Secret Rolls – How to Fast Forward Through the Beginner Stage

In this video we’ll spend the first 6 minutes discussing how you can fast forward your banjo playing through the beginner stage to an expert level of playing

The second part of this video contains 3 SECRET banjo rolls that you must know. These are the rolls that Ryan plays when he slips out of teaching mode in to jam mode. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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14 Comments

  • Ryan

    2013

    Thanks so much! Sounds like you are really on the right track and working hard on the banjo. If everyone worked this hard at it there would be tons of success stories. Thanks, Ryan

  • suigeneris

    2013

    Hi Ryan,
    I’ve been following your tip for the last week, and I am already improving with speed. I found that accuracy is improved by using a metronome. Using the metronome, other than having accurate timing, seems to take my mind off the rolls but on the metronome instead, and this helps with accuracy. Amazing.

    I’m practicing each roll for 5 minutes every day, so that makes about 40 minutes of speed and accuracy work.

    When I follow this up with my ( one and only song), Banjo in the Hollow, I notice that accuracy and speed is improving there too. I”ll stick with this for a few months to see how I go.

    Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ™‚

  • RANDY

    2012

    Ryan,
    I listened to your lesson on fast forwarding through the beginner stage. You described me perfectly. I was very impressed by how you put your finger on this problem so I joined. I have taken lessons from some really good instructors but they just want to teach me new songs every week. Nobody seems to have a comprehensive lesson plan to progress to become a more professional player.
    I have been playing Scruugs style almost 10 yrs. and have learned a bunch of songs by ear as well as tablature and I can play them well in jams. But I basically play them the same every time. Mostly forward or forward reverse rolls. Some new songs I can learn by ear fairly quickly but I can’t fake songs very well at all. I know all my chord positions and have worked out some up the neck versions of songs.
    Do you have a series of lessons planned to expand on these rolls that you outlined today? I am excited about opening new doors to understanding my instrument and bring spontaneity and variety to my playing.
    Thanks, Randy

  • BryanWB

    2012

    Hi Ryan
    I’ve been registered with your website as a member for a number of years now, but in the meantime, have had to give the banjo a break for various reasons.
    Coming back here and finding this new concept, with tabs, and particularly this SECRET BANJO ROLLS lesson has given me new insight, and encouragement (I’m not very good really) to carry on and learn more about playing the banjo.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration Ryan.
    Bryan Wenham-Baker, Ivybridge, Devon, England UK.

  • Larry

    2012

    I like the idea of having the tab as a backup reference. When I downloaded the tab I noticed that the entire second page has just blank measures (#11-#24) printed on it. Was this intentional or am I missing some additional tab for those measures? Thanks.

  • Ryan

    2012

    It would be best if you could get used to alternating index and middle, but you can try both.

  • Ryan

    2012

    Thanks Graham. We really want to be a resource for those of you without teachers in your area. Let me know if there is anything further I can do to help. Ryan

  • Ryan

    2012

    Thanks David. These rolls will really advance you quickly if you put some practice behind them. Keep pushing forward. It won’t take long and soon you be to the next stage of banjo playing. Thanks, Ryan

  • Ryan

    2012

    Most of the rolls were 5,2,1; however, the tab will really help you the most. You can just click the tab icon above the video to view it. Thanks so much, Ryan

  • Charlie

    2012

    Thanks for these wise words. Thats where I wanna go too!

  • eddie

    2012

    hi ryan should e not use out thumb on the second string as well in those rolls on your latest video

  • Graham

    2012

    Hi Ryan,
    I gotta say I appreciate hearing you give advice and insight into the broader picture of learning the banjo.
    I have been teaching myself for a little over four years now, due to teachers being non existent in my part of the world. So it’s great to get general advice.
    Keep em coming.
    Thanks Graham

  • DAVID SHARP

    2012

    Hi Ryan, I Found this lesson very interesting and helpful. As i have reached a level where i can play a few songs, but seem to be stuck, not knowing how to progress to the next level. Thanks very much, great site.

  • cowboy69

    2012

    Ryan. What number strings are you using for the 3 rolls. You were to fast and i missed them. thank you.

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