Basic Scruggs Licks


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The building blocks to bluegrass banjo are Scruggs Licks, named after the immortal Earl Scruggs, inventor of modern bluegrass banjo playing. He designed a rapid-fire approach using three fingers and metal finger-picks, that wrapped the melody up in “Rolls” and created the exciting sound we know today as Scruggs Style. And if you want to learn this the quickest way you can get there is by learning licks, the two measure building blocks that make up this style. This lesson will show you four different tasty Scruggs Licks for the keys of G, C and D, which will give you the ability sound awesome in 75% of bluegrass jams! This is because these are the most common chords used, and by using your capo you can also get A, B, E and F! (For more about the Capo and how to use it for all keys, book a Live Video Lesson with us and we’ll show you all the tricks). If you are just starting out in Scruggs Style, or are an intermediate player wanting to add a few more licks to your repertoire, then this lesson is for you!

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