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ABC 2021 Online Old-Time Banjo Workshops


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ABC Old-Time Banjo Workshops
Saturday, April 10th, 2021

11:00 - 12:15

Riley Baugus
Exploring Open D, or "Reuben" Tuning (f#DF#AD)
Where the notes and chords are, & easy ways to use Open D for both melody and song accompaniment. This is a great sounding, highly resonant banjo tuning that isn't used as much these days as it should be!! Along the way, you'll learn the song, "Your Lone Journey" from Rosa Lee Watson (wife of Doc Watson) and recorded by Alison Kraus & Robert Plant, with Riley on banjo.

12:30 - 1:45

Paul Brown
Soul of the Banjo: the Core Characteristics and How to Bring Them Out
How melody, percussion, pitch & backup work together to make great banjo playing.

2:00 - 3:15

Ken Perlman
Beyond the Galax Lick: the Arpeggio Technique in Clawhammer
Analogous to crosspicking on guitar or mandolin, in the arpeggio technique you obtain a series of two or more notes by dragging the picking fingernail from string to string in a controlled manner (think like of it as a broken brush in which you stop on each successive string for a full beat, half a beat, or some other time interval). We'll look at several useful applications of this technique, including the Galax lick, arpeggiated triplets, the full clawhammer roll, certain types of syncopation, and upwardly moving runs of notes.

3:30 - 4:45

Allison deGroot
Using Chord Shapes as a Road Map for Melody Around the Neck
We will learn "Jenny Lind Polka" by outlining the melody with chord inversions (different ways of playing the same chord). This approach is helpful with notey-tunes and gives you a road map of the tune. This workshop will be step by step; the goals are to see the connection between chords and melody, and also learn "Jenny Lind Polka!"

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