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Banjo Lessons: “Sheebeg Sheemore”

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[MUSIC]
I'm
going to teach you a tune right now called
Shebeg Shemoor.
And it was written by a gentleman named
Turlough O'Carolan,
more often known by just his last name,
O'Carolan.
These O'Carolan tunes.
And O'Carolan was born in 1670 and died in
1738.
And he was a blind, early Irish harper,
composer, and singer.
And his great fame was based on his gift
for melodic composition.
And this tune, Shebeg Shemore is
definitely an example of that.
I'll play it for you first.
[MUSIC]
It's such a beautiful tune, and
this is a wonderful tune to play for
people, if all they think a banjo is.
[MUSIC]
It's at the whole other side,
not that this was written for the banjo
cuz it was written in the,
probably the late 1600s, early 1700s, but
it works beautifully on the banjo.
And I learned this Russ Barenberg, my good
friend from Country Cooking Days, a group,
we were in in the early 70s.
Anyway, let me just go through this, and
it's in D.
[NOISE] So, there's a three note lead in.
It's one, two, three, one, two, and
[NOISE].
There's the down beat right there.
[MUSIC]
And
instead of just hitting a chord like this
[SOUND].
This is a, it's a D chord.
But I'm not playing the full D chord.
I have the pinky on the fourth fret of the
first string.
And the index on the second fret fo the
third string.
And I'm not fretting the fourth or first
string, or second strings.
And I'm keeping that fourth string open.
So I have a nice low D to really ground it
in the D-ness of this tune.
And like I say, I'm not just going
[MUSIC].
You can do that for sure.
Just hit them all at the same time on that
D chord.
And I'm arpeggiating it really quickly
with a very quick forward roll.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four, five, six.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
So it was
[MUSIC]
There's this rhythm that keeps recurring
throughout in various measures.
So, here we go again.
[MUSIC]
I'm using the index for
that second fret of the first string, for
the open first.
[MUSIC]
Now you're catching the low two notes.
Notes of a D chord, the index on the
second fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
[INAUDIBLE] On
the fourth fret of the fourth.
[MUSIC]
And then those two notes that
followed the second measure are here in
the third measure also.
[MUSIC]
Two to zero, index to open.
[MUSIC]
And
now you can let go of everything and hit
the second, third, and fourth strings.
[SOUND] And I am pinching, hitting those
directly without arpeggiating them.
Middle on the second, index on the third,
thumb on the fourth.
And then the index on the second fret of
the third string.
Now measure five.
[SOUND] Just da da, one, two, three.
So it takes a two count on that four.
And then one count on the second fret of
the third string.
[MUSIC]
Now measure six.
[MUSIC]
Getting a little more active here.
Again, you're hitting the open second,
third, and fourth strings as a pinch, and
then I have the middle on the second fret
of the third string.
And these are eighth notes now.
Open second, and then I move the middle up
to the sixth fret of the third string.
And the open first string.
And I like that you can sorta slide from
two to six.
[MUSIC]
Just kinda glide across that third strong.
[MUSIC]
Now I'm borrowing
the first three strings for the A chord in
measure seven.
[MUSIC]
And then I let go and hit the open first,
and then I bring the index back on the
second fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
So and now measure eight.
And again, I'm quickly.
[SOUND] This is the same D chord we
started with.
[SOUND] Open first.
[SOUND] And this is the same as measure or
similar, I should say to measure three.
[MUSIC]
The bottom part of a D chord indexed on
the second fret of the third, ring on the
fourth fret of the fourth.
[MUSIC]
And
then the pinky goes to the fourth fret of
the first.
[MUSIC]
Now the open second, third, and
fourth strings for measure ten.
[MUSIC]
Second fret of the first string again,
the index, and then get in the low part of
the D chord.
Just the second and third and fourth
strings thereof.
Open the first string, and
then one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
One two three.
This is measure 12.
[MUSIC]
Measure 13,
I'm taking a slight melodic liberty with
this.
[MUSIC]
To arpeggiate this B-minor chord.
[MUSIC]
Open fourth,
middle on the fourth fret of the third
string.
Index on the third fret of the second,
ring on the fourth fret of the first, I'm
sorry, fourth fret of the first.
