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Discuss the Banjo lesson: Fretboard Geography- Part 5

Part 5 of the Fretboard Geography course with Alan Munde!

I just wanted to let you know that I watched this two years ago, or there about, however after viewing it again today, I learnt some more stuff. This is good info Ben.

I must also comment on how much I admire your respect for Mr. Munde. It is very obvious in your attentiveness and verbal interludes. Thank you.

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He is one of my favorite humans, and I’m so thankful to have him teach with me. Thanks!

He is one of my favorite humans, and I’m so thankful to have him teach with me. Thanks!

What a great series of lessons! Lots learned. I’m really interested in learning tasteful backup and your and Alan’s videos has really helped. Also they help to get comfortable with the fretboard. I’m only about half way through the beginner series, but jumping ahead to watch this series of lessons has really paid off.


I LOVE to hear that!

Ben: My 3rd (or more) time thru this , still dissecting. I watched Mr. K music theory lesson and this is directly related. Seems AM is working the chord scale in the key of G? G, Am, Bm, C,D, Em, Fd ,G. Finding parts this pattern in a lot of songs. Mr. K explanation helped. Fd is a trick, I am not seeing it too much. Back to practicing.

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Mr G…not K

Cool! It’s actually an F# diminished, for the record. Keep going!

This stuff is a game changer. I’ve been playing since 2003 and learned a bunch of songs but never really understood any of what i was playing i guess. Learned everything by memorizing and practicing the notes but could never do anything outside of what i memorized. even backup is/was mostly my lead break played quietly or random licks to fit the chords. Sad, I know. A parrot not a musician.

Just saw this (Munde has always been in my top 3 favs with Earl and Dillard) the other day and started working the first exercises walking up and down the chord progressions in G. So cool. Then i switched my backing track to the key of A and was able to play the progressions in A without a capo. Finding this information is going to make a heck of a difference to me!

Banjo was my 1st instrument at age 35. I can’t read music, I barely understand theory, I can’t improvise anything outside of GCD but finally something makes sense. I can see so many possibilities with this. I’m going to get this stuff down and see where it takes me. This block of instruction is a treasure.


Hi @lefty5string Welcome to @BanjoBen 's Forum

Yes there’s lots of great lessons here that will advance your knowledge of music theory as well as playing banjo. This is not like other websites that teach banjo. This site could best be described as the encyclopedia of banjo playing.

Hey Mike! Welcome to the board!

These fret board geography lessons are really popular just for the reasons you mentioned. If you haven’t already, check out the Waypoints lesson to take it to the next level.

Thank you , will do. I became a Gold Pick member when Ben first started this but havent involved myself much in the forums. So happy I stumbled upon this fretboard stuff.