Chord Soloing: Amazing Grace

By Bill Evans

Chord soloing is an effective way to play slower songs in bluegrass style on the banjo. With this way of playing, you play the melody on the first string while also playing chords on the second and third strings that match the chord progression of the song.

Chord soloing is a lot easier when you know your up-the-neck chords on the banjo fretboard. Experienced players will often using sophisticated jazzlike chords to add color and expression to their arrangements. To get started on your own chord-soloing explorations, try this basic arrangement of “Amazing Grace” in the key of G. Enjoy!

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