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Banjo Lessons: Double Forward Roll

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gonna talk about a technique right now,
which stacks forward rolls.
We're gonna be doing two forward rolls,
back to back.
And the first one is an inside forward
roll and it goes on the fourth,
[NOISE] third [NOISE] and second strings.
[SOUND] And then you move out one string
to the third string, with the thumb.
And you go, three, [NOISE] two, [NOISE]
[SOUND] Third string, second string, first
So together you get.
Now if you double that.
That gives you 12 notes.
I want to have this fill up two measures.
So to have it come out even, I'm going to
add a alternating thumb roll.
So you get.
You can also end this with.
you may wonder what is the purpose of
What's this gonna sound like?
Well, there are a lot of really nice
things that you can do with this,
I'll just quickly play a couple of things
One thing you could do is something like
It's really nice for
giving you sort of a jazzy flavor
Cuz you have groupings of six notes.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
So the first note starts on the downbeat.
One and two and, and then when you start
it again you're on the upbeat,
starting on the upbeat with the thumb.
So everything kind of gets turned around
on itself.
So try the open strings first just.
sometimes, it'll sound better if you go
[NOISE] fifth, second, third, first.
Sometimes, it sounds better if you end
fifth, third, fourth, first.
Once again.
Or the inside one.
let's take this this first thing I was
just playing for you.
We're playing out of an F six chord here.
Here's your F.
If you open up the first string.
You have the tuning of a Ukelele almost.
That's an F sixth,
because here's F here on the fourth
string, third fret.
[SOUND] If you go, count up the F scale.
You have that sixth
note of the scale added onto the f cord.
Now let's put,
let's hold that chord, don't let go of it.
Add the pinky on the third string, third
That's giving you a B flat.
Actually, a B flat with an added second.
Not to get too technical here, but one,
[SOUND] Here's your B flat down here,
[NOISE] you add that.
First fret of the second
string which is C.
Add that to the B flat.
If you hit the fourth, third and
first strings that gives you a B flat
Add that second string at the first fret,
the C note.
You're adding the second note
of the scale.
Do, re, or it could also be called an add
nine because the nine is the same as the
Now if you hold
that position let go of just the ring
finger and
add the middle just behind it on the
second fret of the fourth string.
You get a C
ninth chord [NOISE] because here's the
flatted seventh with the pinky.
[SOUND] B, B-flat note [NOISE] and the
first string is a D note which is the,
[NOISE] the second or ninth note of the C
You'll see here.
Do, re, mi, fa, so, ti, do, re.
D is the second and the ninth note of the
when you have the flatted seventh and the
You have, a C ninth.
So, one more time, it's.
expand this just a little bit more with
one other exercise.
And, this exercise,
Has you playing a D sixth.
Then, we've talked already about how in
you're not always playing full chords.
You'll play partial chords,
like a C will sometimes be played with an
open first string, or a D chord.
Sometimes, Earl Scruggs will just use the
index finger on the second fret of
the third string or
sometimes just the bottom two notes, which
is what we're going to do here right now.
We're just going to play the bottom two
notes of the D chord.
The second fret of the third string with
the index.
And, the ring on the fourth string fourth
It gives you a really nice sound there,
a D sixth sound.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
That second string is the sixth note of
the D scale, it's B.
And, I just came up with a little,
little fun thing to play here using this
position and it goes like this.
So, you have the D sixth.
Just go down one fret.
Make it your G ninth.
Here's the flight of seventh for G.
Add that second fret of the third string.
That's the ninth.
Just do re, the second note, or same as
the ninth note.
Back to the D6.
Here's an A7.
Here is your G on the third string.
So, here's your A chord but I'm just
taking two,
I'm just spreading two out of the four
I have the fourth note of
the A chord on top, the D note, but that
just has a little more flavor.
So, D7.
Just to change it around a little bit.
To a G sorry, G seventh.
Back to the D sixth.
We're just doing a one measure instead of
two measures.
Move it down one fret.
One more fret.
Fret, and then a little Scruggs tag.
So, altogether it's-
You can do a little lead in also zero,
two, three, as quarter notes.