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Banjo Lessons: Four in a Row 1: “John Hardy”

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[MUSIC]
I'm not
sure if you would really call this a roll.
I guess it's a kind of a roll.
It's a forward roll, but an exaggerated
forward roll because what you're doing is
you're gonna play the fourth.
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Third.
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Second.
[MUSIC] And, first strings. [MUSIC]
All in a row, which is kind of hard,
because you're doing a three finger roll.
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So, how do you wanna accomplish that?
Well, there are a number of ways of doing
it.
But, the best one that I found,
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or to play it the way I prefer it.
Let's put it that way, is fourth, third,
second, first, the thumb, index,
thumb and middle.
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Now,
you don't get to do this very much in, in
standard Scruggs style.
In fact, you never get to use it.
But, it comes in handy lots of times in,
in fiddle tunes and just more progressive
playing.
So, it's a really handy technique to have
at your disposal.
So, let's just do,.
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Just do that
a few times through and get used to that
feel.
That's all there is to it, it's just that.
But, you can apply it to a lot of
different things including John Hardy.
So, here's an arrangement of John Hardy
just,
using almost strictly the four in a row
roll.
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So, most of this is pretty
self-explanatory.
Couple of places where you might have a
little bit of trouble,
in measure one, two, three, four.
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I'm sorry.
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Five.
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Six.
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Seven.
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Right there.
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I use the pinky on the fifth
fret of the first string.
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That's a G 9.
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Sixth.
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Flatted seventh.
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So, you're going for the pinky.
The fifth fret the pinky goes down to the
third fret,
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on the first ring and the indec,
index goes to the second fret on the
third.
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This is your ninth chord g ninth.
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G sixth,
with your index on the second fret of the
first string.
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And then,
a flat on the seventh with your middle on
the seventh.
Third fret of the fourth string.
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And then, on the D chord.
You're doing a D seventh.
Going down one fret on the third string to
the first fret.
Third string open.
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Fourth fret.
Third.
Second.
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Little chromatic movement
there on the base.
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