Explore the mesmerizing melody of 'There is a Time', featuring the timeless magic of Banjo. This song, characterized by its captivating minor key, is an extraordinary composition by The Dillards, spotlighting the virtuoso Doug Dillard. It employs the classic Scruggs Style, striking a perfect balance between noteworthiness and approachability. From beginners just discovering their rhythm to advanced players seeking a vibrant challenge, 'There is a Time' serves as a thrilling journey in musical exploration for all Banjo enthusiasts.
Check out the melody first and learn the chord changes. You can learn the different chord shapes by clicking on the chord letters above the tablature. This helps lay a great foundation. Scruggs style banjo playing largely uses rolls out of chord shapes while highlighting melody notes. If you know your basic rolls and the song's melody and chord changes, then you are setup of success!
After memorizing the melody and trying a few licks out. The licks incorporate some basic rolls and pieces of the melody. You can create an entire Scruggs style arrangement just by switching out all the licks here!
If you are up for a challenge, check out the Dillard Style versions of this tune. These are a transcriptions of Doug Dillard's banjo breaks from the "The Dillards Live!! Almost!!" album. Many of the licks are transcriptions of his picking as well. When getting serious about an art, imitating the masters is a great way to learn and helps you to develop an authentic style that is steeped in the tradition.