I'm a beginner/intermediate 5-string banjo player (normally guitar/bass player) that has been asked to come up with a banjo part for this song for Easter. I've found a couple versions of this song online with banjo parts but I'm not good enough yet to figure them out in a week. I think if I just use the first chord of each measure I'd be ok but I'd like to use rolls. Any suggestions on what type of roll to use here? Or if you know of a TAB for this song anywhere that is more than just the melody that would obviously be really helpful too. See attached chord chart.
Thanks so much!
edit: I figured out how to get the music on to the post :)
Edited by - UJ-1 on 04/04/2020 07:18:47
Hey UJ,, there’s no chord sheet that I can see. I play it on fingerstyle guitar sometimes, many of those old hymns have a chord/harmony change every beat in places, but I suppose you can fudge over those passing chords. Is this going to be in a band setting? If so, just roll your forward roll mostly. 3,1,5,3,1,5,3,1, if in G, making sure you hit enough of the chord tones through the changes,, for instance, the 3rd beat in the 1st measure is a D chord, 4th beat is back to G. The first 3 beats in measure two is on the C chord, the 4th beat is on G , etc.)
Edited by - chuckv97 on 04/03/2020 21:16:32
Oh, I just found your chord/music sheet in your media file. Ok, you're in the key of C. Here's what would work for the first 2 measures:
Edited by - chuckv97 on 04/03/2020 21:36:02
If you’re more comfortable with the alternating thumb roll (square roll), try this , then continue through the song the same way.
Oh wow this is perfect, thank you both so much! I think I'll do an intro with a few measure's worth of Chuck's roll then go into Rick's harmony when the rest of the band comes in. Guess I better get to work practicing! I'll post a link to the video of the end result. Thanks again, this is going to be fun!
So as promised here's the end result. We're still working on getting the sound right for recording to YouTube so I'm a little tough to hear but I think it turned out ok for short notice. I actually have a microphone tucked behind the banjo head, which was a little awkward, but it got the job done. Thanks again for the help!
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