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Bluegrass Roll Patterns, Part 2: The Forward Roll

This lesson is part of the course Bluegrass Banjo with Bill Evans.
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Learn to make your banjo drive the band or play sweet melodies, with solos to well-known songs and tunes, backup techniques, and more.
 
 
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In this lesson, you’ll start adding roll patterns to the melody of “Blue Ridge Cabin Home.” Every melody has a rhythm and when Earl Scruggs was working out his breaks, he tried to keep the melody’s rhythm intact as he added the roll patterns, letting the melody dictate what kind of roll to use. Bill shows you some ideas for choosing rolls. For example, if you have a melody note that’s held out for a long time you can try a forward roll, and when the melody notes are closer together you can try an alternating thumb roll or a forward reverse roll. Bill walks you through an entire solo here, with embellishments and fill-in licks.
 
 
 
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BLUEGRASS ROLL PATTERNS  
 
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Bluegrass Roll Patterns, Part 2: The Forward Roll
Bluegrass Roll Patterns, Part 2: The Forward Roll
 
Learn the pattern responsible for the classic bluegrass drive: the forward roll. There are numerous variations on the forward roll, all of which move “forward” or down and across the strings. Learn six variations here, including the famous “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” roll.

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