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Dec 8, 2022 - 5:57:46 PM
561 posts since 2/11/2019

I know someone who can do this and it sounds really good. The problem is he doesn't know how to explain how he does it. I can to a three finger / three string pinch just fine, but all three strings ring simultaneously. This is not a really fast roll though it sounds just like strumming three strings. Any tips?

Dec 8, 2022 - 8:11:41 PM
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Wobba

USA

55 posts since 4/15/2020
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Don't do it as a pinch but as an upward brush with the tips of your fingers. I do that all the time. Learned that from watching Doc Boggs play. You can do that with two or three fingers, depending on the strings and sound you're looking for.

Dec 8, 2022 - 8:33:29 PM

561 posts since 2/11/2019

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Originally posted by Wobba

Don't do it as a pinch but as an upward brush with the tips of your fingers. I do that all the time. Learned that from watching Doc Boggs play. You can do that with two or three fingers, depending on the strings and sound you're looking for.


So do you move up / backward with the thumb too?

Dec 8, 2022 - 9:11:33 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

67786 posts since 10/5/2013

I do that on guitar with thumb and 3 fingers. On banjo I do it sort of when I do a triplet like the beginning of Arab Bounce or Big Sandy River. You have to “plant” all 3 digits on the strings and peel the off quickly one by one. It definitely takes some practice.

Dec 9, 2022 - 3:13:17 AM

552 posts since 5/21/2020

Not rocket science, T I M or M I T in swift succession like a triplet  also check out the three finger pinch ending on Banjo Ben's Intermediate Arr of John Henry . Sounds really neat.
 

Edited by - FenderFred on 12/09/2022 03:18:00

Dec 12, 2022 - 2:56:10 AM

phb

Germany

3680 posts since 11/8/2010

Since this is mainly done for effect, you usually don't need the fingers back in place all too quickly. I therefor do it by lifting the wrist away from the banjo with a slight rotation in the wrist such that the thumb lifts off earlier than the fingers. As chuckv97 mentions, all the picks are on the string at the same time before the movement starts. To be honest, I don't know whether I actually do this on the banjo, I know I used to do this on the guitar. On the banjo I am more likely to have all strings match the chord than on the guitar (more strings, no open tuning) which is why a brush is my preferred choice.

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