Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

So you want to play bluegrass banjo, but are a rank beginner on the instrument? Here's help.

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo - simple banjo roll
Strike the second string with a downstroke of your thumb, then pluck up on the first string with your middle finger. Repeat three more times. Congratulations! You've just played your first roll. Now use the third string as your melody string. Hit the third string with your thumb, and then immediately pluck the first string with your middle finger. Now play the fourth string as a melody string, once again followed by the first string. Practice moving your thumb from the second, third, and fourth strings, then quickly play the first string with your middle finger.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff