In this video I show you how to play "Bells of St Mary's." This arrangement is based on the classic Bing Crosby version sang in the movie of the same name. It is different than the one a lot of banjo players play.
Prerequisites: Know your basic rolls (Forward/Forward-Reverse/Alternating Thumb), also some backwards rolls are used. Left-hand wise a basic knowledge of your three major and minor chord shapes is good to know.
All material is played slowly
TAB is shown on screen as well as a PDF downloadable version. Video is shot in 1080p HD format and with a condenser mic.
Anyone purchasing this video has email access to me concerning questions about the material. I am here to help!
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.