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Essential Banjo Licks

Essential Banjo LIcks
Essential Banjo Licks
by Ross Nickerson

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Eight different categories of "Must Know" Essential Banjo Licks with easy to read tablature and split screen video. Categories include Beginnings, Endings, Turnarounds, Scruggs Style, Melodic, Backup, Up the Neck, Chromatic, Blues, Bending Strings, Slow Banjo Styles, Hot Licks.(see descriptions below)

This DVD has just been completed. It features over 100 useful and fun banjo licks that are essential to your knowledge and development. It was filmed using high quality split screen so you can see both hands and features the licks played at a faster and slow speed to make it easier to learn.

Read the descriptions below of the different categories of licks that are covered and demonstrated for you.

1. Beginnings, Endings and Turnarounds

What's more important than getting off to a good start, being able to turn a song around and repeat, or ending the song with confidence? These three pieces to the puzzle can tie it all together for you. The Beginning licks are low and up the neck intro examples that you could use to kick off a standard Bluegrass song. There are eight examples in G, five in C and and five in D. The Endings and Turnarounds have examples in G, C and D as well. These turnaround examples are used over and over in songs while playing backup or solos. If you have some down you are always ready to get in and out. All the examples are demonstrated on video slower and faster with pain staking edited tab!!

2. Must Know Scruggs Style Licks for G, C and D

I've filmed many of the classic "must know" Scruggs Style Licks for G, C and D. These licks or short segments of music are the key to becoming a good banjo player. The Scruggs Style just works, if you learn it correctly it gives you the foundation to build on. There are licks like the intro to Foggy Mountain Breakdown, the shave and a haircut ending and more advanced licks like the double hammer pull-off classic in Earl's Breakdown. Others include up the neck classics, C and D licks, the Ground Speed D Lick, 2 to 5 slides, pull-offs and other "must know" material.

3. Melodic and Single String Style Banjo

This segment of the DVD features building block Melodic and Single String banjo licks. Learning these techniques in this format will be an excellent way to gain a greater understanding of how they are used and the approach needed to master them.

4. Backup Banjo

I've included many of the classic Scruggs Style Backup Licks that you'll need to know to begin developing or polishing up your backup skills. There are Vamping licks, two Slow Song Backup examples, a Backup Verse and Chorus example, Fiddle Backup example and a Bass Runs in a song example demonstrated in close up video. Some of the material used for these videos is in my book The Banjo Encyclopedia so this is an opportunity to get a close-up video demonstration of these important techniques.

5. Up the Neck Banjo

The Up the Neck The DVD will demonstrate many of the must know up the neck licks along with a song example played low and up the neck. In one of the video segments included I demonstrated a common low neck lick and then it's up the neck corresponding lick. This way for every lick or phrase you can play low on the neck , you will have an up the neck corresponding one, so you can move up and down and transpose quickly. The song example is She'll be Coming Around the Mountain played slow and fast low on the neck, then the slow and fast high on the neck. The two versions are as identical as the technique allows and will really give you a good lesson in learning to do this for yourself in the songs you know already.

6. Slow Banjo Styles

This segment teaches the key picking patterns and emphasis needed to get the slow backup sound for waltz's and other slower bluegrass tunes. This is definitely an example of a technique that is very hard to learn and teach from tab. If you play the notes without the emphasis in the correct place, it sounds as though it makes no sense. The video will give you the chance to see and hear it, so you can get the emphasis easily by ear, while getting the notes to play from the tab.

7. More Blues Chromatic, Triplets, Hot Licks

This segment features more bluesy, fun and hot trick licks to spice up your songs and solos. The DVD includes triplet licks which are always fun and easy to use. Also on the DVD are some longer fun lick examples and some hot licks to learn that always get a listeners attention. These low and up the neck examples were chosen carefully to be ones that not only teach the techniques but are easy to use and plug in to the songs you already know.

8. Bending the Strings

Bending the Strings is a powerful technique to use on the banjo. Basically a bend works the same way as a slide, pull-of or hammer-on works, picking one note and getting a second note with the fretting hand. However bending the strings has an effect that you can't achieve with slides, pulls and hammers. These bending tricks always catch the listener and add a whole new dimension to your playing, and they are flat out fun to play too.


.......Dear Ross, The quality of the Essential Licks DVD is second to none and the tab download alone is worth the price by its self. Many thanks, Dave Douglas
.....I ordered Ross Nickerson Essential Banjo Licks and it is outstanding. I play and teach banjo guitar fiddle mandolin piano etc. at southern cross studios in south Texas. My students were catching up with me (: this is a great help. Thank you so much.

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