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The driving sound of the banjo is at the heart of many styles of roots music. Get started with basic chords, strums, and fingerings, along with simple bluegrass rolls, accompaniment patterns, clawhammer style, and more.
 
 
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Vamping
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In this lesson you’ll learn an accompaniment technique called “vamping.” Vamping involves using movable chords, and in this lesson you’ll learn the F shape. Bill shows you a vamping pattern you can use in a jam session when you want to get out of the way of the other instruments, but still provide some rhythmic support. This is a great technique behind a mandolin or guitar solo, for example, or to back up another banjo player. Bill shows you where the G, C, and D chords are with the F shape and then plays slow versions of “Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” and “I’ll Fly Away” so you can vamp along with him.

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