Five single-string licks for most bluegrass songs

Single-string is a style made popular by banjo players such as Don Reno and Bela Fleck.  In this video, I go over FIVE single-string licks that you can put in a TON of bluegrass songs.  Everything from “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” to “Shucking the Corn.”

These licks fit one measure of D to one measure of G.  I start by a short discussion of what Single-String means (alternating of the fingers, whether that be Thumb-Index or Index-Middle).  Then I play the licks and go over how to do each of them.  Finally I demonstrate how you can string many of them together to create longer licks.  I also show how you can use pieces of the licks and generate even more ideas from the fragments.

These are some single-string licks I think you’ll get a lot of use out of and you can drive your bandmates (or significant other) crazy with! 🙂

Have fun and as always, let me know if you have any questions.

Here is the video!


If you are a glutton for punishment and need more banjo licks after this, go to my other blog about D minor melodic licks:

Five COOL D minor licks (melodic style)

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