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Dobro Lessons: Beginning Reverse Rolls

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All right, now let's talk
a little bit about reverse rolls.
Similar to the forward roll, just the
So what we mean by reverse roll is
this roll is gonna be sort of heading
towards you.
So it's gonna start with the middle
So if we're on the top three strings.
One, two, and three here.
Just rest your hand there, and I like to
start with a, a finger on each string.
Just relaxed.
So we'll plug the high string, and the
second string, and the third string.
Just do those in succession.
That's what would be called a reverse
Reverse because it's coming towards you as
opposed to the forward going away
from you.
So, yeah, this is a reverse roll.
And, it's a great exercise, just like the
forward roll.
So, you can try a little bit of this just
on three strings.
Maybe try it on the next three strings.
And the next three.
So a lot of times I use these roll
exercises actually as,
as warm up exercises if I sit down to
play, I haven't played in a little bit.
These rolls are a great way to get your
right hand sorta limber.
And they're also a good way to get, gain
dexterity and
strength in your right hand which is, of
course, really important on the doboro.
So, now, just like on the forward roll,
you've got three fingers but maybe four
beats to a measure.
So, you want these rolls to add up to,
say, eight.
So you've got.
If you do 2 reverse roles you get 6 notes
we need 2 more so I'll do the high string
then the 3rd string skipping the middle
one so I'll do.
[SOUND] Eh, Just try that real slow, so.
And when you get just those two notes at
the end, you get an eight note sequence
you can keep it going.
So I encourage you to try that a little
Just like that, and once again,
I encourage you to sort of, make up some
of your own rolls.
But, I have an exercise here laid out for
the reverse rolls.
I'd like to try out with you now.
We'll get the metronome going and, see how
we do.
>> [NOISE].
>> Ready?
One, two, three, four.
So you'll notice it's a similar pattern as
that I did before, the forward rolls.
So the first roll on the first line is the
one that I just showed you.
The second line is a little bit different.
So for the two notes, instead of at the
end of a phrase, instead of using
the high string in the third string, I use
the high string in the second string.
And on that second string, you can see
if you look at the second line it's got
two sets of three and then one set of two.
On the first two strings, I use middle and
thumb for that.
So that's what, this roll would look like
So it's kinda cool to get that thumb
involved on that on those two little notes
cause it's sort of a powerful sound, but
that's basically an overview of
the reverse roll and, what I'd like you to
do is, like I say, experiment with some
of these, and you can even start to put
these together into forward and reverse.
You know, you can really experiment a lot
with this so I encourage you to do so
and have fun with it.