Ask and you shall receive! The new backup DVD we filmed last weekend is now up on the site and available for pre-order. The title will be Beyond Vamping: Fancy Banjo Backup. The cover isn't done yet (I'm having the pictures taken tomorrow), so on the order page you'll see a still from the video rather than the cover design.
This DVD covers fancy, mostly up-the-neck, Scruggs-style backup. I've been thinking about how to teach it for at least a couple of years, and several of my students have been guinea pigs for these lessons, as have some workshop participants and camp attendees. I know for a fact that they were able to learn it in their face-to-face lessons, so I hope the same thing holds true for our DVD students.
The key to teaching this is to put the licks into songs. Many other DVDs out there are full of licks, and I'm sure they all show versions of these same licks. But they don't show you how to use them in patterns, within actual songs. Over the course of this DVD we build four different backup patterns, a lick at a time and if you make it all the way through the lessons (in order!) you will have a LOT of practice using these licks. Then it's up to you to take them and use them in your own playing and jamming.
A great way get some practice on this is to play along with the Slow Jam DVDs. Sure the songs seem too slow for many people once they get a certain number of playing hours under their belts, but this backup is a whole new ballgame! You can use the video in a new way and practice backing up a variety of songs.
But all this info is just academic until you actually have the DVD in your hands, which will be in about six weeks. So to tide you over, here's another picture from the shoot: