Major Scales for Banjo-Melodic and Closed Positions | Jody Hughes | Skillshare

Major Scales for Banjo-Melodic and Closed Positions

Jody Hughes, Banjo, Improv, and Music Coach

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5 Videos (23m)
    • G Major Scale + Intro

    • C major Scale

    • D major Scale

    • G Scale using Single-String Technique

    • C Scale using Single-String Technique


About This Class

In this course you will learn your G, C and D major scales via melodic and single-string style on the five string banjo.  These scales will thereby enable you to make up things to play on songs and even write your own songs.

These particular sounds bring your banjo playing into sounds other than just your basic bluegrass, old timey sounds. 

I suggest some previous playing experience is needed, basic knowledge of right hand technique and which strings to hit with each finger is assumed.

Melodic style banjo was pioneered by people such as Bill Kieth, Bobby Thompson and Carroll Best.

It is now used by banjo players such as Bela Fleck.

Melodic style banjo is particularly useful if you want to learn a variety of genres on the banjo besides bluegrass and old time sounds.  In particular fiddle tunes, classical, jazz and popular styles of music.

Single-String or what I call Closed position technique is more useful for playing in a variety of keys, as it is easier to transpose.  That will be discussed as the class goes on as well.





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Jody Hughes

Banjo, Improv, and Music Coach




I've taught and played music for over 25 years. During that time I've been fortunate enough to perform on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. I'm a 3 time Georgia State Banjo and Guitar contest champion.

In addition to teaching online and in-person I play private events around the Southeastern U.S, both solo and as a member of the banjo+Cello duo group Bow N' Banjo.

My background is in acoustic music...

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