In this Course I demonstrate how to play your G, C and D major scales using what is commonly referred to as "melodic style" on the five-string banjo.
In addition to the scales, I explain the rules you need to know to understand the logic behind melodic-style banjo.
After learning our scales, we cover a few exercises to develop flexibility with the style.
Melodic-style is key to being able to play fiddle-tunes, classical, jazz and many types of music on the 5-string banjo.
I have been playing and teaching for over 20 years. During that time I've been fortunate enough to perform on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry. In addition to playing as a solo artist I perform with the Chuck Nation bluegrass band, as well as in the Banjo+Cello duo called Bow N’ Banjo. I'm a three time Georgia State Banjo and Flatpick Guitar winner and the 2006 Merlefest Banjo winner.
I studied Music Theory and Jazz Improvisation under nationally acclaimed pianist Kevin Bales for five years. Studying improvisation under a pianist provided me with a unique outlook for all of my music studies. My extensive training in a variety of musical systems (Bluegrass, Jazz, Popular, Classical) has given me knowledge of both the formal and aural/traditional systems.
When I'm not performing or teaching, I spend most of my time developing educational material for banjo as well as writing original compositions.