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Country Matters

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Style: Country · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 80
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

I hope your picking hand isn't too tired form the last couple of pages cause I've got a real knuckle-buster for you now. Needless to say the banjo has an important place in country, folk, and bluegrass music and it has definitely inspired a multitude of country guitar players to inject some banjo ideas into their playing.These ideas are called banjo rolls. There is a very circular feeling to these kinds of parts and they require that you pick the notes very evenly.

This first example is a forward roll. What that means is that you will begin picking from the low notes to the high notes. In this example you should try playing without a pick at all. Just use your thumb, index, and middle fingers.At first this may feel really awkward, but it will get much easier with a bit of time. Notice that we are using the same chord pattern from the fist couple of pages.[Note: you can also try picking this example holding your pick with your thumb and index finger and using your middle and ring fingers to pick the second and thirds notes. Both ways are really great to be able to do.]
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