Here is my tutorial video for our self-titled song from our album Good Company.
Wow thanks Colton, outstanding tune and one of the best tutorials available, very effective and well delivered.
Not wanting to pinch your trade secrets, It would be interesting to know how you go about coming up with the banjo parts for your songs, Is it as simple as just noodle about until it sounds right with the band or is it more planned and at which stage does the banjo part develop, is it after the melody is agreed or do lyrics come first etc
conic great question! Each song is different, we write songs as a team but usually one member will come with an idea that the rest of us build off of. Sometimes these are almost fully finished songs, in which case my job is to come up with a banjo part that suits the song (for example, Scott wrote Travellin' Man and it was pretty much a whole song when he brought it to the group). Some songs start with just a chord progression or riff, and the rest of the song is built off of that (Banjo Odyssey started with the main banjo riff and was built outward from there). In this case, I believe Nate came up with the main parts of the songs and I was just trying to fill out my parts. The songs on Good Company are interesting because I was just learning to play the banjo, so the way I wrote the parts was I would take whatever technique I was working on learning at the time and make that the focus of the banjo part. In this song, I was obviously learning the Forward/Backward roll, so that pretty much became the whole banjo part. In a way, the banjo in a lot of these early TDS songs can be seen as exercises which focus on one or two simple techniques that I was trying to learn at the time.
thanks for taking the time. , very interesting info, when i was learning in hell -good company i realised i had not been practicing the backward roll much so struggled with the up the neck run so i played a just a syncopated backward roll as backup to everything i played for a few weeks and one day it just clicked.
Cheers Colton, you're an absolute legend for sharing you're work like this. One day I might be able to play them up to speed and work out that little embellishment you put into "In Hell..." in your live shows. I'm interested to know which style you found easier to learn, clawhammer or Scruggs? (I've been playing ch for years but since hearing TDS I'm tying my fingers in knots trying to play 3 finger style).
Anyway keep the tabs coming, and thanks again.
stedoyle I started learning both around the same time, originally I had an easier time with three-finger style as I came from a fingerstyle guitar background. It took a little longer to get the hang of basic clawhammer. I still go back-and-forth as to which style is more difficult, sometimes Scruggs style gives me a harder time and sometimes it's clawhammer.
Thanks for the reply Colton, did you find the fast picking speed hard to get used to or did it come quite naturally to you?
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