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Four V7 licks in the key of C

Wrote by Bennett Sullivan on 09/21/2017

A V to I cadence is the most popular chord movement in all of bluegrass music. This particular cadence is all about tension and release because in any key the V chord consists of notes that create a magnetic pull towards the I chord. In this example, you’ll learn 4 different V chord licks that will lead you to the I chord. In this case, we’ll be working out of the key of C, so your V chord will be a G chord. For a little extra spice, we’re making the V chord a 7th chord. Our of these 4 licks, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Organize your practice - using Jam Packs!

Wrote by Bennett Sullivan on 12/01/2016

TuneFox’s song library can be organized in 3 different ways: Artists - scroll up or down to find songs played by your favorite bluegrass artists A-Z - sorting by alphabet is great if you want to browse the library for a new tune to learn Jam Packs - TuneFox has created several Jam Packs so you can have a more organized structure to your routine Some popular Jam Packs are: Exercises Beginner Essentials Scruggs Favorites Fiddle Tunes We want to give you the most efficient and fun practice routine ever, and using the Jam Packs is a fantastic way to learn wit..

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Trusting the process and getting past plateaus

Wrote by Bennett Sullivan on 12/01/2016

Have you had ever encountered a lick, song, or chord that you just couldn't play? You practice it for hours and nothing sticks. And on top of that, you have limited practice time and you feel like you've wasted the past week working on something way out of your reach. I have some great news! You can play anything. I don't mean that in the “you can do anything if you put your mind to it” cliche. I mean that if you have the persistence and discipline to play something out of your comfort zone until it's just a tiny bit easier to play, your playing will continue to improve..

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The importance of learning different versions of a tune.

Wrote by Bennett Sullivan on 11/01/2016

There's a lot of music out there. And it can be a bit overwhelming if you're learning a musical instrument. What's the next song to learn? What version should I check out? How do I build on that version so I'm not limiting myself? And what's the best way to learn this song? These are questions that all music student encounter and it's good to revisit your process regularly. At TuneFox, we stress a combination of learning by ear and exploring variations at a song level as well as a lick level. As musician's who almost never perform with music notation/tab,..

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How to learn a song the TuneFox way

Wrote by Bennett Sullivan on 09/26/2016

There is no ultimate way for learning banjo, and part of the journey for every student is exploring and discovering what works for him/her. How do you learn? Do you learn songs from tab, split your time into a regimented practice routine, or is all of your practice time spent learning from records? Whatever your routine may be, it probably changes based on what goals you set for yourself. We at TuneFox believe that everyone can be creative on banjo and *learning by ear* is the absolute best way to harness one’s creativity. *Learning from tab* i..

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