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Banjo Lessons: “Rickett's Hornpipe”

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[MUSIC]
Before
we start to play Rickett's Hornpipe, we're
gonna play two D scales.
Each one is a two octave D scale but with
slightly different fingerings.
And so, the first one goes like this.
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So, you have the single string zero, two,
four on the fourth string.
Thumb, index, thumb, open fourth.
And then, I have the ring on the seventh
fret of the fourth, open second.
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Middle on the seventh fret of the third
string, open first.
And then I have the ring on the ninth fret
of the third.
Index on the seventh fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
So
you have this gradual climbing up the
neck.
Open fifth.
And then middle goes to the tenth fret of
the second string.
Index on the ninth fret of the first.
Ring on the eleventh fret of the fifth.
And the pinky on the twelfth fret of the
first string.
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So you're kind of splayed out here.
And then you go back down.
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So again, the whole thing would be.
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So, that's one way to play it,
the other way is.
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Now, instead of going to the ninth fret of
the third string and the seventh fret of
the second.
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You can go to the middle.
On the fifth fret of the second string,
and
the index on the fourth fret of the first
string.
Same notes, just getting them on the first
two strings instead of the third and
second strings.
And if you want to get fancy about it, go
zero, two, four, index to ring.
Then use the pinky on the seventh fret of
the fourth, open second,
ring on the sixth fret of the third, open
first.
Middle on the fifth fret of the second,
index on, excuse me,
on the fourth fret of the first, open
fifth string and then.
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And now, since you have the middle and
the second string and index on the first,
you can just slide those all the way up
the neck to the 10th fret of the second
string, where the middle finger will lie.
And the index on the ninth fret of the
first.
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And
then have the ring on the 11th fret of the
fifth string.
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And
then the pinky on the 12th fret of the
first string.
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And I guess, what I do is,
as I go to the ring, I lift off the index,
but
I keep the middle down at the tenth fret
of the second.
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So
I'm not completely out of position when I
come back down again.
So put together up and down, it'll be.
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So those are the two D scales,
where all these notes will lie, that we're
about to play.
So slowed down one more time, just the A
section.
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And you go back into it.
So we're starting with a triplet.
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Where the three notes fall into the same
space as two, in the same space as two
eighth notes.
So.
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It's like a particle accelerator,
accelerating and changing the laws of
physics, so
three notes fit into the space of two, as
I say.
So the ring on the seventh fret of the
fourth, open second.
[SOUND] Middle on the sixth fret of the
third.
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Thumb index thumb.
So one and two and.
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So I'm filling the space of the and.
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One and two and one.
Now the first full measure which is
technically measure two.
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So you're hitting the first string, open.
Sixth fret of the third string with the
middle, open first.
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And then,
jump to the index on the second fret of
the third.
Ring down here on the fourth fret of the
fourth.
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Open first.
And then you're at the seventh fret of the
second.
I'm catching that with the index finger
cuz the next note,
measure three, starts with the ninth fret
of the third.
So this way you're not way out of
position.
Sorry.
So here's the third measure.
So it's the ninth fret of the third with
the ring
finger on the third fret third string,
ninth fret.
Open first.
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I guess you could do this
a number of ways.
[MUSIC]
Ring on the seventh fret of the fourth
string, and then I bring the middle over
to the seventh fret of the second string.
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Fifth string.
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[MUSIC]
And
I add the ring on the seventh fret of the
first string.
And it's a first string.
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Second.
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First string, second.
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Now here's a big jump.
This is again taken out of the O'Neill's
book, and this what they had but
it wasn't written for banjo so this is a
real jump.
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But I like that sound.
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So you have the first string,
second string, first string, second string
of the seventh fret.
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And
since the middle is at the seventh fret of
the second string.
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I quickly slide it up to the tenth fret
of the second string.
[MUSIC]
In fact, as soon as I hit the second,
second string here.
I'm already sliding to the tenth fret of
the second quickly bring the index down to
the ninth fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
So, and then you're up here,
hit the first string, second string, fifth
string, backward roll.
Ninth fret of the first, tenth fret of the
second, fifth fret of the first.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
See.
[MUSIC]
And
then come back to the index on the seventh
fret of the second string to prepare you
to go to the ninth fret of the third
string.
[MUSIC]
But in this measure here.
[MUSIC]
If that's too much of a jump for you and
too awkward you can go.
[MUSIC]
Instead of hitting the second
string twice.
[MUSIC]
There.
