BANJO LESSONS - by Bradley Laird
Cumberland Gap (MP3
Here is the old time fiddle tune "Cumberland Gap" which
makes use of many of the same licks and techniques as are found in "Cripple
Creek". Notice that the "thumb-pinch" lick in the
first and last measure is actually picked with the index finger followed
pinch. This is unusual, but must be done since the four note roll
before it ended on a thumb note. Also, watch out for the pull-off
at the end of measure 3.
the repeat signs at the beginning and end. This means to play all
four measures twice. If you listen to Earl Scruggs pick this tune
(and I hope you will) you will hear him play lots of nice variations
of this tune.
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Four New Rolls (MP3 TRACK
Here are some new rolls to become comfortable with. In future songs
these rolls will appear over and over again.
You will find that banjo players call rolls by lots of different names.
The names used above are just one author's way of keeping track of
some of them. After you have been playing a while you will not think
much about which roll you are playing--certainly you won't think
of them by name. In general "forward" rolls are played "t
i m" and "backward" rolls are played "m i t".
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