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Sep 17, 2021 - 5:10:06 PM
2 posts since 6/22/2020

I've heard a roll a bunch of times that I haven't been able to hear while enough to figure the pattern. The most recent example is in the song Ghost Riders in the Sky by Southern Raised (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG85zhpgmJY) - the roll he's playing during the verse and most of the time. Sounds simple enough but I keep hearing it differently. If any of you recognize the roll pattern, I'd be grateful if you shared it. Thanks.

Edited by - caplain on 09/17/2021 17:49:22

Sep 18, 2021 - 7:42:48 AM
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It sounds to me like a one-measure pattern, IxIxTIMT, where "x" represents a rest. You can use it on various combinations of strings, but in the beginning of this recording it sounds a lot like 3x3x5315. Is that the pattern you're referring to?

You can get a similar effect by holding an F-shape chord and picking TxTxMTIM on strings 4x4x1421. Since this doesn't use open strings, you can move it all over the fingerboard to any desired chord.

Sep 18, 2021 - 7:44:47 AM

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Upon listening to more of the track, it sounds like he's doing the second pattern that I suggested--but not always on F-shape chords.

Sep 18, 2021 - 8:08:52 AM
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caplain

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2 posts since 6/22/2020

I believe you got it, and after rewatching the video and looking at the banjo player's right hand I agree it's probably the TxTxMTIM version. Thank you, Ira. Appreciate it.

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