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Dobro Lessons: More than 3 String Rolls

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Let's get into
some more rolls here.
What do you say?
So we've done rolls so far, but they've
just been three-string rolls
which makes sense, you've got three
fingers with picks on them.
But, what if you wanted to do a four
string roller?
Play four strings in a row in succession.
You've got three fingers.
How do you do that?
So, there's a few ways you can do it.
The way that I naturally started doing it,
and a lot of times, when I
was learning this stuff, I wasn't paying
that much attention to how I was doing it.
I was just, sort of, trying.
It just was happening and maybe it wasn't
the most efficient way so
I'm gonna show you, save you some of the
trouble I've had to go through in
re-learning some of this stuff.
Show you probably the most efficient way
to do something like that.
So let's take the top four strings.
These four here, D, G, B, A D.
So there's a few ways you can do it.
One way,
is to use two thumbs in a row.
so it's thumb on the first two strings you
play, the D and the G.
So it's thumb, thumb, index, middle.
Now that can work pretty well.
And the thumb is a nice strong picking
The one problem with that is when you get
to really fast tempos, it can prove a
little bit of a challenge.
But good for slower or medium tempo stuff.
Another way is the way I had been doing it
for, up until just a few years ago.
Which I'm not sure how you, if this'll
suit ya or not but this is what I would
do is I would start with my three fingers
on the lower three strings.
On D, G and B.
Play those in a row.
Thumb, index, middle.
And then come back with one more index
finger on the top string.
So it's like this.
Now that's
pretty good.
If you're going forward only.
You can get that going pretty fast.
The problem is then, if you wanted to say
go forward, and then come back.
It, It's a little bit more challenging, so
the most efficient way,
although it can work, the most efficient
way I've found to do this roll, and
this was shown to me by a banjo player, is
this right here.
So you're using two thumbs.
So it's, you start on the D-string, the
fourth string, and you do thumb, and
then index on the G, and then thumb again
on the B, the second string, and
then middle on the high string.
So it's thumb, index, thumb, middle.
Thumb, index, thumb, middle.
This is a really efficient way.
And it really drives, cuz you get two
thumbs in there.
You got a thumb on the fourth string and
then another thumb on the second string.
It can really drive.
The other nice thing about this roll is
you can do it forward
and then it,
it works exactly the same in reverse.
So if you wanted to go forward and then
back, it's the same pattern.
So for playing four strings in a row,
that is what I would consider to be the
most efficient.
And, and
the most flexible.
So what I'd like to do now is show you
this exercise I have here.
Got some music for it, and
I'll just demonstrate it along with a
click track here at 80 beats per minute.
Ready, one,
two, three,
And then in addition to that I've,
added just a couple things,
can do this without a click track,
I'll just show you where these are,
these rolls are more than just
the four strings they're
actually six strings.
so I showed you how to do the four string
rule, gave you some exercises.
Here's an idea how you might roll all the
strings, all six strings right in a row.
This is actually a pretty logical, since
you have six strings and
three fingers you do the lowest three.
Thumb, index,
middle and then just shift that up to the
highest three, thumb, index, middle.
So that's how you do a six string roll.
You do three in a row and then, the
highest three.
So that gives
you some more techniques for
rolls that takes you beyond just
the standard three-note roll.