I just uploaded a free banjo lesson for the bluegrass standard “Salty Dog Blues.”
Here is the video:
You will only need to know a few banjo chords and banjo rolls to do this song.
The form of the song is only 8 bars in length, the chords are as follows:
|G | E | A | A| D| D| G | G|
Notice that there are two bars of each chord with the exception of the first two measures.
Beginning with the E, the chords move up in 4ths. Meaning if you count up from E four in the scale you get A, four up from A is D….and so forth.
I call this my BEAD principle, meaning, E is followed by A followed by D and so forth.
Earl Scruggs helped make this song famous but has since become a jam session staple all around the world. I never get tired of playing this old song and creating variations on it.
Later I will show you how to plug in D licks each time you play through the song, stay tuned!