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Intro to Melodic Style, Part 1: Playing a Major Scale Melodic Style

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Intro to Melodic Style  
 
Intro to Melodic Style  
 
Intro to Melodic Style, Part 1: Playing a Major Scale Melodic Style
Intro to Melodic Style, Part 1: Playing a Major Scale Melodic Style
 
Melodic-style banjo is a way of playing the banjo that was developed by Bill Keith and others. It involves playing a scale by alternating notes on adjacent strings, allowing the notes of the scale to sustain into one another and thus creating a very smooth sound, in contrast to the two-finger method of playing scales used by Don Reno and others. Today’s banjo players often combine the two techniques. In this lesson, you’ll get started with the concept by learning a G major scale played melodic style.

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