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Ten Licks in B

Since I happen to love to play in the key of "B", I decided it would be a lot of fun to put down some of the patterns you can use in this key that's almost always associated with singing. Other than Herschel Seizmore's great tune "Rebecca," I can't think of any other pure instrumentals in "B".

One of the first things you notice is the lack of open strings that frequent the keys of "D", "G" and "A", which each share a few open string notes in the scale. It's for that reason that a lot of mandolin instrumental music avoids the key with the five sharps. It makes sense. But get in a band that has a singer that favors that key and you're in for some work, at least until you learn to speak in that key.

Use these patterns to learn your way around in the key and then have a good time making up your own. Enjoy!

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