Miniseries #004 - 01 Take this Hammer + 7th Chords and Backup Discussions I

Monday, May 11, 2009

Miniseries #004, Take this Hammer + 7th Chords and Backup Discussions I

Hi Everyone,

We are going to go over another song using the Scruggs style in the up coming lessons. The name of the song is called "Take this Hammer". Along with discussing the solo of this song, we are also going to continue our discussions on theory and begin to talk about some back-up techniques in this song. The discussions on chord theory is related to chord extensions that we are going to use in the back-up. These first extensions will be on the Seventh Chord. All we will be doing is "extending" or "expanding" on the Major Triads we have already gone over.

Back-up, or backing up other musicians is a very important part of playing music with others. Like I've said before......if you plan on jamming with others, you will be playing back-up banjo most of the time. In playing with others, we always want to try to make the soloist sound as good as he or she can be. We are going to start with some basic picking/backup patterns in the Scruggs style in this series to begin one way to compliment other musicians.

If you have any questions along the way in this series, please don't hestitate to ask, and I'll do my best to answer them for you.

Rock On Everyone,


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