Playing Banjo 4-Finger Style – Applying it to a Song

Intro | Background | Observations | Benefits & Challenges | Getting Started | More Getting Started | Applying it to a Song

Finally, here’s a concrete example of how I’m approaching the whole four-finger banjo process.

This is a four-finger version of ‘Buffalo Gals’ using a few four-finger licks. It done in TablEdit. To actually hear about what it sounds like in real life, I like to increase the speed in TablEdit to about 160 – 200%. To do this in TablEdit, go to the MIDI menu and click ‘Relative Speed’ and move the horizontal slider in the upper left from 100% to a higher speed.

Act now, and you’ll also receive a recently-created single string break I’ve done for Buffalo Gals! Also done in TablEdit.

Don’t forget to remember to have fun with this new style, and if you decide to pursue it, do let me know how it’s going!

About Pgibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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1 Response to Playing Banjo 4-Finger Style – Applying it to a Song

  1. Pingback: Playing Banjo 4-Finger Style – Getting Started Yet More | Phill Gibson's Blog

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