Discuss the Banjo lesson: Wayfaring Stranger


#1

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/wayfaring-stranger-banjo

Two solos for this one in A minor, but we’re playing out of the G minor position and capoing at the 2nd fret. The first solo is the basic melody, while the 2nd solo has some super slick bluesy thrills!


#2

I’m just starting the basic melody…aaaand loving it. Popular at local jams here.


#3

there are 2 ways one can go with this tune,Ben’s Capo 2nd G minor approach or open “G” out of A minor positions,it’s Hard to decide,Ben’s rendition is Freekin’ AWESOME,what to do,what to do???


#4

You know what, I was listening closely to the melody when he was playing the Bluesy 1st pt with all those great licks and I discovered that if you can play this tune you can play that old “Jazz Classic” Sumertime,when the living is easy" with a few minor alterations ,WOW


#5

@BanjoBen In measure 47 do you “pop” those two slides by vamping?


#6

Hmmm, I’m trying to imagine exactly what you mean. I pick the first two strings right on the downbeat of beats 1 and 2, then slide immediately. You can hear what I do at 1:09 in this video: https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/wayfaring-stranger-banjo/video/bluesy-solo-slow


#7

In this video at 6:48, you referenced being able to “pop” the slides in those measures or not. I was curious if you were getting the pop by vamping or via another method?


#8

Ahhh, gotcha. Actually, I’m talking about the 2nd fret double stop in measure 46. What I mean by “pop” is to cut it off with my fret hand and not let it ring out, so that it makes a more percussive sound.


#9

Ohh! I see now. Thanks.