Rootin' Shootin' Tootin' Man Of Texas - Travis picking on DGdg tenor banjo





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Uploaded on Apr 6, 2010

Complementary to http://www.mirekpatek.com/melbay/Banj... this is the demonstration of Travis picking pattern adopted for open tuned (here DGdg derived from CGda) tenor banjo, on the tune in the key of C.

The melody of Rootin' Shootin' Tootin' Man Of Texas (I hope that this is the right original title, I know the song only with Czech text as Ruty suty Arizona Texas) is presented first in syncopated version up to speed. You can watch where my thumb did not follow the autopilot of root-root-fifth-fifth of the chord - this is a mistake. Second part of the video shows slower version first with no syncopation - all melody notes are played on the beats, with pinch of thumb+index or thumb+middle finger. Later some syncopation is added.

The tune is in C, and the chords are:
C (5520, later barre 5555)
G (0000, with melody played on 1st string)
C (5555), C7 (5523), F (3532), Bb7 (3302)
C, G, C

Note that in the progression C, C7, F, Bb7 the last chord is so called "secondary subdominant" or subdominant of the subdominant F. Most people would play this progression (over the descending chain of notes C, Bb, A, Ab) with C, C7, F, Fm chords.

Czech made tenor banjo Capek http://www.capekinstruments.com/

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