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Jingle Bells - Basic Melody

  • Basic Melody
  • Key   G
  • Tempo   80 bpm
  • Tuning   gDGBD
Sonny Osborne has said it's how everyone should start learning banjo. Don't learn rolls at first learn how to play melodies. If all you are hearing is rolls and no tune, you're in trouble. Even Earl Scruggs has said a comment from his mother changed the way he thought about banjo. Hot licks don't mean much if you can't hear the tune, so start with the melody. Here we've tabbed it out, but try and use the note hider to learn by ear. Isolate a measure at a time, so you don't get overwhelmed. Also, learn the G scale, and pick out simple melodies using trial and error by ear. Nursery rhymes are a fantastic place to start.

Tags: #holiday music, #up-tempo, #vocal song