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“Fireball Mail” Up the Neck, 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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“Fireball Mail” Up the Neck, Part 1
“Fireball Mail” Up the Neck, Part 1
 
Earl Scruggs’ up-the-neck solo to “Fireball Mail” on Foggy Mountain Banjo is another bluegrass banjo classic. Learning it will help you get used to the up-the-neck fingering you’ll use for many other tunes as well: it uses many of the same chord shapes as the solo on “Foggy Mountain Special,” for example. Bill starts by showing you the barebones version of the melody up the neck, and explains the positions you’ll use to play the solo.

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