Why D minor?
D minor is one of the most common keys and chords in music. Whether it be bluegrass, jazz or classical, you will encounter it bunches. You want to have so much material for D minor chords that you are NEVER at a loss for something to say and play.
In the video below, I cover FIVE Melodic style D minor licks. These are licks I use in my playing a good bit. Some came from ideas I took from others and some I made up myself.
The idea here is to not only learn the licks but learn the shapes where you can improvise and make up your own licks out of.
Each of these licks can, of course, be used in the key of D minor. However, they can also be used in the key of C, over the ii minor chord.
What is Melodic Style Banjo?
Melodic style banjo is known for its unique use of open strings mixed in with fretted notes. A style made popular by Bill Keith and others. Today it’s used by famous players Bela Fleck and Noam Pikelny. I HIGHLY recommend this book below if you wish to understand Melodic Style banjo more:
Now, onto the D Minor Melodic Lick Video.
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