Banjo Lesson: Combine Melodic Style with Forward, Reverse and Alternating Roll


This lesson does contain two basic, different ideas .
The first idea is made up of a G and G7 chord over two bars which are being repeated. Both bars consist of the forward- and reverse roll combined with the Pinch and a Melodic idea:



D ———–0——————-3——- ————0———–3—2—-0——–
B ——0——————–0———— ——–0——0———————0—-
G –0——0——-0———-0——- —0——-0———-0——————-
D —————————————– ———————————————
G —————————————– ———————————————–


N,B: Notice Pinch contains melody and melodic run-down at end.



The second idea contains 4 bars made up of the alternating roll, which is played by alternating G (5th) string with the D (4th) string while sticking the G (3rd) string in between . The Melodic ideas are all played on the D (4th) string:




D ————————————————– ———————————————
B ————————————————– ———————————————
G ————0————0——–0—–0——- ——–0——–0———————-0–
D ——————–0—————–0———– ————-0—————3—2–0—–
G —0————————-0——————— —0—————————————-



D —————————————————- ———————————————
B —————————————————- ———————————————-
G ————0———–0——–0——0——– ——–0——0—————————-
D ——————0——————-0———– ————-0—————-3——-5—-
G —0————————-0——————– —-0—————————————-


N.B: Observe all 4 bars are made up of similar alternating roll which changes towards end of 2nd and 4th bar.


Check out video at bottom of this article where I play these two basic ideas combined with more melodic, improvised ideas.

Hope you like this simple Banjo lesson, there will be more articles related to the Banjo in the near future, just keep checking the blog from time to time..

Thanks and hope to see you again soon!
Eddie