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Banjo Lessons: Melodic Style Part 8: “Turkey in the Straw” (Jerry Garcia Arrangement)

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[MUSIC]
Here's
a little bit of Turkey in the Straw.
One of those tunes we all grew up hearing,
and great fiddle tune.
And this is an arrangement by Jerry Garcia
of all people from a.
Lesson he was giving on April 14th 1964.
I just ran into this somewhere on YouTube.
I'm not even sure where.
You might be able to find it there, if you
spelunk around a little bit.
And it's a really nice arrangement of it.
I think he got it from Bill Keith.
But, this is very early on 1964.
And there are other recordings of Jerry
Garcia playing like in
a pizza parlor doing a tune called Jerry's
Tune in G minor.
Not the one that's on an Old and in the
Way album,
some other tune that he wrote back then.
He was just playing some wonderful stuff
back in 1964.
And then he kind of laid low on the banjo
while he was doing his guitar thing,
and then Old and in the Way came around in
the early 70s.
He started playing again.
But this is a,
just a really nice arrangement of Turkey
In The Straw in the key of G.
Something that should be in all of your
repertoire.
Everyone should just have this ready to
go.
And here it is.
[MUSIC]
It just has this beautiful flow to it.
I just love this arrangement.
So just G melodics starting up here
which is where you would start Blackberry
Blossom.
[MUSIC]
Okay, here we go.
So, you have a two note lead in.
Like one, and two, and one, and two, and
one.
So you have the index on the 9th fret of
the 1st string,
middle at the 10th fret of the 2nd string
is the lead in.
[MUSIC]
And
now, it's nice when you happen to have a
melodic.
Passes it works out as a bluegrass, or
like a Scruggs roll I should say.
And this is a alternating thumb roll.
[MUSIC]
Thumb, index, thumb, middle.
So 5th string 7th fret of the 2nd.
Back to the 5th string.
Ring at the 7th fret of the first back to
the 5th string.
[MUSIC]
And then a backward roll.
[MUSIC]
First, second, open.
And then middle on the 5th fret of the
third.
[MUSIC]
And then measure three.
[MUSIC]
Open first, middle, and
the 5th fret of the second.
And I'm gonna be hitting that with the
thumb.
These back and forths.
[MUSIC]
Are weak at faster tempos, at least for
most people I talk to, including myself.
[MUSIC]
So
I'm bringing my thumb over the 2nd string.
[MUSIC]
Open first.
Middle on the 5th fret of the second.
With the thumb like I said.
[MUSIC]
Open first back to the 5th.
I'm sorry, open to second.
[MUSIC]
With the thumb.
[MUSIC]
Open first.
So you'll have.
[MUSIC]
And then another two note lead in, and
that's a quarter note you just ended with
there.
So.
[MUSIC]
In another two nit, two note lead in.
Open 5th, 10th fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
Now for that 11.
[MUSIC]
You're starting with the 9th fret of
the 1st string, in measure four of the
first line there.
You could either move the middle finger up
one fret which I tend to do.
[MUSIC]
To that 11th fret just for that one note.
[MUSIC]
And then bring it back.
Or you could just add the ring in the left
hand.
[MUSIC]
And
then grab your thumb on the 10th fret of
the 5th string.
And then a backward roll.
[MUSIC]
9th fret of the first 10th start
of the second.
[MUSIC]
Open 5th.
[MUSIC]
10th fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
Or you're doing.
And then measure five.
This whole two measure deal here.
There's just very few notes, but it just
has this beautiful flow to it.
So measure five.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
Again you're in the position of the 9th
fret of the first with the index in the
middle of the 10th fret of the second.
And so the 1st string forward roll, 5th,
2nd, 1st, 2nd, 5th.
The thumb comes back around the 5th
string.
And then first, second, so.
[MUSIC]
And
then you repeat what you've already
played.
[MUSIC]
And that's the same.
[MUSIC]
Except now you're going to go to the 12th
fret of the 5th string.
[MUSIC]
And for that quarter note on the 9th fret
of the first, and I had the pinkie on the
12th fret of the 5th string.
[MUSIC]
Don't be afraid to use your pinkie.
It's, it needs a work out.
[MUSIC]
Quarter note.
[MUSIC]
Sorry, quarter, quarter.
And I let go of that 12th fret of the 5th
string after I hit it the first time.
[MUSIC]
So,
I have a little separation of notes as
opposed to.
[MUSIC]
That's a subtle difference, but
it just sets that 10th fret of the 1st
string apart a little bit more.
And you bring it back, 12th fret of the
1st, of the 5th.
ninth Fret of the 1st.
[MUSIC]
Open 5th, 10th fret to the second.
Open 5th, 10th fret to the second.
again that lead in And then measure nine
is.
