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Earl Scruggs Licks

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This week we're going to start poking our heads into the land of Earl Scruggs. Earl, in addition to playing ingenious fast-rolling banjo, had a very cool repertoire of these bluesier, not roll-based licks. Aside from them all being musically great, a nice thing about these licks is that they are shape based and therefore modular and moveable.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Lester Flatt
Earl Scruggs
Is It Too Late Now?
Chris Eldridge

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Earl Scruggs Licks


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Loop 0:22 Introduction to Lesson

Loop 3:10 Breakdown of Earl Scruggs Licks

Loop 18:02 Closing Thoughts






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James Macklin
James Macklin Oct 16, 2016

These licks are very boogie-woogie-piano-like. That first lick sounds like a left hand bass line.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Oct 21, 2016

I know, right? It's not what people usually think of when they think of Earl Scruggs, but to me it's quintessential stuff. 

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Oct 13, 2016

Cool licks ... especially the 2nd one that is virually ripping my coordination out of my hand. The 1st one will have to wait for when I can actually play but the 2nd one man ... rulz as they say .... hours just to get it to this point


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Oct 21, 2016

Kip,  it's sounding good but you're doubling your down strokes when you go to play the first G note on the first string. If you straighten that out I suspect it might get a little easier. So the first two notes (the repeated G) you play on the first string should both be played with upstrokes. 

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Oct 22, 2016

Thanks Chris ... I have to straighten out this constant extra beat stuff with everything ... I think its a combination of trying too much too quickly. I've felt from the beginning I was probably in over my head with these classes but I enjoy it so much I won't quit. Like I said in the past its worth the price of admission just to watch you pick up close. I feel like if I were sittng in the same room with you many of these things could be straightened out more quickly but this method is absolutely the 2nd best option for an old cat like me. I have to constantly remind myself that I'm not in a race and this is just a pleasurable journey. Thanks again.

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