Banjo Licks for E minor

Free Banjo Lesson on E minor licks

Three Cool Licks for E minor Video:

You can put these banjo licks to immediate use in songs like “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” or “Blackberry Blossom,” basically anywhere you’ll encounter an E MINOR CHORD.

The first lick uses the E minor position at the 7th-9th frets, but uses an A note on top, or the 4th of the chord.  It also uses CHROMATICISM.  I learned this from a local melodic banjo player many years ago.

The second lick, I THINK I got it from Scott Vestal, I can’t remember.  It uses a nice roll (5212) and moves through some E minor based chord shapes.  I use this lick in “Temperance Reel” sometimes.

The third lick is something I stole from John Coltrane.  See his break to “Mr PC.”  It is in the key of C minor, I simply transposed it to the E minor chord.  This is the most difficult of the licks and I only recommend those at a skill of intermediate and above try this.

Closing Notes

Remember when learning licks, you often have to modify them slightly to make them work across other songs, perhaps dropping or adding notes.  Also, you want to use these licks in a BUNCH of different songs, the more you use them the more they will flow out of you.  You have to get to the point that they don’t sound contrived and flow effortlessly.

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Maybe you need some more minor banjo licks, but this time in the key of D minor?  Well, I’ve got you covered.  Visit my other blog post here:

Five D minor Banjo licks

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