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Finding Melodies, Part 2: Adding Rolls

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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Finding Melodies, Part 2: Adding Rolls
Finding Melodies, Part 2: Adding Rolls
 
Once you’ve learned the melody and chords to “This Land Is Your Land,” Bill shows you how to add rolls to the melody to create a complete banjo break to the song. In this song, the forward roll works well. Then Bill plays the complete break at slow and medium tempos, so you can practice playing your solo with him.

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