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Jun 3, 2020 - 5:38:50 PM
96 posts since 8/11/2008

Hi everyone, I heard this song (Heart of Stone) opening on the banjo by the band Newtown and I've tried to slow it down but I can't figure out the picking pattern and I've never see the chord shape Jr. is using. I have just started playing Scruggs style about a year ago and am not real familiar with all the patterns and chord shapes yet. Help please.

Jun 4, 2020 - 7:46:36 AM
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3429 posts since 3/28/2008

In that intro the chords alternate between F and G, both played in the "F shape". The right-hand pattern is TIMTIMTI, played on strings 42142142 for each chord.

Jun 4, 2020 - 10:47:21 AM

96 posts since 8/11/2008

Thank you. I looked on line and it's been posted that the chords to the song are Am-Em and G so that was what was giving me problems

Jun 4, 2020 - 4:52:42 PM

3429 posts since 3/28/2008

Yeah, those are the chords for the verse. The chorus also has an F and  Dm. But the intro, as I said, is F and G.

Edited by - Ira Gitlin on 06/04/2020 16:54:13

Jun 4, 2020 - 5:13:37 PM

3429 posts since 3/28/2008

Correction: The verse contains Am, Em, and Dm. The chorus also contains an F. At just one point later in the song they change one of the D-minors to a D-major.

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:43:54 PM
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96 posts since 8/11/2008

Thanks for the info and break down. I think it's a great song and band

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:52:35 AM

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Training your ear to recognize chord sounds is the key. You can sometime want to play chords in different positions on the neck. And, you often use chord fragments, not complete chords. As far as chords go, the 5 string in standard tuning (i.e. GDAD) has limitations.

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