In this lesson Tony teaches the “Shelton Roll,” which was developed by Alan Shelton the great banjo player who played with “Jim and Jesse.” Tony demonstrates how to incorporate the Shelton roll into the song “Salty Dog” including some chromatic licks.
- I'm gonna play a little bit of Salty Dog right now,…and throw in some of the kind of spontaneous,…spontaneously throw in some of these Shelton Rolls.…("Salty Dog")…So, I'm not gonna break that down,…but just see what you can do.…
(banjo music)…You can do some chromatic things.…(banjo music)…Shelton Roll.…
Learn how to play banjo with United States Artists Friends Fellow and multi-Grammy nominee Tony Trischka. Learn at your own pace from the comfort of your home, or anywhere else you can carry your instrument and your learning device. This 4-part definitive video library includes hundreds of banjo lessons and performances, plus banjo tabs, backing tracks, and other study materials. Part 4 is an advanced course designed to help you strengthen your improvisation skills and melodic style. Tony provides simple exercises, such as melodic scale patterns and single-string scales, to help you practice, and provides tools to add more unique sounds into your repertoire. Plus, learn the backward-alternating thumb roll—a very useful picking pattern for improvising—and advanced scale techniques. As with all the Banjo Lessons courses, Tony breaks down a selection of classic banjo tunes so you can see and hear how the techniques work in a professional's hands.
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
Playing melodic-style scale patterns
Playing single-string scales
Using the backward-alternating thumb roll technique