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Banjo Lessons: Slide Etudes

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[MUSIC]
So,
we're just going to focus on slides for
this lesson.
Slides have a big part in Bluegrass music.
The Cripple Creek, the two to three slide,
Boil Them Cabbage Down.
Lots of things like that.
But we're gonna start with some fairly
simple things and
then get kinda complicated here.
So, first of all, I'd like you just to put
your middle finger on
the second fret of the first string, and
slide up two to five,
and then just back down again without
hitting it again.
And you'll have
to put a little bit of pressure on there
to kind of bring out those notes.
It's not gonna be really loud.
[MUSIC]
Do four of those and
then slide two to four on the third
string and back to two.
[MUSIC]
And then two to five and
back to two on the fourth string, with
the, all with the middle finger.
[MUSIC]
So
all put together, this would sound like
this.
[MUSIC]
It can be done slowly.
[MUSIC]
Or faster.
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Good way to build up your callouses.
This is just a way to, again, focus on
slides.
So when you come, when it comes time to
play them in the actual context of a tune
you'll just really have it under control.
So if you just focus on this, and
you could work with a metronome it'll
really help with your slides.
So now we're gonna get a little bit
fancier.
And this
[MUSIC]
is basically in the key of A-Minor.
And it's gonna sound like this.
This is a, eight measure little exercise,
or etude.
[MUSIC]
Notice I should have taken my hand away.
It's all with the left hand.
I'm not doing, I'm not picking any notes
with the right hand at all.
[MUSIC]
So let me slow this down.
It's all slides and pull offs and hammer
ons.
But mostly slides.
So I'm sliding two to four, you can well,
actually,
let's not even hit it the first time.
Just, just come down as a hammer on, zero
to two on the third string.
Then, take that middle finger and
slide up to four, five, seven, nine, back
to seven, five, four.
It's kinda hard to hear that.
[MUSIC]
And then you'll slide second measure is,
and you're already, you're not hitting it
but you're,
you slid down to that and you slide up to
four, back to two, and
then push, kind of lift off so you snap
that two to zero.
And that gives you the pull off.
And then hammer on on two on the fourth
string, so.
[MUSIC].
And then you're gonna pull off.
And slide up to five and begin the third
measure.
[MUSIC]
So, that's after that.
That hammer on, or the slide up to five
beginning of the third measure.
Seven, nine, five, seven, five, two, zero
is the pull off.
And then just come back as a hammer on in
the beginning of the fourth
measure to get the two.
[MUSIC]
And then, and
then slide out the five back to two.
Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
That's the timing on that, so one, two,
three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
So the whole first four measures is.
[MUSIC]
And then you repeat it,
for the last four measures.
[MUSIC]
And for
that last measure you're hammering on
instead of zero to two,
you're hammering on five up to seven and
back to five.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three,
four.
So the whole etude goes like this,
slowly, it's one,
two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
that's that exercise,
that etude.
Now here's a, I call this a slide swing in
G.
You could have a whole big band behind you
here or just do it solo banjo if you don't
have a big band hanging out in your closet
at home.
Just do it solo.
And it sounds like this and
this is in the key
of G as I say.
[MUSIC]
So. [MUSIC]
So I'm only picking at the very end.
I hit the fourth string with the thumb and
slide.
Pick it again.
So, I'm just sliding between two five.
And I'm starting with the, just a hammer
on to activate that note.
Up to five, back to two, open, two, five,
two, zero.
Two, five and then a little pause, eighth
note pause and slide up to nine.
So, it's one, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
So it's a little syncopation there at the
end.
That kind of slide feel.
And then you do the same thing.
One two three four, one two three four,
one two three four.
And slide up to the eighth fret, you want
to hear that note there.
Which is kind of like a C seventh.
And then continuing, two five, two zero,
two five, two zero.
And I'm sorry, I didn't even mention this.
You're pulling that off to get that zero
on the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
And the third time you go up to the ninth
fret of the fourth string.
Then,
[MUSIC]
hit the fourth string with the thumb
in the right hand this time.
First time you're gonna use the right
hand.
Zero two hammer on and slide up to the
fifth fret and then repeat it.
[MUSIC]
And
you're anticipating the measure by an
eighth note.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC One, two, three, four
[MUSIC]
one.
Okay so the whole thing is, let me get
this old right hand.
[MUSIC]
Two three four.
[MUSIC]
Two three four.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, three, four.
[LAUGH] Forgot to hit that again, I'm so
used to not using my right hand.
So let me do let me do this slowly.
The slide swinging in G.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Two, three.
[MUSIC]
Three,
four.
[MUSIC]
And up the tempo.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Three, four.
All right.
There are the slide etudes, hope you
enjoy.
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