Make Up Your Own Banjo Solos – Vol. 1
Learn how to create convincing banjo solos, both “on the fly” in jam sessions and with more precision in your practice time. Here’s the alternative to total dependence on tab and memorizing other people’s arrangements.
“The concepts are explained simply, clearly, and effectively. Recommended for rookie players looking to take that next step toward improvising and playing with others.” — Banjo Newsletter
Even novice pickers will easily follow Pete’s gradual approach to soloing. He starts with the basics — simple chords and rolls – showing you how to instantly play a “placeholder” solo, the simplest way to step out in a jam situation with only the chords to go by. He gradually builds in “filler” content – simple moves and phrases adding variety and believability.
On five bluegrass standards, Pete shows you how to hunt down a song’s melody notes and create a full-fledged arrangement featuring the recognizable melody. The addition of appealing licks, lead-ins, tags and other embellishments will give your solos polish and interest.
- Handsome Molly
- Wabash Cannonball
- Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken
- Man of Constant Sorrow
Players at all levels will benefit from the user-friendly information that Pete imparts in this groundbreaking video lesson. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran picker, Pete gives you the tools you need to build your improvisational and composing skills.
Close-ups of both hands and printable booklet make every note clear!
This video is first in a series about creating solos, addressing first-position solos in the key of G. Later lessons cover soloing in other keys and higher neck positions.