[MUSIC]
You can just go to the fifth string.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
In other words,
don't go crazy trying to do this.
If it just feels too awkward.
It sounds pretty and I love that slide.
But if it's just too much trouble and it's
just not working for you.
Just hit the fifth string open for that
fourth note.
One two three four.
And that gives you that space to jump up
to this note here.
And now, measure five ring on the ninth
fret of the third string, open first,
middle on the sixth fret of the third,
open second, and
ring on the seventh fret of the fourth.
So, up to that point, you have one and two
and one and two.
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[MUSIC]
Okay.
That's where we are right now so you're
ending on that quarter note.
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And then a two-note lead in to the,
kind of a repeat of what you've already
done, at least to some extent.
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So
the index is at the fourth fret of the
first string,
middle at the fifth fret of the second
string.
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And continuing now.
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And that's all exactly
the same as what you just played.
That's measures five, six and seven.
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And now moving on to measure eight.
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Instead of going.
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Now you're going.
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So it's, again,
the ring at the seventh fret of the
second.
I'm sorry, seventh fret of the first
string.
Middle at the seventh fret of the second
string.
Sorry, now the third now is the open first
string, to the fifth string.
And then I jump to the ring of the ninth
fret of the first open fifth.
And then the index at the fifth fret of
the second,
middle at the sixth fret of the third.
And then for the first ending, measure
nine.
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Open first string.
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And
then I put the middle on the third fret of
the second,
and have it unison between those first two
strings, which are both D notes.
[MUSIC]
But
I add the fourth string in there also to
give it a little more gravitas.
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And then repeat.
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Okay, so that was the second ending.
And then, continuing.
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[MUSIC]
Okay.
Let's say that's the first B.
So you're going.
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You have another triplet with the middle
at the fifth fret of the second.
And this is at the end of the second
ending which is measure ten.
So you've gone.
[MUSIC]
Going into measure 11.
[MUSIC]
So middle of the fifth fret of the second
as I said, index on the fourth fret of the
first and the open fifth string.
So you have.
[MUSIC]
And so,
since the middle finger is at the fifth
fret of the second string for
the lead in triplet, I just slide that up
to the seventh fret on the second string.
Middle sliding to the fifth, I'm sorry,
seventh fret of the second string.
And the ring is added on the seventh fret
of the first string.
[MUSIC]
So I've got middle, index,
middle index on the seventh frets here,
with a ring at the seventh fret of
the first string, middle of the seventh
fret of the second string.
So, first, second, first, second, first,
but for that open first string,
or for that first string, open it up
there, quarter note.
And now, the middle is still at the
seventh fret of the second string,
so I just slide it up to the tenth fret of
the second string.
And it has a two note lead in.
[MUSIC]
So fifth string,
tenth fret of the second, and then you can
let go with the middle finger.
And I have the index on the ninth fret of
the first string, ninth fret of the first.
So hit that twice.
First string at the ninth fret, fifth
string,
repeat the first string at the ninth fret,
fifth string.
And then I bring the index over to the
ninth fret of the third string,
and then jump to middle back down to the
seventh fret of the second string,
open fifth string
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And then.
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And this is what we've already had.
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In measure four.
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And five.
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And
then it just continues as you already did
in part A.
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[MUSIC]
Now you go into part B again.
Here's the second part B.
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With that same triplet.
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And this is all the same.
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Now I'm
gonna change this around 13 is the same,
measure 13 is the same as it's been.
But now, instead of going
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You get a little triple action.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Instead of
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Measure 14, you're gonna have the ring on
the ninth fret of the third,
the next on the seventh fret of the
second, back to the third string.
That's the first triplet.
[MUSIC]
And then the second triplet is.
[MUSIC]
And then the second.
Triplet is open first, middle at the sixth
fret of the third string,
open second
[MUSIC]
And then the ring on the seventh fret of
the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
And then, and
that last note's a quarter note.
[MUSIC]
And then you have the fourth fret of
the first, fifth fret of the second with
the index and middle respectively
[MUSIC]
And then you repeat this part again.
[MUSIC]
Anyway,
so it's two A's and two B's and two
endings for each.
So the whole thing one more time slowly
and then up the tempo.
[MUSIC]
Let's see.
I'm gonna count it in.
One and two.
And one and.
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[MUSIC]
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[MUSIC]
Okay, and then, one last time,
up to tempo.
One, two.
One, two, three.
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Hope you enjoy it.
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