And then I bring it back down to do this
backward roll.
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So it's the backward roll.
In this case, it's, since it's a three
note backward roll, and you're starting on
the second string, you need to have the
middle there on the second string.
Then the ring on the sorry.
Then the index on the third string, then
the fifth string the thumb.
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Let go of the ring.
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And then it repeats.
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Now you have a, the, one, I'm sorry.
You have a first and second ending and for
the second ending you go.
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You have a two note lead in.
Fifth string and the fifth fret of the
second string.
And now you're getting a little bluegrassy
but
then you're going to get into some sixths
action, so you go.
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[MUSIC]
So to start the B section.
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Quarter
note on the first string a two to three
hammer on the second to the first string.
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Then I shift fifth string,
you do a forward roll, fifth string,
second string which I'm grabbing at the
third fret with the index finger.
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In the left hand then the pinky on
the fifth fret of the first string.
So.
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Now you have a big jump up to the ninth
fret and I use the pinky for that.
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Just jump way up there with the pinky
as a quarter note.
Then I bring the pinky down to the seventh
fret of the second string, of, I'm sorry,
the first string.
And pinch with the fifth strings here,
emphasizing the upbeat,
which is what Earl Scruggs does in Cripple
Creek and many other places.
It creates a nice syncopation.
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And
then the pinky down to the fifth fret of
the first string by itself.
And then.
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Down to the fourth fret with the fourth,
with the pinky on the fourth fret of the
first string.
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In unison with a pinch.
Not unison.
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But hardly unison.
But minor second actually.
So.
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Then doing the pinky on all those so
when I end up here.
I'm in good position to jump to the C
chord.
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So, C chord forward roll.
Another forward roll.
And in this case,
you're jumping to this position here which
is part of your C chord,
cause it's a C chord that you're on here.
C.
And you're jumping up to this C cord here,
this, the, first and third strings there
of.
You have the pinky on the fifth, I'm
sorry, tenth fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
Middle on the ninth fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
And I'm actually sliding.
[MUSIC]
Kind of from the second fret,
the middle finger just is right over the
second fret of the third string.
[MUSIC]
And I just kind of jump all the way up.
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[MUSIC]
Two to nine.
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And then another forward roll.
[MUSIC]
With the index on the seventh fret of
the third, pinky on the ninth fret of the
first.
These are the interval is called a Ninth.
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Then down two more frets so
the index is now on the fifth fret of the
third.
And the pinky's on the seventh fret of the
first.
[MUSIC]
Forward, forward, I'm sorry.
Forward, forward, pinch on the first and
third string.
Seventh fret of the first, fifth fret of
the third, pinky and index.
[MUSIC]
And then continuing down.
I have the pinky on the fifth fret of the
first and
index on the fourth fret of the third, so.
[MUSIC]
Down to a D chord here, with
the pinky on the fourth fret of the first,
index on the second fret of the third.
And I'm hitting the fourth string with
that.
It's got a nice rich, loamy sound.
Down to things.
So,
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now these
notes,
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these are all the interval of a third.
If you go from this note,
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it's one, two, three, four, five, six.
There's a grouping of six notes, or
the difference between these two, they're
one and six note run.
One two three four five six.
So that's called the Sixths.
Then you go to seven and nine on the
third.
First strings, respectively.
One two three five six.
So now the six would be down two frets and
still the sixth.
And then it's still a six when you got the
index on the fourth fret of the third and
the pinky on the first fret of the first.
[MUSIC]
And, in the lessons, you can find sixths.
I believe it's at the end of the
intermediary section.
[MUSIC]
And here's another sixth,
second fret of the third, pinky on the
fourth fret of the first.
So you're doing a pinch on the first,
third and fourth strings.
[MUSIC]
And then Fifth, third, first, fourth,
as you go up to the G position.
But you're really just carrying the melody
up here.
So now the sixth with the pinkie on the
fifth fret of the first.
Index on the fourth fret of the third.
So.
[MUSIC]
Up to the flatted seventh with a pinky on
the seventh fret of the first, index to
the fifth fret
of the third, open fourth quarter note,
pinch.
So that pinch then, fifth, third, first,
third, fourth, first and
then a melodic thing.
[MUSIC]
So you're going to go.
[MUSIC]
Fifth string open index on the seventh
fret of the second.
Ring on the ninth fret of the third.
So fifth second third second fifth second
fifth.
Second which is now the tenth fret of the
second string.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
And have the index on the ninth fret of
the first string.
[MUSIC]
So,
ninth fret of the first, tenth fret of the
second,
back to the ninth fret of the first, thumb
on the tenth fret of the first.
Backward roll nine ten on the first two
strings.
Fifth string.
Sorry, move the middle to the fifth fret
of the second string.
So.
[MUSIC]
And here's that same hammer on that we
started with in the B section.
[MUSIC]
It's all the same you've already had.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Now here you are on a D chord.
[MUSIC]
First.
[MUSIC]
Third.
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And fourth string,
with an open fourth string.
[MUSIC]
Oh, sorry.
[MUSIC]
And the fifth fret of
the first with the pinky, index on the
fourth fret of the third, and then.
[MUSIC]
Seventh fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
Fifth fret of the third.
So the fifth string quarter-note.
[MUSIC]
And then up to the C chord.
Ninth fret of the fir, tenth fret of the
first.
Ninth fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
Up to the tenth fret of the first,
ninth fret of the third.
And then
[MUSIC]
Back to this original position.
Ninth fret of the first, tenth fret of the
second.
[MUSIC]
Back to the first string, tenth fret.
Sorry, ninth fret.
Add the thumb on the tenth fret of the
fifth string.
[MUSIC]
Then a backward roll slowly,
quarter notes.
[MUSIC]
So first string,
ninth fret,
[MUSIC]
tenth fret of the second, open fifth.
[MUSIC].
That's the whole tune.
So I'll play a little slowly then up the
tempo.
[SOUND] Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Sorry.
[MUSIC]
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[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay, now, up the tempo.
One, two, three, four.
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[MUSIC]
Okay, there's the first version of
Golden Slippers.