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Banjo Lessons: Playing with Others Part 2B: Rolling Backup

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we've been talking about this kind of
And damped chordal style of backup.
There's a whole other way of doing backup
which sounds like this.
It's using a roll,
in this case a forward roll.
And let's do this, let's and by the way,
you wanna be moving a little bit away from
the bridge.
Cuz when you're doing back up if your
playing some hard-driving bluegrass and
you're going.
then you're doing the backup like that and
it's just enough already.
Enough fire power let's move away from the
bridge and sweeten it up a little bit.
Kinda mellow it out little bit,
or with these rolls.
Now this position is a G chord.
Way up the neck.
It's the same as this G down here.
[SOUND] Moved up to here.
[SOUND] G, A, B, C, D, E, F-Sharp, G.
Don't worry about the technical aspects of
it, but right now.
[SOUND] You're between the 15th and 17th
Your index is three frets above the double
dots here at the 12th fret,
if you have the double dots.
instead of having the four-finger F chord
position, I call it an F chord position or
an F position, cuz it's based on the F.
And again, you're away from the bridge.
And I've seen J D Crowe playing this f,
far away from the bridge.
It could be here.
You know, it just depends where you hear
it but it, get a kind of sweet sound.
those of you of a certain age, and I
include myself there,
you might recognize this as Glenn
Miller's, In The Mood.
it's hard to know who really started this
Maybe it was Earl.
And he had a, definitely a foot in the
Swing era.
And there are certain things that he plays
that have kind of a Swing of not kind of,
have a very Swing kind of feel to them.
He took elements of Jazz and brought it
into, Bluegrass.
So what I'm doing, I'm just doing a series
of forward rolls, four to be exact.
One, two, three, four.
And on the last note of the fourth forward
roll, you pause.
And you have what's called a tied note.
And ya let it ring for one extra note.
at the end of it you go back to the second
and third strings.
And end on the first string.
So it's four forward rolls.
Since these are all eighth
notes you'll pause for one eighth note.
Two, three, four.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
So it's just one eighth note that you're
And it's not a, a vague amount of time.
It's an exact eighth note.
So, but for right now you just have to
worry about feeling it.
When you're playing it up to tempo like.
You're not going one,
two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
You just can't do it.
You just gotta feel it.
So, once again it's.
can move it down to C between the eighth
and ten frets.
Back to G.
To D.
Back to G.
Now if
we take sour with mountain you have, the
chords will work out just fine by going.
I have a half a, half of the length for
Second part of it.
So I start with a whole.
One of these two measured sequences.
that part I'm just doing two forward
Third, first, and then D chord when I'm
doing the pinch routine.
Fourth, pinch.
[SOUND] Jump up and go down to there.
And you can apply this technique all over
the place on really any chord.
But again C.
Back to G.