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Picking-Hand Technique, Part 2: More Roll Patterns 

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Picking-Hand Technique, Part 2: More Roll Patterns 
Picking-Hand Technique, Part 2: More Roll Patterns 
 
Moving on with picking-hand technique, in this video you’ll learn more roll patterns, including the handy 3–3–2 pattern often used by bluegrass dobro players to play rolls in 4/4 time. And you’ll learn variations on the 3–3–2 pattern using different combinations of fingers and strings.

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