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Getting Ready for a Slow Jam, Part 2

This lesson is part of the course Bluegrass Banjo with Bill Evans.
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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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Getting Ready for a Slow Jam  
 
Getting Ready for a Slow Jam  
 
Getting Ready for a Slow Jam, Part 2
Getting Ready for a Slow Jam, Part 2
 

In this video, Bill is joined by guitarist Scott Nygaard, who shows you what basic G, C, and D chords look like on the guitar so you can follow along in a slow jam if you don’t know the song. Bill also shows you how some typical roll patterns match the guitar’s rhythm and then he and Scott play and sing the bluegrass standards “Nine Pound Hammer” and “Long Journey Home” as you would in a slow jam.


 
 
 
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