That index, 12th to the 9th, fret of the
first open 5th.
And then I just slide the middle down to
the 7th fret of the second and
start with the ring on the 7th fret of the
first.
Backward roll to the 5th string, quarter
note, and hit it again as a quarter note.
So here's the whole A part.
One, and two, and one, and two.
[MUSIC]
And that repeats.
And then the B part.
[MUSIC]
So,
those are the first two measures of the B
part, measures ten and 11.
Again I have the middle on the 10th fret
of the,
the 12th fret of the second ring on the
12th fret of the first.
[MUSIC]
And
that second note is tied to another 12th
fret of the first string.
Which means you hit the first.
[MUSIC]
String at the 12th fret.
[MUSIC]
Ba-da, but
you don't hit it the second time.
Ba-da, but you don't hit it the second
time.
so it's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 So you hit the 2nd
string and
then the 1st sting and then let that ring
for one more 8th note.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, back to the second and
to the first is a quarter note and another
first is a quarter note.
So it's one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight.
Repeat.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
eight.
[MUSIC]
And
I'm finding that every time I hit that 1st
string at the 12th fret, I let go.
[MUSIC]
For the separation of notes.
You could just keep it down.
[MUSIC]
But,
it has a little more character and a
little more edge.
Just a, the notes a little more clarified
when you let go of that 12th fret of
the 1st string each time.
[MUSIC]
Now
the C chord which is measures 12 and 13.
You've been using the ring on the 12th
fret of the first.
So now move the ring up to the 12th fret
of the, I'm sorry, 14th fret of the first
string and middle on the 13th fret of the
second string, which is the same as the C.
[MUSIC]
Except instead of using the index and
ring, you're using the middle and ring up
here.
[MUSIC]
And it's.
[MUSIC]
And it's.
So 1st string is a quarter note, forward
roll.
Fifth, second, first,
to the fifth string back to the quarter
note on the first string.
So.
[MUSIC]
So.
Quarter note, quarter, and then, measure
13 is a forward roll.
[MUSIC]
To the 5th string,
to the 14th fret of the 5th is a quarter
note, on the 5th string.
And you get.
[MUSIC]
So,
I think we're on letting go of the, of the
ring finger just for a moment.
[MUSIC]
Let me.
This contacts.
[MUSIC]
I
think I'm hitting it right at the
beginning of that measure 12.
Let go just a tiny bit I mean, barely just
let the pressure of the strings.
Raise up your hand.
[MUSIC]
And then the last note.
[MUSIC]
Of that measure.
The 14th fret of the 1st string.
Let go again.
So let go.
[MUSIC]
Once again, let go.
[MUSIC]
Let go.
And then for the measure 13.
[MUSIC]
Let go to the 5th string.
Then measure 14 has this nice descending
3rd and 5th sort of thing.
Or fourth sort of thing.
Anyway.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
So, you've got.
[MUSIC]
The top part of your F position G chord
here between the 15th and 17th frets.
Index on the 15th fret of the second ring
on the 17th fret of the first.
[MUSIC]
And again,
our good friend the Osborne roll comes in
handy right here.
[MUSIC]
So middle, index, middle,
thumb on the 17th fret of the first.
15th fret of the second.
17th fret of the first.
5th string.
And then slide the ring down to the 12th
fret of the first and
the middle goes to the 12th fret of the
second.
[MUSIC]
Another Osborne roll.
First, second, first, fifth.
And then the next declinching of G, if you
will.
[MUSIC]
This is part of the D position G.
Ring at the 9th fret of the first, index
at the 8th fret of the second.
Another Osborne roll.
So there's three Osbornes in a row.
Your F position G.
[MUSIC]
Your bar position G.
[MUSIC]
Your D position G.
[MUSIC]
But
you're just taking the top two notes of
those.
[MUSIC]
I
guess I would use the ring down on the 7th
fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
There's the quarter note and then.
[MUSIC]
Which you've already basically had.
[MUSIC]
The two note lead in.
5th, second, first here at the middle
finger at the 10th fret of the second.
Index at the ninth fret of the first.
And then pinkie on the 12th fret of the
5th and as I did before.
[MUSIC]
Let go of it.
Bring it back down.
As two 8th notes, and then you'd go into a
forward roll.
[SOUND] Measure 17, the last measure.
[MUSIC]
First, fifth, and
then the middle down on the 7th fret of
the second.
Add the ring on the 7th fret of the first.
[MUSIC]
And the backward roll.
[MUSIC]
To the 5th string.
And to get that 5th string, let go of
everything in the left hand.
And then another quarter note on the 5th
string.
So here's the whole thing one more time.
Jerry Garcia's arrangement of Turkey on
the Straw.
[MUSIC]
Turkey in the Straw.
[MUSIC]