A Book Of Five Strings - online tutorial

Strategies for mastering the art of old time banjo.

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I know, I know. Right now you're thinking, "What about the melody?" Well, melody is important, but it's actually the last thing you want to worry about right now.
A lot of people make the mistake of trying to learn songs by memorizing the melody. As we discussed earlier in regards to changing chords you don't have time to stop and remember anything when yo u are playing a song. Now, if there isn't time to think about how to make a chord then how could there be enough time to remember every note in the entire song?
In the next chapter we are going to explore the building blocks of music and look at ways we can blend them with our basic frailing skills. Until then, spend some time working on the basics. Then kick back and play rhythm while you sing a few tunes.