Lesson #058, Continuation of Vamping Discussion IV

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lesson #058, Continuation of Vamping Discussion IV

Hi Everyone,

Lets continue on with another vamping technique. This time we are going to start with the deadening of the strings and thats all we are going to do. We can count this method of vamping as so...... 1 2 3 4.......we are not counting to pinch/vamp as 1/8th notes now because we are not creating the sound of hitting our fingers down on the fingerboard, we are pinching and thats its.

Sometimes I like to start the pinch then press down ever so slightly to keep that rhythm sound in my head of 1/8th pinch/vamp even though we are not creating the sound of the pinch/vamp using this method. You don't have to press down slightly after the pinch, the same sound is going to occur either way, its up to you to decide how you would like to count this method of vamping in your own mind.

Lets move up the fingerboard even higher in this example. We are going to use the three basic chord formations again. Lets start with the 3rd string formation at the 12th fret. The 3rd string fretted at the 12th fret is a G note, giving us our G chord.

Now lets use the 2nd string formation for the C chord. The second string fretted at the 13th fret is a C note, giving us our C chord using the 2nd string formation.

Now lets use the 4th string formation for the D chord. The 4th and 1st strings fretted at the 12th fret are D notes, giving us our D chord using the 4th string formation.

Practice using the three different vamping techniques using the three different chord formations at different locations on the fingerboard. Doing this is going to start to get you very familiar with the Banjos fingerboard and further explorations of chords and scales in future lessons.

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