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finding the melody

Posted by danefight on Monday, March 2, 2009

im havin a little trouble pickin out the melody of tunes while rollin.i doo well as long as i have tab to look at but im tryin to break away from that.i also seem to do better readin from notatoin but not on all tunes.i have particular difficulty on 3/4 tunes.another thing i have the most trouble with is playing out of closed positions. like the key of d without a capo. for instance i love love the song reuben and play it purty good tuned to d but have seen a couple of folks do in closed position and liked it better.i guess thats two questions at once.oops.appreciate any help.

3 comments on “finding the melody”

Texasbanjo Says:
Monday, March 2, 2009 @12:10:49 PM

Try picking out JUST the melody to a song you know and know well.  Write down in tab form the melody notes, making sure each melody note is in the correct measure and on the correct beat.  Then figure out a roll the will fit around the melody notes.  After doing that a few times, you'll find there are melody "patterns" that can be used for various melody notes.  Then you can start doing slides into melody notes, adding licks at the end of a musical phrase, etc.


clio Says:
Monday, March 2, 2009 @1:13:48 PM

Agree with Tex. Pick out melody notes alone, memorize the pattern, then add rolls that will fit with the notes. Just sit in your easy chair, pick out the melody, then noodle around to find rolls and licks. Pleasant wayi to spend an evening, and not much else pleasant to do in Clarksville this time of year.

cvgcat76 Says:
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 @7:02:11 PM

I hope you're doing well. Kim went into the hospital 11/24, today is 12/01. call me or at least call her. everytime we think she is better, she takes two steps back. I'm calling out the reserves. I need all the help and support I can get. I remeber you hang out out at the Banjo hangout, that is why I sent this message here, I dont know any other way to reach you.

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