Didn't think I'd care for learning anything about "Scruggs Style", but then ran across this amazing '10-in-one' video about banjo backup, by Sean Ray!
Of course, I see a relationship to fiddle backup.
Suppose it can't hurt me to learn at least one backup etude in this style!
There is SO MUCH, easy to understand, info in this video!
Makes me really finally appreciate ALL our discussions in the "Music Theory" Threads, here on the Forum!
Just listened to the beginning of an Earl Scruggs Teaching LP - "...don't worry, your hand'll cramp up and your fingers will ache - just keep practicin'..." 🤣
🤔... now Larry Sanger's video (of fiddling sounding like bagpipes), has got me thinkin' here... fiddling like banjo? 😳
This is a great video and theres more going on thats useful other than banjo! just gotta see it.
Did you notice you knew where the progression was going even though the video was new to you? part of the whole brainjo discussion and learning by ear type stuff.
patterns... THAT was huge on helping with guitar and where everything was.
thank you for sharing this!
..it was a kick in the butt. so much of what ive been doing on banjo has been melody and just being able to hit the string right. I knew i was going to have to start focusing on chord formations in order to be able to play on the fly and have chords in there with it. in other words coming up with my own way to play tunes aside from someones tab. This video helped by bringing up the patterns ane again. gonna explore that!!
Banjos DO go GREAT with the FIDDLE!
@ABitRusty showed me a fabulous video with JP Harris, where he plays; a 'flush-fret' Banjo, with an extra deep pot (for deeper tone) and a special, but versatile tuning (g,C,E,G,C) - for the dark Oldtime tune, "Rueben's Train"!
The flush frets make it easy to do slides and MICROTONES - just like a fiddle!
NOW for the FIDDLE!
"Rubin's Train" (Reuben's Train) - Bluesy Fiddle Slides and Double-Stops with Chris Wagoner! PRETTY COOL, for only about 4 notes!
Been talking about Chords & Chord Progessions, lately - and Sus Chords (Suspended Chords) are pretty interesting!
Sus Chords have NO 3rd, unlike a Major or Minor Chord - it's usually replaced with the 2nd or 4th, making it UNSTABLE. So, it's "suspended between Major & Minor" - wanting to cause movement toward a stable chord of one or the other!
Here's a great Banjo lesson with Ryan Cavanaugh, "Sus Chords & Pianistic Voicings". At 00:02:10 he show how to use them with a great Bluegrass tune, "Salt Creek"!
FIDDLE TUTORIAL, with Vi Wickam - "Salt Creek" in A mixolydian. He says, "key of D, but the chords center around A"!