I’ve been practicing and have made it to the point that I can play most rolls “like a machine gun”. My problem is, when I play a song (any one) I can’t quite get that fumbling, clip-a-de clop rhythm down pat.
Do you have any suggestions? I have purchased several instrumental bluegrass cd’s. I’m hoping that listening too much more music will help.
Yes, the way to eliminate this problem is to play with other bluegrass musicians on a regular basis. This isn’t always easy do get accomplished; however, it will resolve the problems of poor timing and unsteady or inconsistent roll patterns. You will be forced to hang with the other musicians as they’re picking and singing.
Here are a few quick solutions:
1. Play along with CD’s (daily). Bluegrass Album Band would be my number one recommendation.
2. Form a bluegrass jam or find one in your area. Call some buddies and invite them over for bluegrass and pizza.
3. Record a rhythm track with another instrument and play along with it. Audacity works great for recording on a PC.
Thanks for the great question. Keep up the good work! Your rolls will sound better soon. It’s just a beginner stage that will fade if you work at it.