[NOISE] And then, [NOISE] again, those
inside strings there.
This is measure 14.
[NOISE] I guess I would use the ring
finger for
that second fret of the first string here.
[NOISE].
And then for the A chord, measure 15.
And use the middle and ring on the second
fret of the third,
second fret of the fourth.
Ring on the third string, middle on the
fourth string.
Open first.
And then add the pinky on the second fret
of the fourth string.
[NOISE] One, two, three, so one, two,
three.
[NOISE] And then, [NOISE] and then just
for the last, for the measure what is it?
13, 14, 15, 16, measure 16, I just have
the index on the second fret of the third
string and I'm doing a first, third, and
fourth string pinch.
[NOISE] [SOUND] And then a little melodic.
[SOUND] And I use the ring on the fifth
fret of the second string.
[MUSIC]
And
then measure 17, I've got an octave on the
first and fourth strings.
[MUSIC]
And
then you back into that same way you
started.
[MUSIC]
And you're back into it as a repeat.
So, this whole A part would be.
[MUSIC]
And then it starts over again.
So, I just wanna give you one little idea
here.
[MUSIC]
From measure 12.
Let's start from measure nine.
In the tablature, I just got a four, and
then a one, two, three, that sort of thing
there, just straight on.
But you could also.
Which I find a little more intriguing.
I'm sliding two to four
with the ring on the fourth string.
So slide one two three and
then I do a triplet.
Hammer-on pull off,
instead of just the two on the second fret
of the fourth string.
Im, [NOISE] hitting that two, hammering
onto the fourth fret and
then pulling off with the ring.
[NOISE] I'm pulling down to get a nice
snap.
[NOISE] So you're pulling off, you're
hammering off from index to ring,
and then you pull off ring to index.
[MUSIC]
So slide it.
[MUSIC]
So in context it would be.
[MUSIC]
And I'm a certain distance,
maybe three inches, something like that,
from the bridge.
And I'm trying to give some dynamics to it
so it's not just hitting it straight on.
It's such a beautiful tune you don't want
to be going, hitting it too hard.
So, I'm playing very lightly sometimes
just to bring out the emotion of
the tune and this beautiful melody.
So that's the A part.
Now, we're gonna continue in a moment with
the B part
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Now,
here's the B part of Sheebeg Sheemore.
And, I'll play it once through.
And then, describe exactly what I'm doing
with it.
[MUSIC]
All right, so to start with.
[MUSIC].
The same way we started the A section for
this measure, two of the A section.
[MUSIC]
We have this partial D chord,
the pinky on the fourth fret of the first.
Index on the second fret of the third.
Just those two notes and the fourth
string.
[MUSIC]
And, rather than hitting it straight on,
[MUSIC].
As I did in the A section,
[MUSIC].
I'm just arpeggiating it quickly.
If that feels awkward to you, you can just
hit it straight on, don't worry about it
[MUSIC]
And then,
two zero using the index to the open
first.
One, two, three, four.
Sorry, one, two, three.
Now, for measure, this is measure 19, the
second measure of part b for the a chord.
[MUSIC]
This is really a pretty way to
handle this.
Here's your f position A chord for the
pinky seventh fret of the first,
index on the fifth fret of the second,
ring on the sixth fret of the third.
Right, I'm sorry,
middle at the sixth fret of the third,
ring at the seventh fret of the fourth.
Don't play that.
This is just the basis for this next
chord.
Forget the first string.
You don't need that lift off the pinky and
you don't need, you don't need the third
string fretted with the middle finger, you
can leave it open.
[MUSIC]
And, I think there's just a pretty.
[MUSIC]
You know,
that flatted seventh in the middle of a G.
[MUSIC]
So, you're gonna hit the second, third,
and fourth strings.
Fifth fret of the third, open third,
seventh fret of the fourth.
[MUSIC]
So, you're gonna hit that, pinch, and
then open first string.
[MUSIC]
And then, for the last three notes of,
of that measure, measure 19.
[MUSIC]
Put the ring on the ninth fret
of the third.
And, barre the index across the first two
strings at the seventh fret.
[MUSIC]
Takes a quick jump from there.
[MUSIC]
But, if you look at it with your index and
ring, the way they're spaced.
