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First things First

The A part

If you have not played anything up the neck before, the hand position used for Sally Goodin' will be new -and could be challenging. It may look very strange, but check out the finger positions. Ring finger on 1st string(9th fret), and index finger 2nd string(8th fret). This partial chord formation is exactly the same as your open C chord. Sometimes we bring the middle finger to the 9th fret 3rd string-much like an Am chord down the neck

Left Hand Challenges - The big challenges in the A part will likely be the position change and use of the pinky finger. The position change comes in in the second half of measure 3. To play the 7th fret 3rd string notes, you'll reach back with your index finger. Return it immediately after to the 2nd string(8th fret). When reaching with your pinky, you don't want to have your palm flat on the neck. Watch the video closely to mimic the left hand position that will enable you to reach that note on the 11th fret

Right Hand Challenges - There's not too many challenging things with the right hand. Just pay attention to the finger indications below the tab. You'll be bringing the thumb down to play the 5th note in measures 2 and 3.

Practice Tips - When you begin to work on Sally Goodin, don't worry about your timing. Just make sure you are able to play each note clearly. Check that your left hand is in a position that is not causing strain or discomfort. After you are able to play the notes clearly, begin to add a slow, steady, deliberate rhythm. Stay in control. From there, you may want to use the Tunefox looper and work on a measure at a time at a slow tempo. Finally, put in your reps! Being able to play the A part once through will feel great once you are able too, but too really get it down, activate the looper on the A part and play it 20-30 times. Seriously. This kind of repetition is what really will help your banjo playing, but do it at a tempo that is manageable. You should be able to stay relaxed, and play with few mistakes. If you can't do that, slow down the tempo to one that is manageable, and spend time doing reps there. It's much like trying to find the right weights at the gym. You can only do so much. You'll get the most benefits by working out with a weight, and in this case a speed, that you can actually manage.

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