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Lesson 4b: Forward/Reverse Roll Patterns with Chordal Studies

Edited by Paul Race for Creek Don't Rise?

Editor's Note: Between 1999 and 2004, Mitchel "Mickey" Cochran posted an extensive collection of free musical instrument lessons on his FolkOfTheWood.com web page. Sadly, we lost Mickey in 2011. After e-mailing surviving family members for permission to repost some of Mickey's most popular materials, we have begun restoring them to host on these pages. (Please see the Introduction page for more information on that effort.)

This is Mickey's description of some banjo rolls (picking patterns) that are frequently used in Bluegrass. - Paul


Lesson 4b: Forward/Reverse Roll Patterns with Chordal Studies
By Mickey Cochran

Notes on Forward/Reverse Roll Patterns with Chordal Studies: There are two separate chord progressions: 1 in the Key of G and 1 in the Key of Em...notice the repeat dots...upon reaching the dots at the end of each chord progression, go back to the beginning, where the two dots face inward, and play the progression again. Be careful to play slowly and evenly. Try to eliminate all pauses between chord changes...and, remember, you're establishing the rhythm with the Down and Up Pick Directions above the tablature.

There are 4 beats to each measure; measures are divided up by vertical lines. Notice that each measure, in the below exercises, consists of eight notes...for each measure count out four beats as if you're keeping the rhythm by clapping your hands or tapping your foot. For a total of eight notes, simply count 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &...which will then encompass all of the notes...after learning to count out the 4 beats, you will eventually be able to play intuitively and keep an even tempo without counting.

Note: Keep in mind that you're trying to keep these notes played evenly without faltering. There are no pauses between the notes. Start off slowly and keep the timing even.

For proper right-hand picking, follow the "T", "I" and "M" symbols above the tablature of each study...

    Thumb = T
    First Finger = I
    Second Finger = M


Copyright ?1999-2004 Mickey Cochran

Conclusion

Mickey's instructions are as valid today as when he wrote and recorded them years ago. Here's hoping that you find them just as helpful as his original followers did back when he was interacting on a daily basis with his them.

Please contact us if you're hitting any brick walls and we'll try to help you get therough them.

Best of luck, all, enjoy your music, and support the arts.

Paul Race

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