Miniseries #003, Worried Man Blues III

Monday, May 11, 2009

Miniseries #003, Worried Man Blues III

Hi Everyone,

We are going to get into taking this song apart in this video. Let me start off by talking about the lead in notes. The Pinch and then the thumb picking the fourth string in the first part of this video are lead in notes. These lead in notes can be left out of this song once you begin to play this song over the guitar track. You can leave them in , or leave them out, just be aware of the timing coming in and out of your soloing using the lead in notes or if you desire to leave them out.

For those of you who would like to use tablature, I have tabbed out this song for you as well. Remember, you don't have to be able to read tab to become proficient on the Banjo, I am just giving you another resource for those of you who would like to learn from tab as well. You will also notice that the sheet music is available above the Tablature as well. I want to have the sheet music there as well in case you have difficultly in the timings of things I am going to present to you.

Don't be concerned with the first measure of lead in notes in the sheet music.(the measures are numbered in red ) because that first measure involves rests. I will discuss rests used in sheet music in the near future. Its quite simple, it just goes back to ryhthm and counting series involving the beat associated with the four notes we went over.

You will see in the sheet music that the whole song consists of quarter notes and eight notes. If you look at the sheet music you will see that each measure has four beats associated with it, because............ we are using that all important 4/4 time.

Look at the second measure, the one with the red number 2 above it. The first note in that second measure is a quarter note. Remember the series on ryhthm and counting. That quarter note has one beat associated with it. (that is the count of 1 as your foot hits the floor). Now look at the next two notes, those next two notes are eight notes. The flags on these two notes are tied together in sheet music to make them look nicer on paper. So... the first eight note has 1/2 associated with it as well the second eight note. 1/2 plus 1/2 = 1. One beat associated with playing those two eight notes one after the other.( this is the count of 2 and) when our foot comes off the floor. The next two eight notes ( 3 and) is when your foot hits the floor again. Again those two eight notes played one after another has a count of 1. Then the last two notes in the measure are eight notes as well (4 and) when your foot comes off the floor again. So we can count this measure as follows.........1 2and 3and 4and...

If you get in trouble with the timing on this song, just look at the measure you are dealing with and count to 4 with your foot and consider the beats associated with the 1/4 and 1/8th notes.

Rock On,


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