How To Play The Banjo: Right Hand Technique
Rolls are one of the fundamental techniques in banjo playing. Different rolls can be used for different effects, but there are five basic rolls. This video will teach you the five basic rolls.
Hi. Today we're going to show you a few things on the banjo, and my name's Paddy Achtelik. Now I'm going to show you some right hand techniques for the banjo and take you through different rolls.
The first roll you're going to learn now is the forward roll. What you do is, I'm going to show them to you on the first three strings, so I place my thumb on the third string, my index finger on the second string, and my middle finger on the first string. The pattern for the forward roll will be thumb, index, middle, thumb, index, middle, thumb, index.
The next roll is the backward roll, which again I'm going to show it to you with my middle finger on the first string, my index finger on the second string, and my thumb on the third string. The pattern for this is middle, index, thumb, middle, index, thumb, middle, index. And this roll would repeat then, like this.
The next roll is the reverse roll, which is the combination of the forward and backward roll, really. The next roll is often when accompanying or traditionally when a banjo plays, playing on its own, and that's the alternating thumb roll. Another popular roll is the Earl Scruggs roll, which for example is used in Foggy Mountain Breakdown.