Banjo Rolls Etude

by Chris Shofner

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  • The "Banjo Rolls" Etude lesson explores a banjo rolls from a variety of intervals, string combinations, and neck positions. The lesson will not only give you the ability to find banjo rolls wherever you are on the neck but it will increase your overall fretboard awareness. This is traditional a country lick that features in chicken picking. It has its roots however in bluegrass music and the banjo - hence the term, "banjo rolls." The tone is typically twangy. I'm using the tele on the bridge pickup along with a compressor and some clean overdrive. The picking style is hybrid as in most chicken picking. One of the more difficult parts of this lesson is the amount of memorization it requires. However, stick with it. That will really add to yours skills.

    Key: G
    Chords: G, C, D
    Time Signature: 4/4
    BPM: 100

    Gear: Tele>Wampler Ego Compressor>PedalMonsters Klone>Vox AC15>Sennheiser e906>Presonus>Ableton Live

    Scales: While there are no actual scales performed in this lesson I would recommend Major Pentatonic scales if you are looking to solo over the Jam Track.

    G Major Pentatonic
    G PENTATONIC MAJOR SCALE

    C Major Pentatonic
    C PENTATONIC MAJOR SCALE

    D Major Pentatonic
    D PENTATONIC MAJOR SCALE
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