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Cumberland Gap

This lesson is part of the course Beginning Banjo with Bill Evans.
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The driving sound of the banjo is at the heart of many styles of roots music. Get started with basic chords, strums, and fingerings, along with simple bluegrass rolls, accompaniment patterns, clawhammer style, and more.
 
 
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Cumberland Gap  
 
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Cumberland Gap
Cumberland Gap
 
Cumberland Gap is a geographical feature that connects Kentucky and Tennessee. It’s also the name of a great tune, played by fiddlers and banjo players alike. You’ll learn to play “Cumberland Gap” with a forward reverse roll in this lesson. Bill starts by showing you four different ways to play the forward reverse roll, and talks about the difference between a quarter note and an eighth note, making sure that you know how to keep an underlying eighth note pulse going even when you’re playing the quarter notes in “Cumberland Gap.” Then Bill walks you through “Cumberland Gap” measure by measure, finishing by playing the whole tune slowly, so you can play along.

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