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Melodic Style in the Key of D, Part 1: D Major Scale

This lesson is part of the course Bluegrass Banjo with Bill Evans.
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Melodic Style in the Key of D  
 
Melodic Style in the Key of D  
 
Melodic Style in the Key of D, Part 1: D Major Scale
Melodic Style in the Key of D, Part 1: D Major Scale
 
In this lesson you’ll explore melodic style playing in the key of D, with the fifth string tuned up to D, using the fiddle tune “Whiskey Before Breakfast.” Bill gets you started by showing you the D major scale in two octaves. The positions up the neck are a little tricky, because the fifth string is tuned to A and the D major scale has a C# instead of C, but it won’t take long to get the new scale positions under your fingers.

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