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Strategies for mastering the art of old time banjo.

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Minor 7 chord: 1, 3b, 5, 7b notes in the scale. Dominant 7 chord: 1, 3, 5, 7b notes in the scale. Diminished chord: 1, 3b, 5b, 6 notes in the scale. Augmented chord: 1, 3, 5# notes in the scale. 6 th chord: 1, 3, 5, 6 notes in the scale. Suspended chord: 1, 4, 5 notes in the scale.
You don't have to memorize the notes of every chord form, but understanding that chords are built from scales will help you find melody lines and scale patterns on the fretboard in jamming situations.
Before you head to the next chapter spend some time tinkering with chord progressions. Listen to how even a progression as simple as the I-IV-V can be bent and reshaped into different sounds.
The next step is to use those sounds to create melodies and exciting rhythms.
Moveable Chord Forms
Because the fretboard is laid out in half steps along the chromatic scale you can move chord forms up and down the neck. What this means is that you can learn almost every available chord on your banjo just by moving around a handful of chord forms.
The G Position:
The G7 chord follows the same pattern.
The C Position:
The F Position:

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