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Many players simply avoid the D chord position because it's something that they haven't spent much time exploring. The tips and tricks that I'll teach during this workshop will take the mystery out of Playing in D and will give you a powerful new skill to use when you're jamming with other pickers, both on fast and slow songs.
This 2 1/2 hour workshop will focus entirely on playing breaks and backup in the D chord position. Tune your banjo to regular Open G gDGBD and then capo (hook) the 5th string at the 7th fret (A note).
Players should be familiar with playing the I, IV, and V chords in the Key of D in all three major chord inversions: the F-shaped, D-shaped, and Barre chords for D, G, and A.
Players should also be familiar with playing D7, G7, and A7 in various locations on the fingerboard as well as all of the basic right-hand roll patterns.
I hope you'll join me on Saturday, September 14 in Oakton VA -Tom
Tom's banjo class in Edmonton, Alberta
Among the topics that Tom will teach are:
- Intros and Endings
- Fundamentals of rolling backup in D chord position
- Using partial chords to make quick and clean transitions between chords
- Runs that connect notes within the same chord
- Runs that connect any chord to another chord
- How to take what you already know about playing down-the-neck in Open G and converting it to playing in the D chord position
- Up-the-neck Scruggs rolls and licks in G, like Lonesome Road Blues and tweaking them to fit playing in the D chord position
- Using the capo to enable playing the D chord position for the Keys of E and F
- Playing both slow (think Tennessee Waltz) and fast (think All the Good Times Are Past and Gone) 3/4 time songs in D chord position
- The banjo instrumental "Dancing in the Hog Trough", a fiery, up-tempo tune written by Lynn Morris - this tune uses so little left-hand fretting and is such a driving number that you'll forget you're playing in the D chord position (recorded source: Lynn Morris CD Mama's Hand, 1995)
- Bluesy J.D. Crowe/Jimmy Martin-style licks for songs in D
- Accompanying a singer on a slow song by using 2-string backup on the first two strings
- Using triplets to create a solid, full-sounding break on a slow song
At the workshop, you'll get a printed handout of banjo tablature for each of the examples listed above.
Audio recording is permitted.