If you just move them over a string each
and move it up.
[MUSIC]
it's not like
you're doing something like that.
You're jumping, these hand, these fingers
stay in pretty much the same position.
[MUSIC]
And, from there,
you're playing a D position G chord.
Pinky on the ninth fret of the first.
Middle on the eighth fret of the second.
Index on the second, seventh fret of the
third.
[SOUND] And then,
I bring the index [SOUND]
to the seventh fret of the first string.
[SOUND] And then back down.
[SOUND] to this partial D chord that we
started this first measure of part B with.
[MUSIC]
And now,
we play this, that F position A chord I
just showed you.
Here's this, just the second, third, and
fourth strings thereof.
Index on the fifth fret of the second,
middle on the sixth fret of th third,
ring on the seventh fret of the fourth,
pinkie on the second fret of the fourth
[MUSIC]
And, just moving the pinky down on
the first string.
Because actually when you add that seventh
fret of the first you're completing the F
position, A chord.
[MUSIC]
And then, the pinky just slides down
the first string to the fourth fret of the
first string.
[MUSIC]
For this B-minor,
middle on the third fret of the second.
Pinky on the fourth fret of the first,
middle in the third fret of the second.
Ring on the fourth fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
And then,
just add the index on the second fret of
the first, letting go of the rest of it.
[MUSIC]
Open first three strings, there's a pinch.
Open second.
[MUSIC]
Measure 25, the bottom part of a D chord.
Index and ring on the third and fourth
strings respectively.
[MUSIC]
And then, I use the middle,
[MUSIC]
On the second string.
You could go to the index there and then
hit the second fret of the third with
the thumb, but for some reason my hand
wants to go [NOISE] middle, index.
And then, measure 26.
[SOUND] Fourth fret of the fourth string.
And then, the tablature has second fret of
the fourth string.
But you can go
[MUSIC]
that same hammer-on,
pull-off that you used at the in the a
section.
[MUSIC]
Which is hammering-on zero to four.
Index to ring on the fourth string.
And then, pulling-off with the ring.
[SOUND] Hear that snap?
[SOUND] You want to hear that snap.
[MUSIC]
So,
you're really getting a clean hammer-on
pull-off.
[MUSIC]
To measure 27.
[MUSIC]
And,
the pinky on the fourth fret of the first
string.
[MUSIC]
Inside strings open.
[MUSIC]
Second fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
Measure 29.
[MUSIC]
Bottom part of the D chord.
[MUSIC]
I love this passage right here.
[MUSIC]
So, measure 29 again,
one, one, two, one, two, three, one, two,
three, forgot how to count that.
One, two, three.
So, one, two, and then just before you
hit, hit three, say three, you're gonna
hit the first.
I'm sorry, the first string open.
[NOISE] And then, put the ring on the 11th
fret of the third,
middle on the tenth fret of the second
string.
Now, let go of the ring.
Keep the middle where it is, even though,
well, you will be playing it.
Keep the middle on the tenth fret of the
first string second string, sorry.
[NOISE] And add the index on the ninth
fret of the first string.
This is measure 30 and you're gonna pinch
the first and
third strings with the thumb on the third
and middle on the first.
And then, the index hits the second string
which is the tenth fret.
And then, finish the last three notes of
that measure or
the last four notes actually.
You're gonna jump from here.
As you hit that open fifth string, index
goes to the seventh fret of the second
string, ring goes to the ninth fret of the
third string, open first,
and then here's the same partial A seventh
that we described.
In the A section.
[MUSIC]
Again, index on the fifth fret of
the third, open second, ring on the
seventh fret of the fourth.
[MUSIC]
Pick, pick it with the second, third, and
fourth strings.
I'm sorry, index, middle and thumb.
[MUSIC]
Open first.
And then, just bring the middle to the
sixth fret of the third string.
And, you can let go of the rest of that
chord.
[MUSIC]
And then, here's just fretting,
the second fret of the third string.
Hitting the first, third and fourth
strings.
[MUSIC]
And, that's the b part.
So, once more with the b part.
[MUSIC]
[NOISE] It goes on from there.
So, I'm gonna play the whole thing one
more time with repeats.
[MUSIC]
She Beg, She More.
[MUSIC]