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One song I'd request for a lesson is [song] on [instrument]

So tell me how do you go about compiling “rewritten” music for songs? Any processes?

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Do you mean how do I arrange songs for instruments? I usually pick out the melody first and then add ornamentation to my taste, but it’s different on each instrument. It helps a lot to start learning stuff from videos or audio that isn’t specifically instructional, and also to be good friends with your scales

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Good to know… I will start to attempt applying those same ideas when I find a new favorite hymn.

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Here you go… Ben’s instructions on song improvisation…

https://banjobenclark.com/forum/t/whiskey-before-breakfast-guitar-improvisation/3578

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Carter style would be perfect for I’ll Fly Away. Great opportunities for walking the bass notes.

When I did nursing home ministry, that was always a favorite. FWIW, I did it in G on guitar.

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I did it in C, cuz that’s how it fell off my fingers, but if you capo 5 you get G

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Our bluegrass club is managed by someone with no musical experience. We do a song every month, 55 min of learning time and 5 min of jam/announcements. When we did I’ll Fly Away, The Guitars and Mandos learned it in D, and the rest learned it in G. :thinking:

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Hmm, bet that sounded strange :joy::joy:

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I guess you all headed off in different directions.

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How about What a Friend we have in Jesus on the Banjo? I just realized there is no lesson for this.

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Eddie Adcock’s rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Call Me the Breeze” (advanced).

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Victory in Jesus on the mandolin

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