Here in this lesson, we're gonna talk
about sort of the final frontier of rolls.
There's been a variety of lessons on this
But we're gonna sort of reach our end goal
here with this lesson, which is to really
incorporate a variety of rolls into a
driving banjo style exercise.
So, the idea here is to really incorporate
all the different rolls, forward rolls,
reverse rolls as well as incorporating a
few licks that aren't necessarily rolls.
So you're gonna be coming in and
out of rolls, and playing some melody
parts weaved with in the roll.
So, the idea here is to sort of get your
hand moving in all kinds of different
directions so that you can't be thrown by
sort of any situation or
chord that might come up.
So what I'll do a lot of times when I'm
a roll exercise is I'll start with my
warmup roll, which is this one here.
And I go all the way up the neck.
And then I might do it in reverse roll,
that's forward roll every three strings,
you can do the same thing with the reverse
get the idea.
So I wanna warm up before I do these types
of, of rolls.
Because it's pretty right hand intensive
you just wanna make sure that you're
Of course, this exercise that I'm gonna
show you here can be a warm up too if you
do it slow enough.
So whenever you're practicing these types
I recommend starting slow and
using the bump-up, the metronome, maybe
ten beats per minute, type of technique.
So you start slow and you bump it up when
you feel comfortable,
about ten beats a minute.
But I've got this this exercise written
And we're gonna go ahead and play it for
you with a click track, and you can see
what it sounds like.
So I've got it all written here.
You can check it out on your own.
But here it is at 120 beats per minute.
Rolls, the Final Frontier.
[SOUND] One, two, three.
So, this is the roll exercise I was
You can see it incorporates some forward
rolls, some reverse rolls.
And not only does it have you going in the
key of G on, on the low strings.
It gets you up here on the 12th fret into
So this is just an example about how rolls
might be used in like a Bluegrass tune.
And so, one thing I recommend is you can
learn this exercise.
Another thing you can do is, take a
Bluegrass song that you know,
and maybe even that's on a CD, and
practice rolling over the chord changes.
It's a great way to to practice this type
So, you know, put on your favorite
Bluegrass CD and
just roll along to the chord changes.
It's good to do it actually with more
modern Bluegrass CDs,
because they're in tune.
I've played along to a lot of Bill Monroe
and Flatt and Scruggs,
and the, the tuning is just a little
different for, for a variety of reasons.
So you can either tune to those old
recordings or you can get a newish
Bluegrass CD that's gonna have everything
in 440 tuning and roll onto it but
this exercise will get you going pretty
far in the right direction.
I'd like to encourage you to, if you'd
like show your version of this exercise
with a metronome or not and make a video,
send it to me and I can check it out.
Now, take a look and
see if I've already answered your question
with another student video.
But if not, feel free and send one in and
I'll give you some feedback on it.