picking style is primarily the Scruggs
3215 pattern, you will likely have a hard time picking those
really fast songs. It might make you feel inadequate
when the other pickers hold the song so fast that it throws you
out of the loop. Today, I would like to show you a technique
that will allow you to hold your own and make them
forward roll (215) I am sure that you know about this
roll and use it. The thing is, how much can you over use it? In
this lesson, I would like for you to try playing a song using
"no Scruggs roll" if you can help it. The forward
roll is so much faster but it normally lacks in the lead
notes. I want to try putting the lead notes in with your
pointer finger. If you sound like you are going double speed
at times that is ok; it is all part of the effect.
Salty Dog and see what happens. Watch my example.
are exercises that you can do that will help you to find a scale in which
to find your notes. If you need to use another roll or pick
a note that will not fit with the forward roll, that is
fine. Just try to keep the slower 2315 pattern minimized to
none. Watch my example.
Forward Reverse Roll
is a roll that we don't use very much. I use it in one of my
favorite songs to play; Doug's Tune by Eric Dillard. The
forward reverse roll is 215125. Look
at my example here.
main banjo page http://www.projectsandhobbies.com/playingthebanjo.htm
has been updated with more short videos so you might want to look
at it again. Here is one of the better examples. Click
Take a look at the "Practice
Warren Yates Method of Playing Bluegrass Banjo for Beginners
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