Lesson #133, Sally Goodin' II

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lesson #133, Sally Goodin' II

Hey all,

In the introduction, you can see that I used a metronome. A metronome is a time keeper, it is a perfect time keeper, it doesn't lie. You can set your metronome to very slow speeds when you are starting out. You can also perceive the sound however you feel comfortable. If you want to think about that sound as being the sound of a bass (thats what I do), you can think about it that way if you wish.

I also spoke about using the capo and "transposing" in this video. Transposing means to play a piece of music in a different key that what it was written in. Using a capo is one of the easiest ways to transpose in alot of cases in Bluegrass. Lets take a look at the key of G.

The banjo is tuned to G, and that open G is associated with the third string position (barre position). Some very popular keys in Bluegrass are the keys of G, A, Bb, and B. To quickly transpose to these keys we can simple put a capo on any of the desired related frets and away we go. Remember to raise the fifth string as well whenever you use a capo. I would also like to say that we can transpose into any of the twelve keys, but the fingering will begin to change as we get into the first and second string positions.

Keep it going,


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