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Session 3: Melodic Style in the keys of C, D, and A, Part 1

This lesson is part of the course Melodic and Single-String Banjo with Bill Evans.
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Learn the two bluegrass banjo techniques that were added to Scruggs-style to create exciting bluegrass music from the 1950s to the present day, melodic-style and single-string.
 
 
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Bill shows you his melodic-style versions of “Arkansas Traveler” and “Red Haired Boy” in this video. 

 
 
 
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Session 3: Melodic Style in the keys of C, D, and A  
 
Session 3: Melodic Style in the keys of C, D, and A  
 
Session 3: Melodic Style in the keys of C, D, and A, Part 1
Session 3: Melodic Style in the keys of C, D, and A, Part 1
 

In this session, Bill shows you how to use melodic style to play fiddle tunes in the keys of C, D, and A, covering basic and more complex versions of “The Girl I Left Behind Me” (key of C), “Arkansas Traveler” (key of D) and “Red Haired Boy” (key of A). He reviews the differences between the scales used for these tunes and the more familiar G major scale and explores how to use similar positions for each key, adjusting just one note to accommodate each new key. He shows you his melodic-style arrangement of the “The Girl I Left Behind Me” in this video.


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