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Banjo Lessons: “Penny's Farm”

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Well, there's Penny's Farm.
This is a wonderful tune that I learned
off a Pete Seeger album.
And he didn't play it exactly like this,
but I kind of modified it for
more of a bluegrass sort of a feel.
And it uses the Osborne roll a lot.
And let me just play it a little more
slowly so
you can hear with the slightly slower
And this tempo I just played it at maybe
is just a hair faster than you need
to play it.
Try it at this tempo.
So, I'm going to give you a few little
exercises that'll just kind of
prepare you to play the tune, so you don't
just play the tune cold.
So, here's the first exercise and this is
not the Osborne Roll yet, but this is
It's a little pattern where you hit
the index on the second string, thumb on
the third, index on the second,
thumb on the fifth.
You can do it twice.
Or many more times if you want to, in
the metronome, always with the metronome,
just keep your timing really solid.
Exercise two.
This is something
you'll be coming to a little, little bit
later on here in the beginning section.
I call this the roll with no name because
it doesn't have a name.
And you hit the second string
open and then you do a forward roll.
Third, second, first.
And you can repeat that.
Open second, third, second, first.
And I've got it here twice,
you can do it, 1,000 times, as many as you
Exercise three.
So you're gonna do a forward roll.
Third, second, first to the fifth string.
These are all eighth notes.
Then hit the first string is
a quarter note.
[SOUND] And pinch the outside strings, the
first and fifth strings,
is a quarter note.
You have.
just keep doing it as many times as you
want until you're comfortable with it.
Exercise four you're taking that same
pattern that you just did, with the
forward roll and
the quarter notes at the end.
you have a two to three slide as you had
in Boiling Cabbage Down.
To the second string,.
Slide that to the second string.
But rather than going into an alternating
thumb roll.
You're gonna go to a forward roll.
Two to three slide on the third, open
second, open first,
in the middle and then the fifth string.
And then you can either put the middle on
the second front of the first.
Or I think I use the ring more often.
And the second fret of the first string,
that's a quarter note.
[SOUND] And then do a quarter note on the
open first and fifth strings,
the outside strings.
So exercise three, which was.
Is just kind of a preamble.
It's exactly the same thing but now you're
adding the slide
on the second fret of the first string.
That you let go up there.
these are all elements that you're gonna
find right now in Penny's Farm.
So let me play Penny's Farm one more time,
just as a little refresher.
So, you're going to hit the first and
second strings.
Back to the first and the fifth string.
And ju, another Osborne roll.
First, second, first, fifth.
Do the same thing but now add the middle
or ring, for
some reason I like to add the ring there,
but you could do the middle.
It doesn't really matter.
Second fret of the first string, another
[SOUND] Osborne roll.
Open second, back to the first string,
second fret, to the fifth string.
So you have the open
Second fret of the first string.
the beginning of the second measure of
Penny's Farm.
First, second, first, fifth.
Then you do the exercise one roll.
Or pattern.
Second, third, second, fifth.
Index, thumb, index thumb.
Second string to third string, second,
So the first two measures of Penny's Farm
And then repeat.
The open Osborne roll,
the second fret of the first string
Osborne roll.
Back to the open Osborne roll.
Second string quarter note.
[SOUND] Pinch the outside strings.
So up to that point you've got
Continuing on,
another repeat of the open first, second
and first strings.
To the fifth string,
another Osborne Roll and the second fret
Osborne Roll that you've just had.
Another open Osborne Roll.
Now you're gonna do this.
Roll with no name, exercise two.
[SOUND] Open second string.
Then the forward roll, third, second
Now, measure 13.
Is the two to three slide.
It's the basic two to three slide you've
got in, Boil Them Cabbage Down.
So Two to three slide to the open second,
open fifth, open first.
Another alternating thumb roll,
third and second strings open.
Second fret of the fourth string, open
And then,
open, measure 14, open third, open second,
open fifth, open first.
Now your alternating thumb.
then go to the second fret of the fourth
string for another alternating thumb roll.
[SOUND] Open second,
let go of the middle finger on the second
fret of the fourth string.
Hit the open fourth.
[SOUND] Open first.
[SOUND] So you have.
So up to that point you've got.
And to finish off.
That's where you are right now.
So, you're gonna hit the third string
twice in a row.
[SOUND] Two quarter notes.
[SOUND] Thumb, thumb, is the easy part.
[SOUND] Another alternating thumb roll.
Fifth, second, third, first.
Very easy.
You can do this and adjust your glasses
Look at your watch,
or any number of other things.
And then, two to three slide for this
measure 16.
This is exercise four,
just, you're doing it here now, in Penny's
Two to three slide, open second, open
Two to three slide on the third string,
that is.
Forward roll, third, second, first to the
fifth string.
You go to the second fret of the first
string as a quarter note.
pinch the outside strings as a quarter
And then finish with.
So it's a two to three slides.
To the open second.
Open fifth, open first.
And then the D seventh chord.
Third, second, fourth, first.
So these are both alternating thumb.
Thumb, index, thumb, middle, thumb, index,
thumb, middle.
Third, second, fourth, first.
Ending with the age old third string
quarter note pinch on the outside.
Third again, quarter note, pinch on the
outside strings.
So the whole thing, slowed down would be.
All right now a little more up the tempo.
All right well there's some Penny's Farm
for you.
I hope you enjoyed that one.