In this class, Alison Brown talks about using the correct left hand position when playing chord melodies. Chord melodies are a technique often used by jazz and classical guitarists, pianists, and 4 string banjo players. They are not utilized enough on the 5 string banjo. By using them they can provide beautiful and rich music and tones coming out of the banjo and can be a nice change of pace from the rapid fire delivery of notes we are used to hearing from the 5 string banjo.
When playing chord melodies, it is important to use the correct left hand technique so you can cleanly play all of the notes of the chord. This will also allow you to change quickly and smoothly between each chord as you might be changing chords for every melody note.
She is playing her new Deering Julia Belle low tuned banjo. This banjo is perfect for playing chord melodies.
In this video Alison Brown talks about right hand position and the importance of listening when you are playing banjo.
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