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Aug 17, 2022 - 6:26:09 AM
15 posts since 1/25/2018

The “technique” in question starts at 1:23-1:27

youtu.be/Uw1bJrFdCjY

I’ve heard similar patterns in other songs, it’s a walk up or down a scale I think but I can’t decipher exactly what’s happening. I want to be able to play this but also take it and apply it to other chord progressions or scales if possible. Is it a specific technique or principle that he’s using? Is there a way to recreate this without just trying every note in each spot until it works?

Aug 17, 2022 - 6:40:53 AM
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2489 posts since 2/4/2013

You can see bits of what he's doing in this live version.

youtube.com/watch?v=Y9aMDPlAQhg

Aug 17, 2022 - 6:41:56 AM
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KCJones

USA

1778 posts since 8/30/2012

Sounds like single string to me.

Aug 17, 2022 - 6:46:55 AM
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banjoy

USA

10428 posts since 7/1/2006

Here's a clip I made of just the portion mentioned in the OP, to help isolate that particular lick.

On first listen, it sounds lke he's just playing descending double notes (same note twice) from two strings instead of all on one. As far as I know, there isn't any name for this technique or phrase...

Aug 17, 2022 - 9:00:55 AM
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He's running down the scale in no specific pattern (also adds chromaticism with a flatted 6th)


Aug 17, 2022 - 9:02:28 AM
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1965 posts since 1/28/2013

They also use certain picking patterns on a Pentatonic scale. These Progressive Players are using picking patterns not usually used in Traditional Scruggs. You have to learn the picking pattern and the scale that is being used. Pentatonic major, Pentatonic minor, Dorian, and Myxolidian. I will PM you.

Edited by - jan dupree on 08/17/2022 09:04:30

Aug 17, 2022 - 9:23:12 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

66092 posts since 10/5/2013

Sounds a bit like the Dillard/Osborne roll. That’s what I’d use to get much the same effect.
1, 2, 1, 5 repeated, moving 2 finger chord shapes.

Aug 17, 2022 - 9:23:31 AM

427 posts since 11/9/2021

Yeah unlike Sruggs style, this requires knowledge of various scales and where they reside on the banjo.

Aug 17, 2022 - 10:07:02 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

1695 posts since 8/9/2019

Definitely not single string.

Sounds/looks more like using the 1, 2nd and 5th strings

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