4 Basic Banjo Rolls

The four basic bluegrass banjo rolls.

Included are videos and tab of the forward, backward, forward-reverse, and alternating rolls. The videos include two variations of each roll. Each one is played once slowly and then once at a faster pace. Keep in mind that a roll is really just the order in which your fingers move and each roll includes 8 notes.
Forward Roll (Video 1)

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Forward Roll Variation

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Backward Roll (Video 2)

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Backward Roll Variation

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Forward Reverse Roll (Video 3)

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Forward Reverse Variation

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Alternating Roll (Video 4)

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Alternating Variation

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Tags: bluegrass, banjo, rolls, three finger style

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Author: cjbetzig
Category: Bluegrass
Instrument: Banjo
Views: 14,124
Created: 8 years ago
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