Five foot two part one

FREE Banjo Lesson on Five Foot Two

This Video Lesson of Five Foot two is designed for the beginner-intermediate to intermediate banjo player. Down below you will find the chord chart that will greatly help you out as you work through this tune.

Here is the video lesson.

I first learned this song off an Allen Shelton recording many years ago.  “Five foot two” is an old popular song from the 1920’s.  Before trying to learn the melody, you will want to learn the chords, as the melody comes largely out of these chords.

Below is the chord chart.  Pay close attention to the form.  It is AABA, meaning you repeat the first section twice, then the second section and finally back to the A section.

This song is harmonically more challenging than your average bluegrass song, it contains a total of five chords.  These chords are called SECONDARY DOMINANTS for those that wish to learn more about them.  I tell my students an easy way to remember the order is they spell the word BEAD…This is a great song to tackle after doing Salty Dog Blues (The Chords are similar).


Another thing that makes this song challenging is the RHYTHM and all the syncopation.  Syncopation simply means anticipation; in other words, the note occurs before you’d expect it.

CLICK BELOW WHEN YOU ARE READY FOR PART TWO (THE CHORUS):  You are well on your way to having another song under your belt!

Banjo Lesson-5 foot 2 (Chorus)

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Jody Written by:

Professional Musician of 27 years. I've performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, and The Ryman Auditorium. I've also played in 6 different countries. All things Banjo and Acoustic Guitar.

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