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Today's Chords: 'Playing the Melody' .. + see pg. 11

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Jul 14, 2011 - 6:42:06 PM

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Nice. I like this site.

Jul 21, 2011 - 1:43:39 PM

1126 posts since 7/15/2003

quote:
Originally posted by rowrowrowurboat

Nice. I like this site.


rowrowrowurboat -  I am glad you like it ..... I have used it to learn about chord progressions, play along for backup practice and lead breaks from time to time.   Welcome aboard! Phil

Edited by - Kemo Sabe on 07/21/2011 13:46:31

Jul 27, 2011 - 6:43 AM

80 posts since 10/17/2009

Thanks a million times over for all of this fantastic information. Being a newbie ( have a year and a half of playing under my belt) this type of information is so helpful and simplifies/ clarifies so much.

I'm still being stunned by the generosity of folks on Banjo Hangout, sharing so much valuable information. Yahoo!

Jul 28, 2011 - 12:32:19 PM

1126 posts since 7/15/2003

quote:
Originally posted by 45fun

............ this type of information is so helpful and simplifies/ clarifies so much .....
 


 45fun - thanks for your very kind words .... it thrills me to see folks 'get it' with this thread.  As time goes by and you practice and practice and jam and jam ...and listen for those chord changes - you get the feel of the music and chord changes become second nature. Phil

Aug 3, 2011 - 9:06:16 PM

80 posts since 10/17/2009

Phil -
I played with my cousins - accomplished guitar players - recently at a big family reunion. It was my first time ever playing with folks and it was a blast. I learned so much in that couple hours of having fun playing and singing together.

Made me realize I need to bring my notebook to remind me of songs I could play that they might know, and would've been handy to have the words to the songs. My cousins would tell me the basic three chords in a song, and the timing, and off we went. Didn't know it would be so fun & it helped that I have wonderful cousins.

Look forward to playing with more folks & studying your information to help me on my way.

Thanks

Aug 9, 2011 - 12:35:37 PM
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1126 posts since 7/15/2003

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoKat2

Phil -
I played with my cousins - accomplished guitar players - recently at a big family reunion. It was my first time ever playing with folks and it was a blast. I learned so much in that couple hours of having fun playing and singing together.

Made me realize I need to bring my notebook to remind me of songs I could play that they might know, and would've been handy to have the words to the songs. My cousins would tell me the basic three chords in a song, and the timing, and off we went. Didn't know it would be so fun & it helped that I have wonderful cousins.

Look forward to playing with more folks & studying your information to help me on my way.

Thanks


 BanjoKat2 - Congratulations on enjoying your first jam - nice going!  I bet your cousins enjoyed seeing you jump in there with the banjo.  Hang in there and enjoy.  Thanks for posting about your first jam and thanks for your comments.  Phil 

Aug 24, 2011 - 2:31:49 PM

1126 posts since 7/15/2003

THANK YOU MODERATORS FOR THE WORK YOU DO!!!!!   Phil

Aug 25, 2011 - 3:21:40 PM

5713 posts since 3/13/2010

Great job, great song, Phil.

Aug 28, 2011 - 12:18:05 PM

pick it

USA

6908 posts since 10/23/2003

ACCORDING TO SOME ON THIS FORUM DOSN'T MATTER WHAT CORDS YOU GO TO.

Edited by - pick it on 08/28/2011 12:18:45

Sep 23, 2011 - 6:27:39 PM

55 posts since 5/15/2009

i was wondering.

is this open c tuning g-c-g-b-d or another type on c tuning. i really like this song and am gonna work on it. it sort of has that old college song feel to it. i love it. please let me know where to tune what strings. if the 4the string is to be tuned to a c, it would be two fretts down, right... any and all help would be greatly appreciated. ttyl, steve

Sep 24, 2011 - 11:15:33 AM

benjo75

USA

484 posts since 2/17/2008

Hey Steve. In my version of Freight Train, I'm in open G tuning. Nothing odd. I do capo on the 5th. fret to make the song in C. Which is where, I believe, most people play it.

I use the chords--G-D-G-B-C-G-D-G.

Those are the open chords that I use. If you use those chords without a capo, then the song will be in G. If you put the capo on the 5th. fret, then it will be in C.    

Sep 24, 2011 - 1:47:10 PM

55 posts since 5/15/2009

hi ben, thank you. i'm sorta new, so capo at the 5 th fret did not even cross my mind. you have opened my world. i'll allways consider this option in the future along with the open tunings. thanks ben, thank you very much. ttyl, steve
Sep 24, 2011 - 1:58:16 PM

55 posts since 5/15/2009

hello again ben, you'll get tired of me now...lol

i was wondering, about the 5th string

i have railroad spikes in my 7th and 9th frets for the a and b...do i just hook the 5th string at the 9th fret, and take it up another half step?

