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:
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