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Jul 3, 2021 - 7:57:27 AM
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115 posts since 9/12/2006

Over the years, I've gone around the country giving a 2-hour workshop on how to swap out licks to create new interesting solos. Recently, I condensed the key points of the workshop into an 8-minute video. It is quite insightful if you're trying to grasp the key concepts as to how its done. Tab for each lick is shown for those who want to dig deeper and try it.

Questions, comments and feedback are welcome. Would love to hear from those who have developed a slightly different approach that produces similar results. Happy picking to all!


Jul 3, 2021 - 7:42:25 PM
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Tommy5

USA

3895 posts since 2/22/2009

Cool video, I purchased your book, “Beyond the Basics of Bluegrass Banjo” a couple of years ago and found it to be one of the best Banjo instruction books, I keep going back to it to find new stuff and stuff I have either forgotten or wasn’t interested in years ago. Many old traditionalist in the jam I used to go to before Co- vid would play the same licks forever in tunes they memorized, when I suggested they add a few melodic or single string licks to their tool case they looked at me as if I had two heads and was talking blasphemy. Some banjo players I have encountered seem to think Bluegrass is classical music and that they aren’t allowed to change licks or keys or tempo or lyrics that differ from the way they were taught or the way the tune was written down . Improvising is what makes Bluegrass fun to play and thank you for demonstrating this in your books and this video.

Jul 7, 2021 - 5:30:33 AM

birdman

USA

492 posts since 8/24/2004

good stuff

Jul 12, 2021 - 5:15:26 AM

Bowser

USA

151 posts since 12/30/2020

This was a neat video, i will start trying this.

Sep 8, 2021 - 2:19:41 PM

avnnbl

USA

1 posts since 7/23/2013

I would love to have the pdf and tabs that go with this video.

Sep 16, 2021 - 4:42:20 PM

cold hands luke

Scotland

24 posts since 4/20/2017

thx, brilliant at breaking down theory, technique banjo

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