I’m stuck in a rut with my backup and not sure how to get out. I want to play hymns for a church but what kind of backup do I need? I have watched all of the backup lessons and not sure how to work backup and the solo into a traditional hymn. And what about regular songs? What backup will be an all around good pattern, I know most of the left hand positions up the neck but don’t what do from there, how should I practice backup? This is my mountain to climb and I’m plain stuck. Need help getting my head wrapped around this quandary. Thanks.
When I play banjo in church, playing the hymns, I will use what Earl called “vamping” as my go-to backup. I will mix that up with just switching roll-patterns over the chords, not necessary playing the melody.
How do you suggest practicing backup? How did you find people to play with?
Are you playing the hymns along with the congregational singing or as a special?
I would play along with recordings, or just think of a song in your head and play backup to it.
For standard bluegrass songs, I use a backup pattern similar to the Utility Rolls, and sometimes just a simple driving forward roll is fine. Check out some of the backup in this video:
Great suggestions thank you, and as for playing at church purely speculation at this point, I dont have anybody to play with, and I don’t think that they even like hymns, so I might be sunk before I start, I just wanted to be prepared in case of a long shot. But it would be with the congregation and a worship team singing.