Miniseries #001, Beginner Backup III

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Miniseries #001, Beginner Backup III



Hi All,

First of all, I'd like to say I made a verbal mistake in this video, that being the scruggs lick at the end was an Alternating thumb lick, I made a mistake by calling it a forward/backward roll/lick. It is an Alternating thumb lick. If you read the tab, you will see it being an Alternating thumb lick.

In this video, we are going to stick with the same pattern, only this time we are going to use a 2-5 slide on the fourth string. This technique is used ALOT in bluegrass, and is used a lot for backup and soloing as well. The 2-5 slide gives the backup a more driving sound, and with the use of the forward roll, propels the roll a little more, instead of with no slide. I'm not saying that you have to use the slide all the time, but can be used however you like. It just one more left hand technique to enhance the roll, and give the roll a classic Bluegrass Banjo Backup sound.

Have fun Everyone,

David

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