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The “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” Roll, Part 1: Roll Patterns

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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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The “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” Roll  
 
The “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” Roll  
 
The “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” Roll, Part 1: Roll Patterns
The “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” Roll, Part 1: Roll Patterns
 
In this lesson you’ll learn the “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” roll, which, as you might have guessed is used in the classic Earl Scruggs banjo tune “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” It’s a little more complicated than some of the rolls you’ve learned already and it can be used in lots of songs, not just “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” Bill breaks it down for you slowly, letting you practice it along with him on G, C, and D7 chords, and then he shows you a few variations.

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