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Banjo Lessons: “Lonesome Road Blues”

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here's a tune you should have in your
Lonesome Road Blues.
This is actually the very first song I
ever played in Scruggs style with my first
teacher, Hal Glatzer.
And Lonesome Road Blues is a old folk song
that was sung by Woody Guthrie and
many others.
And it's start off using this Foggy
Mountain Breakdown lick again.
So that's why I'm choosing to do it now.
There's another right hand roll, or
pattern that's used here that I threw in
that's based on the playing of Don Reno.
One of the all time banjo greats who was a
contemporary of Earl's.
And actually was playing the banjo before
Very, very creative banjo player and
I think deserving of wider recognition in,
in this day and age.
What he would do, kind of the basis of his
rolling style was,
he would use forward rolls.
He would have a quarter note and two
forward rolls, something like this.
Three, two, one.
Three, two, one.
Or he would start on the fourth string
Third, fourth.
Something in two forward rolls.
Might be the slide and two forward rolls,
or hammer and two forward rolls.
And it defined his style.
And a lot of.
By doing that sometimes you'll go through
a measure or
two without actually even hitting the
fifth string.
So I wanted to throw a little bit of that
in here.
It just kind of felt natural to throw it
in and
I just wanted you to be aware of that.
Let me play this Lonesome Road Blues and
you'll get sense of how this all fits
Starting off with this
Foggy Mountain Break Down lick.
Again, I'm playing the syllables.
you have the Foggy Mountain Breakdown
then I'm sliding into a forward roll and
just keep the forward rolls going.
And there's one, two, three, four.
And at the end of that you have the three
down and then a pull off with a, in the
midst of an alternating thumb roll.
And again for separation of notes even
though you're.
You're hitting that third
fret of the third string twice.
Let go the first time.
So it,
there's a little more punctuation there.
Now I go to the C chord.
This is a real Don reno kind of a lick.
Here's the quarter note.
Two forward rolls.
And sometimes Don reno, rather than having
a quarter note and two forward rolls,
he would have two forward rolls and a
quarter note, or two forward rolls and
two more eighth notes.
So the first measure was a quarter note
and two forward rolls.
Now two forward rolls and two notes.
And then the standard.
a stream of four forward, forward rolls.
Forward backward roll.
One more Foggy Mountain Breakdown lick.
Moved over a string.
And then rather than just going.
To the third string.
This is a great Scruggs.
Like the delays.
Gives you a little delayed gratification.
You don't quite get to the G note exactly
at that same time.
He delays it by a whole measure.
It's not really till the whole,
one whole measure later that you actually
end up just plopping on the G chord.
So one more time for Lonesome Road Blues.