(Me.lo.di.fi.ca.tion - noun - the blending of bluegrass banjo styles in a song. Scruggs/Melodic/Single String.)
Melodification Masterclass (MMC) is a 4-week live group class designed to help you become a better melodic-style banjo player and teach you how to blend all three bluegrass styles together fluidly.
Week 3 (August 28th @ 2pm EST)
- "Whiskey Before Breakfast" A section using G scales
- WBB Improvisation using chord tones
- Where do licks fit into all of this?
*Homework - figure out B section to WBB, then practice improvising using chord tones. (sample tab + recording provided)
Week 4 (September 3rd @ 2pm EST)
- Review - G scales, chord tones, improvisation practice techniques
- What's next? Different keys, scales, tunes
- Practice tips - balancing learning tunes with metronome and theory practice.
*Recommended Reading + Listening (list provided)
Week 1 (August 13th @ 2pm EST)
- Introduction to melodic style - We'll go over the banjo players you should listen to and learn from.
- The G scale - What is it, and how can you practice it in a way that strengthens your ear-to-banjo skills to prepare you for melodic improvisation.
- Cripple Creek melodic style with variations
*Homework - Practice the G scales (recording + tab provided)
Week 2 (August 20th @ 2pm EST)
- Chord Tones - The foundation of improvisation
- How do chord tones fit into bluegrass, and how will they help me improvise?
- Think like a jazz musician - Using chord tones for improvising.
*Homework - Learn tones for chords G, C, and D (recording + tab provided)
All calls will be recorded + available for you to access for a year after the program. If you're a BSM member you'll have lifetime access.
Be an Early Bird and save $10 if you sign up before August 3rd!
What People Are Saying...
"I am beyond excited about learning the banjo but have sooooo much stuff going around in my head... I REALLY like the way you take everything apart and break it down so it's manageable…" - Lisa C.
"Hey Bennett - as a long-time guitar player turning to banjo, your lessons have been so valuable. You have a very clear, calm concise, and sincere way of teaching whilst still making it fun! thank you!" - Christian H.C.
"Really good lesson, Bennett. Love the chromatic licks you came up with. I never stop learning from your teachings. Thanks so much for doing these videos." - David H.
Why learn from me?
I've spent my 15 years as a professional banjo player transcribing, arranging, performing and learning the most effective ways to become a better improvisor and creator. I've taught hundreds of students around the world and host a YouTube channel reaching thousands of people to help them become better players.
My popular "Melodification" lesson series on YouTube starts you off with a traditional arrangement of a song, and then demonstrates a melodic variation based on the original melody of the tune for you to learn. That series is exactly what inspired this master class! Taking you on a more in depth study of the details and essentials of melodic playing and improvisation.
"WOW!!!!! This is easily one of the best music lessons I've ever seen on youtube."
- Joshua C.
"I feel like I'm reaching a whole new level with these videos!"
- Mike C.
Sign up before August 3rd for the early bird rate!
When does the program start? August 13th at 2pm. Before our classes start you'll get all the specifics on how to access the live master class in your inbox.
What comes with my purchase of MMC? Once you purchase MMC you'll instantly be added to my private membership group with one free month of access along with access to the member's only facebook group with tons of helpful Q+A's already there. This is also a great place to post questions you have for me and get great feedback from your fellow pickers. You'll also have access too all the MMC class recordings for 1 year!
How do I access the MMC live classes? All classes will be taught online through an easy-to-use program called Zoom. You'll receive login details with your welcome email you get before class starts.
What if I can't make a scheduled class? No problem! All the classes will be recorded and available to you within 24 hours after the live session.
Have a question you don't see answered? Just shoot me an email by clicking here and I'll get back to you within 24 hours.