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[MUSIC]
Okay, back here with
intermediate country guitar.
What we are going to do now is we
are going to get into another kind of
section with the hybrid technique and
we are gonna go over the roll.
And this will be used for
different things as we
proceed here into the later intermediate
segment and into the advanced.
So what this is basically this
is like a banjo style roll.
And this will be with your pick and
your two fingers.
So this is used a lot in open strings.
You can also use it in some
closed positions as well.
Basically, what this is,
we're gonna take three notes.
We're just gonna take a triad.
[MUSIC]
Let's just take this D triad right here.
[MUSIC]
And that's a roll, that's a forward roll.
[MUSIC]
So I'm just literally,
it's pick,
[MUSIC]
middle finger, and
ring finger.
[MUSIC]
So that's the roll.
And there's another thing you can do here,
a great exercise to get your speed up
with this, and I'll show you real quick.
If you take an open E chord
[MUSIC]
and you just take the first note of it
which is G sharp right here.
[MUSIC]
If you just take that and
you just practice doing this,
I'll show you this exercise.
You're just gonna take your first finger,
and you're gonna take you're first finger
and you're gonna move it up
with the degrees of the scale.
So,
[MUSIC]
and you can go
[MUSIC]
so play the whole scale
starting on the three
[MUSIC]
and you're gonna roll,
that note's gonna be
plucked with the pick.
[MUSIC]
And then your open B string and
E string, you're gonna keep those ringing,
you're never gonna fret those,
those are just open strings to ring out.
So, the roll is gonna be
[MUSIC]
and this is a great right hand exercise.
This will get your speed up so good.
So that's the exercise.
[MUSIC]
So I want you to do that with me.
Let's do it two or
three times here together.
So I'll count us in.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
let's keep
doing that.
We'll do it one more time.
One, two,
three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
So practice that.
And then this is what it sounds like up to
tempo, you can get really fast with this.
So here's what this
sounds like up to speed.
[MUSIC]
And you can change your
fingers too if that gets to fast for
the single finger.
So you can change up.
[MUSIC]
Can use maybe maybe use your
middle finger.
[MUSIC]
But that's the roll,
that's the forward roll
[MUSIC].
You can use it in your open G position,
which is just these two notes.
You're hitting the G [SOUND]
with the ring finger,
the unison G here [SOUND], and
then your D note here [SOUND].
So
[MUSIC]
so this is another
kind of roll.
This is the forward roll
[MUSIC].
And what we're gonna do,
is we're gonna roll twice.
[MUSIC]
Actually three times,
we're gonna roll three times.
[MUSIC]
The third time,
[MUSIC]
we're gonna hit that.
We're gonna hit the G note again.
[SOUND] And
then we're gonna pedal off that D.
So we're gonna go [MUSIC].
So there's a rhythm there.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Again,
one, two, three,
four
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
So up to speed,
that sounds like this
[MUSIC].
Let's see
[MUSIC].
And you can manipulate
that any way you want.
That's just a starting place.
That's just to show you
a different kind of role.
And those are two good
exercises that E exercise
especially that will really get your,
that will really get your speed up.
And you can manipulate those notes too.
If you want to change this to a
[MUSIC].
You can put the seven in there.
[MUSIC]
You can change that
note around if you want.
So, basically, that's the role and
we might get a little bit more
advanced with that as the Program goes
on here, but that's basically it.
That's your forward roll, [SOUND] and
then that other little roll.
[MUSIC]
So yeah,
there's a lot of different
patterns you can do with that, and
we'll get into some more as we start doing
some more soloing and stuff like that.
So anyway,
that's to introducing the role and
given you a couple of
exercises to play along too.
And build up your dexterity and
speed with that technique.
So moving right along here.
[MUSIC]