Major Scales for Banjo-Melodic and Closed Positions

Jody Hughes, Banjos, Mandolins and Guitars, oh my

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4 Videos (17m)
    • G Major Scale + Intro

    • C major Scale

    • D major Scale

    • G 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

Banjos, Mandolins and Guitars, oh my

I have been teaching and playing music for over 23 years. During that time the highlights of my career include performing on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. I am a three time Georgia State Banjo and Guitar champion.

I currently maintain a private lesson studio both in-person and online with students all around the world.

My background is in all acoustic music-bluegrass, jazz, folk, blues and classical. I studied Improvisation and Jazz...

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