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    Re: Bluegrass Banjo Backup Basics

    Hi Ric,

    Thanks for your interest. I just got back from conducting the 90-minute workshop on Bluegrass Banjo Backup Basics at the CBA “Fathers Day” BG festival in Grass Valley, Calif. about 20...
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    Bluegrass Banjo Backup Basics

    Here is virtual version of a 90-minute workshop on Bluegrass Banjo Backup Basics that I have conducted at several bluegrass festivals in the past few years, most recently at the CBA festival in Grass...
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    Re: Banjo backup for Devil's Dream?

    Mike,

    For basic rolling backup behind a fast fiddle tune, I have found it most effective to play mostly simple forward rolls and avoid playing the 3rd scale-tone of whatever chord is being...
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    Re: How do I learn to play backup for songs?

    timtim,

    For the past seven years or so, I have put on a “Basic Bluegrass Banjo Backup” workshop at the Fathers’ Day BG Festival in Grass Valley, CA that has been very well received. I usually...
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    Re: Melodic "Keith" Style Compared to Scruggs Style.

    Jeff,

    A lot depends on whether your goals include playing in a bluegrass band, or you just want to play fiddle tunes at home by yourself or with a couple of friends (not that there is anything...
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    Re: Anybody use alternate tunings?

    BanjoBelle,

    Alternate tunings are not very common in traditional bluegrass as played by Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, JD Crowe, etc.
    I’d estimate that at least 80% of the time traditional...
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    Re: Melodic "Keith" Style Compared to Scruggs Style.

    Hi 9LbShellhamer,

    You asked for an example of both Scruggs-style and Keith-style.

    Here’s a recording of Earl Scruggs playing a fiddle tune with his impeccable sense of melody, timing, and...
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