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Discuss the Banjo lesson: Teardrop Banjo Backup- Part 1

Slower ballads and country songs is where this banjo backup really shines, and we’ll begin to get our brains and fingers around it with part 1 of this series!


Looks like it’s all based out of bar chord? THANK YOU BEN

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Yep, sure is! It’s a lot of fun and useful, too!

Why is it called teardrop banjo backup ?

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used mainly in sad songs…

I could be way off here, but this looks like it might mesh well with the waypoints lessons. :slight_smile:


Looking forward to Part 2

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Another great lesson to put in my back pocket!!!

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Can someone give me some ideas of well known bluegrass jam songs that you could use this back up with? Thanks in advance.

Here’s a few here: Coming Soon - Teardrop Backup

Also, any country shuffle like Crying My Heart Out Over You

Also, any slower waltz (we’ll cover this pattern soon) like Blue Moon:

I’ve been using Ben’s Boil Dem Cabbage Down slowest jam track to play around with.

Here’s a little recording of me playing with a combination of the teardrop and waypoints lessons together.


Nice little ditty Mark, I hate the tune Boil Dem Cabbage Down but loved your version. Great little ending


Yeah, it’s not my favorite tune either, but it has a great chord progression for trying out new things.

Thanks Archie!


Rank Stranger is a great way to use this lick

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Hi @Mark_Rocka Where did you find the Boil Cabbage jam track I did a search of the banjo area and came up empty.

Here you go.


Hey @Mark_Rocka, what’s that on your bridge or is that just a different kind of bridge?

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So Using this theory and method on the fly, I struggle using this in other keys using a capo. In a jam someone says playing in C, and or D, or even B. I think to capo due to ease of rolling. I think my main struggle is knowing where my bar chords are when capoing on the fly. Any tips?

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