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      This is the discussion topic for the lesson This Little Light Of Mine Beginner Banjo. Please leave your comments or any questions you might have about the lesson here!

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      Tony Wilder

      Hi. I am just now getting a grip on playing in different keys. Some of the free lessons that you offer on scales and string/finger exercises have really helped here. I have avoided these things in the past – because I foolishly could not see the value. In reality, these really help my ear PLUS my hands.

      The question that I have is really about songs like This Little Light…
      For whatever reason, I have not really considered these capo up to A or B songs to be in a different key – because the positions are the same as G.

      What I want to know (finally getting around to the question) is why choose A?
      In a jam setting, I know that I may need to play whatever key is chosen. But are there other reasons as well? Position, tone, experience, tradition, common vocal?

      Anyway, thanks for those scale lessons. They are the greatest!

    • #296780
      Michael L Landau

      I think this is a great arrangement of “This Little Light of Mine.”
      The first part is in every inch a ‘beginner’ level banjo part. However,
      The second part, which carries the melody beautifully in an upper octave,
      really belongs in the “intermediate” category, I think. So I would
      call it beginner/intermediate arrangement. Whatever, you call it, I think
      it sounds great! Especially when played by Mike Hedding!

      • #298867

        Yes the terms beginner and intermediate are very subjective.

        The second solo is drifting into advanced-beginner or beginner-intermediate.

        Glad you enjoyed it.

        – Mike

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