Tony introduces the backward alternating thumb roll, which is another very useful picking pattern for improvising and an assortment of other uses. You’ll come to recognize this pattern in many of the iconic Bluegrass tunes as you become familiar with the sound. This is another must have advanced roll to add to your collection of patterns for the right hand.
- We're gonna talk about the reverse or backward…alternating thumb roll, there's no official…term for this right now, we've certainly all played…a lot of alternating thumb rolls in Boiling Cabbage Down…Cripple Creek, et cetera, et cetera and a million…other places, but right now,…we're gonna talk about the reverse alternating thumb roll.…This comes in handy for all sorts of…improvisatory things.…I have specific things here on the tablature…and things that I'm gonna show you, but…this is something I want you to forage around for…and find all sorts of other uses for.…
I just wanted to get you in the door with this…and I'm sure you'll be able to find lots…of other things to do with the technique.…The basic move is this.…Those are the first two measures.…There's middle on the first, thumb on the third,…index on the second, thumb on the third…and then just repeating it.…So, just to get right into it here,…here's a nice little d-lick.…
Sorry.…Which you could use in Nine Pound Hammer,…but I'll demonstrate that in a moment.…
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- Playing melodic-style scale patterns
- Playing single-string scales
- Using the backward-alternating thumb roll technique
- Advanced scale techniques