Banjo Rolls – The Backward Roll
This roll uses the 1st, 2nd and 5th strings on the banjo. Your middle finger picks the first, index picks the second string and thumb picks the fifth.
The following exercise will get you started, since we are using open strings, this a G chord.
This roll is a bit tricky, because you lead off with your middle finger. Play slowly and count – picking evenly and cleanly. When you have this roll worked out at a slow speed and are confident, bring up the speed. Don’t try to go too fast too soon, you are better off playing well at a slower speed than playing faster and poorly.
Here is an example of this roll, have a listen: [audio:Backward Roll.mp3]