Lesson #105, Cumberland Gap I

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lesson #105, Cumberland Gap I

Hi All,

Throughout these next videos and this next series of five string banjo lessons, we are going to have quite a lengthy discussion about our next song, that being the Cumberland Gap. Along with breaking this song down note for note, we will also be discussing Relative minors, more on chords, and a very important scale called the pentatonic scale. Aspects of these lessons will carry themselves over to any type of music you wish to pursue on the five string banjo, especially the fundamentals of Bluegrass, Blues, Rock, and Jazz. Keep it Rollin Everyone.


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