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Banjo Lessons: Osborne Roll: “Sourwood Mountain”

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
Let's apply this Osborne Roll now to
Sourwood Mountain,
which is just an old folk song.
An old, old time song.
And let me just play it for you so you can
hear what it sounds like.
And then I'll break it down.
[MUSIC]
All right.
So what we're gonna do, we're starting off
Sourwood Mountain with two Osborne rolls.
[MUSIC]
Open.
[MUSIC]
And then.
[MUSIC]
Now this is sorta like patting your
stomach and rubbing your head at the same
time.
You're gonna have your index on the second
fret of the first string.
[MUSIC]
And
the pinkie on the fifth fret of the first
string.
Now the reason I'm using this in the
pinkie is because your pinkie
is becoming a vestigial organ, which means
it doesn't get much use, and
it's one of your weaker fingers.
So I'm trying to-
[MUSIC]
Help you build strength in your pinkie.
And the idea is.
And this is something, as you get into a
lot fancier music,
that is really handy to use one finger per
fret in this case.
In other words you're not actually gonna
be fretting the third and
fourth strings, but you're gonna act as
is, as if you are.
So the index would be covering the second
fret, the middle on the third,
ring on the fourth, pinkie on the fifth.
[MUSIC]
One finger per fret.
Except since you're not using the ring and
middle.
[MUSIC]
And
it'll just go straight from the index to
the pinky, as opposed to-
[MUSIC]
And
jumping around like this if you just use
the index finger for both.
[MUSIC]
So,
here's the Osborne roll again, but
fretting.
[MUSIC]
Pinky, back to the index, open.
And make sure you're integrating that all
into the Osborne roll.
[MUSIC]
And then you do one more of these rolls.
[MUSIC]
Add the second fret of the first
string there.
And then do a backward roll.
[MUSIC]
Just a middle index thumb.
[MUSIC]
From the second fret of the third string.
[MUSIC]
Open third as a quarter note pinch.
[MUSIC]
So put together it sounds like this.
This is the A section.
Sourwood Mountain is a fiddle tune, and
fiddle tunes have, not always but
generally, two sections.
And they might have three, or four, or
five, but most of them have two sections.
So I'll call this the A section.
[MUSIC]
And repeat.
[MUSIC]
And
then the B part, start with a backward
roll.
Which is the way you enter the A part.
[MUSIC]
And then you play two, and
that's a quarter note.
And then you do two forward rolls.
In this case on the fifth, third, and
first strings, twice.
So.
[MUSIC]
Then two zero on the four string,
those are two quarter notes.
[SOUND] And then a forward roll.
[MUSIC]
Alternating thumb.
[MUSIC]
To the second fret of the first string.
Backward roll.
[MUSIC]
Which is the same as
the last measure of the A chord.
A measure be,
being the notes that fall between the two
vertical lines in the music.
So, here's Sourwood Mountain all the way
through at a, kind of slowish tempo, and
then I'll play it one time, up tempo.
[MUSIC]
And
up
tempo.
[MUSIC]