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Discuss the Banjo lesson: How to Play Banjo Slides

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/how-to-play-banjo-slides-banjo

Now that we have a handle on our picking hand, let’s beef up our fretting hand with slides!

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WOW the new teachings with the times are a great addition,really helpful. Thanks for all the hard work on the new site. Great extras !!!

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You’re very welcome! I’ve worked very hard on it.

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I really appreciate your studies about instrument techniques! Fantastic. Currently I try to master “Big Country” and therefore these slides help me a lot in order to get the right sound.

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The timing discussion in these videos helped all the world for this topic. I haven’t seen anything cover the slide this well. The multiple string teaching helped a lot with just being comfortable. Looking forward to cleaning up Cripple creek now. Slides have always been muddy up to this point.

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This is great to hear, thanks!

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I have a question… When there is a target note listed in the tab, do we play the target note, or allow the slide to play the note? I’m just a little confused about this.

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Hi Allyson @allyfrench9 Welcome to @BanjoBen Forum. With Slides, Hammer On’s and PullOffs only the first note is picked. i.e. If you play a 2 - 3 slide you fret the string at the second fret and pick the string, keeping the pressure on the string you slide to the third fret ( the target tone) You do not pick the string again unless the tab calls for that to happen. In the case of a 2 -3 or 2 - 4 slide on the 3rd string you would normally follow through with an open second string picked with the index finger or the open or fretted first string (fretted at the second fret) and picked with the middle finger. If you watch Ben’s video lessons closely on all these elements he takes great pains to explain these actions in great detail. Don’t focus all your attention on the TAB spend time with the video lessons you’ll learn so much more. The TAB whilst an excellent tool is more for referencing. Great to have you join us.

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Yep, as @Archie said, you let the “ornament” take you to the target note, thanks!

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Hi Ben, I am slowly grasping the slides, however I am having an issue with measures 17 to 20. When I slide on this D string the metallic sound of my finger on the string is louder than the sound of the slide. If I apply less pressure then I don’t hear the slide. This doesn’t happen on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd string, possibly because this D is a thicker string. Any advice?

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Interesting! I’d have to hear/see it to make a good suggestion. You can try different strings (Elixir for instance) that has a coated 4th string and may help!

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Thanks Ben, please see attached (hope I have uploaded correctly). The metallic sound is quite audible on the 4th string but not the third, second or first. The 4th string also has quite a coarse texture which could be making the sound. It is an entry level banjo with the strings that came with it. I am waiting on the Elixirs that I have ordered from your store to arrive (and waiting for the RK-36 to come back in to stock to order!!)

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The Elixirs should help, but part of it is the level of banjo you have. A better banjo would be a lot louder and you wouldn’t hear the slide as much.

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