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Banjo Lessons: Melodic Style Part 11: “Sweet Georgia Brown”

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[MUSIC]
All right,
you've got the basic version of Sweet
Georgia Brown to play around with.
And now here's a melodic variation on the
first half of it, just the first half.
To give you some more ideas on just
navigating your way through doing some of
the melodic style.
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It's really fun just rippling your way
through all these scales here.
So.
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Starting with the D chord.
[MUSIC]
So, you've got that open first string.
[MUSIC]
There's the D scale,
and you're just playing notes out of that.
[MUSIC]
You have this chromatic,
sixth fret of the third string along with
the first.
[MUSIC]
It's the seventh note of the D scale.
Open first, back to the seventh note of
the D scale,
getting it at the sixth fret of the third
string.
[MUSIC]
Open first.
Do, re, mi, here on the next two notes of
the D scale.
[MUSIC]
And I get those by having the ring on
the ninth fret of the third string, index
on the seventh fret of the second string.
[MUSIC]
I'm going forward and then backward,
second to the fifth string.
[MUSIC]
And
then I bar across the first two strings at
the seventh fret for measure two.
[MUSIC]
Backward roll into a forward roll.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
So,
backward roll at the sevens to the fifth
string.
Move it, the middle to the tenth fret of
the second string.
Index on the ninth fret of the first, back
to the second, and
then add the ring on the 11th fret of the
third string, forward roll.
And now for the first string,
get your pinky while you're still in this
position
at the 12th fret of the first string, so.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
In this case I would have the pinky
on the twelfth fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
This is measure three.
[MUSIC]
Middle on the tenth fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
Let me just play from the beginning
of this one more time.
[MUSIC]
So
we have the backward roll, the thumb at
the tenth fret of the fifth string.
[MUSIC]
And then let go of the thumb and
have the index on the ninth fret of the
first.
[MUSIC]
Middle on the tenth fret of the second,
open fifth string.
[MUSIC]
Seventh fret of the second,
ninth fret of the third, open first.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
[MUSIC]
And then for the G.
[MUSIC]
And
I'm bringing my thumb across to the second
string.
So I'm going, thumb, middle, thumb,
middle.
[MUSIC]
Measure six.
[MUSIC]
I have the seventh fret of the second and
the middle on the sixth fret of the
second.
[MUSIC]
Backward roll and
then I take that middle and slide it up to
the tenth fret of the second.
[MUSIC]
With the middle finger and
then add the index on the ninth fret of
the first string.
So from the G measure five.
[MUSIC]
Once again.
[MUSIC]
Have the thumb
on the tenth fret of the fifth string and
now here's a really cool descending lick.
[MUSIC]
So
you've got the, I mean you're basically
going.
[MUSIC]
Just-
[MUSIC]
Doing it all melodically, so.
[MUSIC]
So,
first two strings with the pinky and ring,
the 12th fret,
backward roll, finger over the tenth fret
of the fifth string.
And then let go of a lot of stuff there,
and
have the middle on the tenth part of the
second string.
Index on the ninth fret of the first.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC].
It's just this really nice scale pattern
going on.
[MUSIC]
And then the C chord.
[MUSIC]
Okay, so there's all that stuff.
[MUSIC]
And now you're on F.
[MUSIC]
I'm sorry.
[MUSIC]
So you've got.
[MUSIC]
You've got this measure 13,
playing the D position F chord with the
pinky on the seventh fret of the first,
middle on the sixth fret of the second,
index on the fifth fret of the third.
[MUSIC]
So first string, fifth sting, second,
open first.
[MUSIC]
So you've got that.
[MUSIC]
Ring at the seventh fret
of the fourth, open third.
[MUSIC]
Index on the third fret of
the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
Index, thumb, index, thumb.
[MUSIC]
Index, thumb.
[MUSIC]
I'm sorry.
Index, middle, so it's.
[MUSIC]
And then it's
just the single.
Working out of the A chord.
So, the whole thing put together would
sound like this.
[MUSIC]
So
lots of cool
stuff there
on that F-chord.
[MUSIC]
Anyway so
there's Sweet Georgia Brown in the melodic
style.
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