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Building Solos: “Long Journey Home,” Part 1

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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Building Solos: “Long Journey Home,” Part 1
Building Solos: “Long Journey Home,” Part 1
 
In this lesson, you’ll learn to build a Scruggs-style solo on any song, using the bluegrass classic “Long Journey Home.” You’ll learn three different solos, starting with one that just adds roll patterns to the melody. Bill gets started by showing you the chords to “Long Journey Home,” the first step in building a solo. Then he shows you how to start finding roll patterns that fit the melody of the song. The first solo to “Long Journey Home” uses the forward-reverse roll. Bill plays it through slowly, showing you how the melody fits with the chords and roll patterns. The second solo adds some classic Scruggs-style licks that stand in for parts of the melody. Bill shows you the individual licks and how they correspond to bits of the melody of “Long Journey Home” and finishes by playing the whole solo at a slow tempo.

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