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Discuss the Banjo lesson: Backup Banjo Utility Rolls


Oh Man! I think your sense of humor is as warped as mine. :rofl::rofl::rofl:

What you have to say for yourself, Ben! :rofl::rofl::rofl:


Dude! You just found the best Easter egg on this site to date. @BanjoBen should give you some kind of prize for being the first to find that. That’s hilarious!


@campbellneilh I was waiting for it. You just won a hat, t-shirt, and set of strings. Send me your sizes and address at


I found it weeks ago but I was too respectful to raise the issue.


You snoozed, you loozed.


Someone made a toot. Neil got the loot.


I just had an ‘epiphany’ that its possible that there may be more hidden “easter-egg” finds on the banjobenclark web-site in various forms. Just sayin’… Happy picking All !


Great lesson. Thanks Ben. You hit a grand slam with this one. Love it when you talk about the syncopation! So far this one and the series with Alan Munde on Fretboard Geography are my favorites among the tons of great lessons. Thanks again.


I discovered this weekend that this works great for Wabash Cannonball. You don’t really stay in C long enough to use the stuff in this lesson, but it works perfectly for the rest of it,

It sounded like this.

Give it a try!


That is on fire!


Man, there is something powerful to this lesson. Those backup riffs just seem to growl. I love it!


That’s awesome Mark and works well. :+1:


Excellent Mark! I was singing Wabash Cannonball in my head while you played and it fit perfect.

Nice chokes and 16ths.


Love it! It’s actually a very versatile lick. Our family found it works GREAT on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”. It gave me a chance to slow down, and then bring up to tempo the accending / decending triplet pattern and some of the cool turnaround licks. The blues notes it in just paint the song with a different hue; and , like B.B. implies, adds fire. Keep on Pickin" !


Oh yeah! I bet that sounds great, Neil!

I don’t know if anyone has noticed yet, but I used this backup in the Joy to the World video I posted yesterday. Worked out really well.


I love, love, love this lesson. This roll pattern could be a song all by itself in my opinion.
I am going to try to apply it to songs that have long G, C, or D sections. How would I use this pattern for other chords for other keys?


I could be wrong, but I think the pattern requires playing an open key. So, it either needs to be G, or you’d have to use a capo. Even when playing the C and D chords in this lesson, there are a lot of open strings. I think that’d be tough to translate to X and Y chord shapes.