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Discuss the Banjo lesson: Bluesy Backup

Every banjo player eventually wants to be a better backup player, and this one is gonna give you an edge for bluesy tunes! What I like most about these patterns is they don’t use any open strings, which means you can use them to play in ANY key without a capo!

Love the new website format Ben! This lesson is perfect for me at the moment- been trying ways to break out of the more standard backup patterns for a while- this one made my left wrist quite sore! its a bit of a stretch!! thanks again, Will (from England!)

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Great to hear! Keep me posted on your progress!

What really makes this Lesson super useful in any Key, is the moveable patterns. More and more, I see my progress dependent on learning licks, tricks and mood-setting styles that can be applied. I would love to see Banjo Ben sometime post a good Tab of the 12-bar Blues song “Foggy Mountain Special” at some point in the future. Surprisingly, FMS was not played in “Scruggs-Style” picking, although, ironically it was played by Earl Scruggs himself; so he too, apparently was fascinated by bluesy banjo-playing. :wink: FMS lends itself well to variation by virtue of the 12-bar blues style which, as this lesson shows, is a style that is a blast to play!