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Doing "Worried Man" the right way

Posted by docfeetz on Monday, June 4, 2007

OK, so after missing two banjo classes (one due to a trip to Dubuque, the other due to a medical test that was quite undignified), I went to class on Saturday hoping they hadn't gotten too far ahead of me. Not too bad, though I found out they'd been working on the Pete Wernick tablature of "Worried Man" which sounds a lot better than by guitarist's use of the alternating thumb roll which I guess isn't used all that much anyway even though I spent two weeks practicing it. Good motor skills training, I guess.

Anyway, as I worked on it, I had the hardest time with the part where you use the thumb on the second string, middle finger on the first string, thumb on the fifth string, INDEX finger on the second string, thumb on the third string (Second fret), middle finger on the first string, etc. I think I'm remembering it right. Anyway, seemed very counterintuitive to switch to the index finger where I'd just used the thumb. Until I did it a few times and had one of those "AHA!" moments similar to how I felt when I discovered how to bend notes on a harmonica (and ran down the road in Door County yelling, "I got the blues!"). That sequence is a key to bluegrass, I reckon. Now to get it faster...

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