Continuing to use Osborne Rolls, Tony now applies the roll pattern to the popular old time tune "Sourwood Mountain." This lesson uses fingerings that will build your left hand pinkie strength while improving your right hand picking dexterity.
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- Okay, let's apply this Osborne roll now…to "Sourwood Mountain", which is just an old folk song,…an old time song.…Let me just play it for you so you can hear…what it sounds like, and then I'll break it down.…(banjo plays "Sourwood Mountain")…Alright, so what we're gonna do,…we're starting off "Sourwood Mountain"…with two Osborne rolls,…(banjo plays)…open, (banjo plays)…and then (banjo plays)…Now this is sort of like patting your stomach…and rubbing your head at the same time.…
You're gonna have your index…on the 2nd fret of the 1st string,…and the pinky on the 5th fret of the 1st string.…Now the reason I'm using this and the pinky…is because your pinky is becoming a vestigial organ,…which means it doesn't get much use,…and it's one of your weaker fingers,…so I'm trying to help you build strength in your pinky.…The idea is, and this is something as you get…into a lot fancier music, is really handy…to use one finger per fret in this case.…In other words, you're not actually gonna be fretting…the 3rd and 4th strings, but you're gonna act as if you are.…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Holding the banjo
- Tuning a banjo
- Positioning the right and left hands
- Reading tablature
- Finger picking
- Thumb rolling
- Practicing rolls and chords
- Playing classic bluegrass tunes
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Hand Position and First Songs
3. Picking Techniques
Finger picks2m 27s
4. Rolls and Practice
5. Basic Bluegrass Tunes
ArtistWorks and Next Steps1m 15s
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