“Thanks again, Chris. It’s great to be playing again. I appreciate your teaching style, as we aren’t just learning tunes, which is largely what I did before, which I realize was somewhat limiting, but understanding the chordal context and structures and nuances.” - Sandra Bauer
Provided with the purchase of this workshop
- a pre-workshop chord study and video
- access to video of the Zoom workshop as it went down live on July 5/2020
- an 8-page written overview of the subject which includes detailed chord charts.
- 11 tabs for 7 tunes (some with intermediate and advanced versions)
- Video demos of all the tunes that are tabbed
- The tunes covered are Buffalo Gals, Wild Horses on Stony Point, Fiddler a Dram, Roscoe, Elk River Blues, Shady Grove, Last Chance
Playing in the key of G out of D tuning.
In this workshop, we look at how to use D tuning (double C capoed at the 2nd fret) to play tunes and songs in the key of G.
By just changing the 5th string note, (which for most people just means adjusting the 5th string capo), and learning/incorporating some simple chord shapes and right-hand techniques, I’ll show you an accessible (fairly easy) method that will save you a lot of tuning and instantly give you a unique voice on the banjo. Since delving into this method over the past year or so, it has been a real game-changer for my playing, and I’m excited to share it with you.
You'll be provided with a chord study to look at before the workshop. Some may be familiar to you, as they are really just your basic chord shapes for double C tuning. I will also send you a simple song for you to practice changing between the chords, and a right-hand “roll” to practice. If you are familiar with these chord shapes, you will get much more out of the lesson.
In the workshop, I start by breaking down the"What", "Why" and "When" of this approach. We then move on to "How". We start by looking at what our 6 main chord shapes will be, and how they will be used. We then move on to an arrangement of a common tune to get you acquainted with the basics of the tuning. We then look at some more advanced chords that will allow you some more melodic possibilities. Finally, we'll learn a second, more advanced tune. Throughout the workshop, I'm answering questions that were being posed by the students that were involved in the live element of the workshop. If you take the workshop in "re-run" format, there is a blog that you can post questions that you might have, which I will check periodically.
A word about level
I would say this workshop is Intermediate to Advanced. There is a chance that by the end of the workshop a “lower intermediate” player might get left in the dust a bit, but they’ll be provided with all the resources they’ll need to catch up at their own speed in the future. Generally, I think level is less important in these online workshops as I’m designing them to be more like a course that you’ll work on in the year ahead, revisit, and grow into. One thing I will say about this topic, in particular, is that I wish someone had shown me this early on in my playing.