 

thanks again. steve

Sep 24, 2011 - 6:27:17 PM

japus

USA

1486 posts since 4/22/2003

it's my understanding that when you capo any fret, the fith string must be capoed 5 frets up from where the capo is placed...

correct me if I'm wrong

Sep 25, 2011 - 6:05:54 PM

benjo75

USA

484 posts since 2/17/2008

Hey Steve. No problem, that's what we're here for. That's right, just hook your fifth string at the ninth fret, then tune up another half step. Just make sure that your fifth string matches your first string when fretted at the tenth fret. Another words, fret the first and the fifth string at the tenth fret. The notes should match. They should both be C notes.    

Sep 26, 2011 - 5:28:16 PM

55 posts since 5/15/2009

hi ben,

 thank you once again. i will do that. and also get back to u in a few days of playin with it. it shoudl be fun. ttyl, steve

thank you also kemosabe for the thread and help. ttyl, steve

Oct 6, 2011 - 10:59:20 AM

55 posts since 5/15/2009

down the road.

wow, my banjo teacher taught me this. it was the 3rd or 4th song i was taught. i remember how i had a mental block with the intro. i actually just had to learn it backwards, b/c that is how it made sense to me. i learnt the melody of the chorus first, then the verses, then the intro. i remember having the overwhelming confidence that if i could learn this song, and do it ok, at first, then i could get it up to speed, with practice, and then i could play hundreds of songs. i considered it a major hurdle to get over, and i could play alot of I-IV-V songs with some confidence that i could keep up with the other guys in the jam session. my teacher also, at the same time, had me learn, get in line brothers, and with both of these songs, i really felt that i could hang in there with other pickers, even if only at first, with my moderate speed. i've been reading tab for over 30 years, but with guitar and bass. making the switch to banjo tabs was quite easy, so i don't have a problem following along with and
memorizing the tabs, then i did not have to use the tabs. i have it in my memory bank, and then can just concentrate on getting the songs up to speed, and with accuracy. another great song and fun to play. thanks again...steve


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Oct 19, 2011 - 7:21:55 PM

55 posts since 5/15/2009

I like the way u play this in 3 different keys. i was working on this from a g position, i'll see if i can pick it in all 3 keys. this should be fun...thanks again kemo sabe...

Oct 27, 2011 - 8:33:26 AM

310 posts since 7/28/2011

I'm sure once I figure it out, it will be very helpful. Right now its kind of like reading chinese. Thanks!

Oct 27, 2011 - 8:23:15 PM

55 posts since 5/15/2009

MOUNTAIN DEW...ANOTHER CLASSIC..thanks once again kemo sabe

Nov 17, 2011 - 11:21:55 AM

33 posts since 5/31/2010

There's a smidgen of truth to the old saying:

 

If you've heard one bluegrass song you've heard them both...........

 

Should've have been:

if you've heard 4 bluegrass songs you've pert near heard em all.... big

 

Nov 29, 2011 - 4:39:52 AM

1126 posts since 7/15/2003

quote:
Originally posted by hickorysmokebbq

There's a smidgen of truth to the old saying:

 

If you've heard one bluegrass song you've heard them both...........

 

Should've have been:

if you've heard 4 bluegrass songs you've pert near heard em all.... big

 


Yep - I think you have a good point of humor there.  Sometimes there are huge similarities - and that makes learning the chord progression and melody a lot easier.  Phil

Dec 5, 2011 - 7:24:40 AM

496 posts since 5/31/2004

I posted a sound file of Blackberry Blossom from my upcoming Mel Bay book...check it out, it features four solos in melodic, single string,  pedal point and Scruggs.


Dec 5, 2011 - 7:38:18 AM

Nancy

USA

28049 posts since 3/11/2004

quote:
Originally posted by jackhatfield

I posted a sound file of Blackberry Blossom from my upcoming Mel Bay book...check it out, it features four solos in melodic, single string,  pedal point and Scruggs.


 Wow, Jack! I love the way you play. I have that song on my computer as I type. 

You have always been a friend and a hero. I believe that you still are. You inspire me. I needed that inspiration right now.

I had laid aside the banjo, but I hear you play. Here's telling you that I will again pick it up and try again.

I gave up, but like I said, you inspire me. 

 And yes, I will order your new book. 

It's been a long time since I wrote or talked to you or ordered from you. I begin again.

Thank you, my friend. Thank you.

 Nancy

 Merry Christmas, Jack. I think that you have given me my Christmas gift with this post. I begin again. 

  

Edited by - Nancy on 12/05/2011 07:42:28

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