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Oct 18, 2021 - 9:52:37 PM
262 posts since 7/3/2005

I’m a solid Intermediate/Advanced player with nearly 20 years under my belt but my Achilles heel is playing in C or D ( or any key that’s not open) sure I fumble along doing rolling back up but I need to step it up. I’ve been looking for any resource online particularly in tab form dedicated strictly to learning in the key of C or D and movable licks and such.
I just can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. Any suggestions would be appreciated

Oct 18, 2021 - 10:15:31 PM

1611 posts since 1/28/2013

Not a lot readily available tabs for free online. Best bet is to take a few lessons from a Professional that specializes in playing songs in those keys. Here is a basic lesson, but you really need somebody who is an expert in all types of songs. How to Play Banjo in D! - YouTube Here is a player who specializes in songs in D and gives lessonsBach D minor Prelude No. 6 - On Banjo and Guitar - YouTube

Edited by - jan dupree on 10/18/2021 22:32:05

Oct 18, 2021 - 11:12:56 PM
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60501 posts since 10/5/2013

Eddie Collins has a couple of books out for playing in those keys. Or check out my video (shameless plug) for “Are You Missing Me” in the video library.

Edited by - chuckv97 on 10/18/2021 23:15:20

Oct 19, 2021 - 12:14:08 AM



3052 posts since 11/8/2010

Beautiful, Chuck! E played out of C/capo 4 is an interesting idea. What are you using for the backing track?

Oct 19, 2021 - 12:27:40 AM



60501 posts since 10/5/2013

Originally posted by phb

Beautiful, Chuck! E played out of C/capo 4 is an interesting idea. What are you using for the backing track?

 Thanks,,,,  no backing track, Philipp,, I overdub rhythm guitar myself.

Oct 19, 2021 - 12:46:59 AM
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3052 posts since 11/8/2010

Ha, that's why it sounds so good! :)

Shouldn't you be sleeping? :) 

Edited by - phb on 10/19/2021 00:47:50

Oct 19, 2021 - 4:44:02 AM

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26546 posts since 8/3/2003

You can capo up 5 (capo 5th up also) and play out of open G chords. I do that quite a bit because it suits my voice better. Otherwise, learn some C musical phrases and licks and figure out how to plug them into the melody notes on the song you're picking. Takes time, effort and lots of practice and jammin' with others to get comfortable with it.

As far as playing out of D, you can do the same as above: learn D musical phrases and licks, etc. If D chords give you problems then capo up to and play out of C chords.

You still have open strings on both C and D songs so use those chords to make the song sound more bluegrass like.

Oct 19, 2021 - 7:19:41 AM

113 posts since 2/7/2020

Can you play a melody-based break up the neck in open G? If so, move it down the neck 5 frets for D or 7 frets for C.

Often it's about finding the melody notes in the movable chord shapes. So you need to be able to switch between these shapes automatically.

Oct 19, 2021 - 8:51:54 AM

251 posts since 8/25/2009

I am not a Scruggs picker, but my clawhammer teacher taught me two open D tunings:

F#, D, F#, A, D E

I preferred:

E, D, F#, A, D E

because the fifth string is an octave up from the first string, just like G-tuning (which I was used to ).

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