Upcoming Workshop #4!
Workshop Description - Understanding Roll Patterns for Clawhammer Banjo
In this workshop, we’ll be exploring the wonderful world of Clawhammer Rolls! Clawhammer rolls are double-thumbing and drop-thumbing combinations that allow you to emulate fingerstyle banjo, at the same time opening up some interesting melodic possibilities.
Rolls are a big part of my playing. I didn’t invent them or anything like that, in fact, I imagine most players have moments in their playing where they are doing rolls. What I’ve done is refine them a little, and make them a technique in their own right. Rolls give me a lot more variety in my backup playing as well as making my melodic playing more “open” sounding and full.
I first was exposed to rolls when I met Reed Martin when I was in my early 20s. He was nice enough to show me a version of “Little Birdie” that had a different feel to it than anything I’d ever played before. It was melodic, but not as “linear” as what I was used to. It was big sounding and full. I took note and tried to put more of that into my playing. Over the years, mostly organically while I was busking, I incorporated a number of specific rolls into my playing, until it eventually became an instinctual part of my style. A wise person once said "talking about music is like dancing to architecture", so here’s a video to give you some examples of what I’m talking about here - Click here to watch video
I’m looking forward to sharing this aspect of my playing with you. I am going to show you some specific roll patterns, but more importantly, break them down so you understand how they work. I want you to be able to develop your own patterns and apply them to your music.
As I unpack this subject, here are some specific things I’ll be touching on
- Building Roll Patterns
- Waltz (3/4 time) applications
- song and tune backup
- up the neck applications
- How using rolls can change your melodic playing
- applying rolls to a pre-assigned tune
- how some of my original tunes incorporate rolls (I will provide tablature)
- some examples of how to apply rolls to traditional tunes
If you sign up for this workshop...
About 2 weeks before the workshop, I will be sending you a few things to learn and work on before the workshop. There will be some chords (you may already know them). There will also be a simple tune that I hope you'll learn so I can show you how you might apply rolls to both your chordal backup and melodic arrangments.
A few days before the workshop, I'll email you with a link to an invitation to join the Zoom meeting on October, 4. This will include instructions in case you're new to using Zoom or doing online workshops. If you take the workshop live, you will be able to ask questions using the texting function on Zoom.
After the workshop (within 24 hours) you'll be provided with a copy of the video from the workshop, a written overview of the subject (including tablature to all the tunes that I refer to during the workshop).
The workshop will run between 1.5 - 2 hours on Sunday, October 4 @ 2pm EST.
A word about level
I would say this workshop is Intermediate to Advanced. There is a chance that by the end of the workshop a “lower intermediate” player might get left in the dust a bit, but they’ll be provided with all the resources they’ll need to catch up at their own speed in the future. Generally, I think level is less important in these online workshops as I’m designing them to be more like a course that you’ll work on in the year ahead, revisit and grow into.
Can’t make the workshop?
Although I’d love to have you live at the workshop for interaction, apart from being able to text questions, it doesn’t really make much difference if you do the workshop live or at a later date. If you do sign up for the workshop and can’t be there live, there will be a blog on the resource page for you to ask questions after the workshop date, which I will answer.
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