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!

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About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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One 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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