Picking-Hand Bluegrass Roll Patterns

By Bill Evans

Part of Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Bluegrass banjo is characterized by a hard-driving, forceful picking-hand approach. Developing good timing is essential to great playing, and you’ll want to practice these rolls slowly at first, keeping a steady rhythm. As you encounter new songs, take note of the many ways that roll patterns are used to capture melodies.

Forward-reverse roll

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Alternating thumb roll

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Forward roll

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Lick roll

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Foggy Mountain roll

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Backward roll

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Middle leading/Osborne roll

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Index leading roll

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