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Strategies for mastering the art of old time banjo.

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Example Five:
Be sure to add some minor chords into your exercises.
Example Six:
In this last example we are changing the chord on each "bump". Experiment with different cord combinations and come up with some of your own exercises. Once you can change chords while keeping a steady rhythm we can take a look at playing a couple of songs.
Playing and Singing
Let's look at what we've done up to this point. We have looked at the basics of the frailing strum, rhythm in 4/4 time, forming chords and changing chords. Up to now we have practiced each of these things individually and blended one or two items together for some exercises. Now we are going to put it all together and add your voice into the mix.
Let's break a song into its basic framework. For our first example we'll look at the old fiddle tune "Cripple Creek".
"Cripple Creek" is a song in 4/4 time. For this example we are going to play it in G.
We are not going to play the melody right now. What we are focusing on here is keeping a steady frailing strum (rhythm) along with the chord progression in order to create a back up for your voice.






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