L6: PIM ‘Banjo Rolls’

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • String numbers: A=1, E=2, C=3 & G=4
  • Right hand finger lettering: P=Thumb, I=Index & M=Middle
  • “Banjo rolls” sound great on the ukulele because the high-G string stands in for the drone string on a 5-string banjo (playing with a low-G on your uke will not produce the same effect). Because of the mellower sound of the ukulele, banjo-style rolls sound great in many genres of music (not just bluegrass).

CHALLENGE

Earn your Fingerstyle Level 6 patch by demonstrating three of the following fingerstyle patterns (each from a different grouping). You may use a song or songs you are working on to demonstrate the patterns, or one of the chord sequences you’ve learned so far. Demonstrated patterns should keep a consitent beat with no noticeable pauses between chords. Patterns may be played straight or swung.

1 4 2 1 4 2 1 4
1 4 2 1 4 2 3 2
1 2 4 1 2 4 1 4
1 2 4 1 2 4 1 3

2 1 4 2 1 4 2 4
2 1 4 2 1 4 2 3
2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4

3 2 1 3 2 1 4 1
3 2 1 4 2 1 4 1
3 1 2 4 1 2 4 1

4 2 1 4 2 1 4 1
4 2 1 4 2 1 3 2
4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1
4 1 2 4 1 2 3 2