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Banjo Lessons: Osborne Roll: The F Chord - “Boil Them Cabbage Down”

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[MUSIC]
Let's move onto another roll right now.
A roll called the Osborne Roll.
I've named this, it's not my roll, it's
been around for many years.
But I decided to call it the Osborne Roll
because a man named Sonny Osborn.
Who played for many years with a group
called the Osborne Brothers,
with his brother Bobby, came up with this
roll.
And feels like he was the first one to
bring it into Bluegrass.
And, Earl Scruggs has never used this roll
as far as I've seen and
I've transcribed many of his solos.
But it is a very handy thing for
bringing out melodies on the first string
of the banjo.
And, it sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
And so what you're going to do,
you're gonna, going to go first string
with the middle finger.
[SOUND] Second string with your index
finger.
[SOUND] Back to the first string with your
inde, with your middle finger.
[SOUND] And the thumb on the fifth string.
[SOUND] Again, middle, index, middle,
thumb, first, second, first, fifth.
[MUSIC]
Let's try that at, play it five or
six, seven, eight times.
Just get used to doing that.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Let's, let's try a little bit of, Boil
Them Cabbage Down now, in the key of C.
Now, what is a key?
If, in case you don't know, some of you
will,
some of you might not know what a key is.
If you wanna look at a key as being kinda
the focal point, in other words,
with, Boil Them Cabbage Down that we just
played.
And most of what we've played so far, it's
all been in the key of G,
which means [SOUND] As you know, we've had
these three keys, G,
C, three chords, G, C, and D seventh.
But everything kinda starts in G and comes
back to G at the end.
And if you look at the sun as being the
key that you're in.
Let's talk about our solar system for a
minute.
And the planets that revolve around it are
the other chords.
So G is here and let's say Earth is C.
And let's say Neptune, since we've lost
Pluto, that Neptune is D seventh.
But the main focal point, the power
center, is G.
In the key of C, C is the sun, and
G is orbiting out, maybe around Saturn or
Jupiter.
And the other chord that you'll be using
is F.
And I don't want to show you a full F
chord right now because it's a little,
might be a little bit hard for you to play
right now.
And you don't need to for this particular
exercise.
But just know that the three chords in the
key of C are C, F,
and G, and I'll tell you more about that
later on.
So, we're gonna start with C, using this
O, Osborne Roll.
[MUSIC]
And again, for this.
I'd like you to be pu, able to put down
all three fingers.
But again, you're not gonna be using the
fourth string in this case,
in this exercise.
So just have the first two strings, if
that's easier for you.
On the C on the I'm sorry, ring on the
second fret of the first string and
the index on the first fret of the second
string.
You'll do the Osborne Roll,
[MUSIC]
Now we go to an F chord,
put your pinky down, just above the ring
finger.
[MUSIC]
And you can lift off your ring finger, and
that's part of an F chord.
[MUSIC]
Do two, alternating, I'm sorry,
two Osborne rolls on that.
Go back to C, two more Osborne rolls.
[MUSIC]
One G.
[MUSIC]
Now put your ring,
or middle finger on the third fret of the
first string.
[MUSIC]
That gives you a G seventh chord,
which kinda leads you back into C.
[MUSIC]
And you do two more C's, two more F's,
[MUSIC]
One C.
[MUSIC]
One G,.
And then second, pinch the outside
strings.
These are quarter notes.
[MUSIC]
We do that twice.
So the whole thing up to tempo is.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]