One of the staple sounds of the banjo in Bluegrass music is the constant churning of notes. This sound is achieved primarily from combining roll patterns between melody notes to fill in the empty space and in this lesson Tony will teach how to make this part of your playing.
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- Okay, we've been talking about this kind of pinched…and damped, chordal style of backup.…There's a whole other way of doing backup…which sounds like this…(upbeat bouncy banjo music)…It's using a roll, in this case a forward roll…and let's do this, by the way…you want to be moving a little bit away from the bridge…because when you're doing backup…if you're playing some hard-driving bluegrass…and you're going (fast strumming)…and then you're doing the backup like that…it's just, enough already, enough firepower,…let's move away from the bridge…and sweeten it up a little bit.…
(strumming gradually slower)…kind of mellow it out a little bit,…or with these rolls.…(strumming staccato notes)…Now this position is a G chord…way up the neck, it's the same…as this G down here,…moved up to here…G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G…Don't worry about the technical aspects of it…but right now, you're between the 15th and 17th frets,…your index is three frets above the double dots…here at the 12th fret, if you have the double dots.…
And instead of having the four-finger F chord position,…
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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