L7: Ragtime 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” are easily adapted to ragtime by adding a pause on the third beat of the rhythm and then adjusting the last part of the pattern for style.

CHALLENGE

Earn your Fingerstyle Level 7 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 4
1 4 2 1 – 3 2 3
1 2 4 1 – 4 1 4
1 2 4 1 – 4 1 3

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

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

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