| Basic Rolls & Slides
| Left Hand Logic
| E9th Pickgrips
Right Hand Logic |
The Right Hand |
The Forward Roll
Using the thumb, first finger, and second finger, we can play them
separately and this combination is called a roll. The most basic is
the forward roll. This move can be developed and controlled. You can
apply the many variations to create licks. Below is a forward roll being
played on three adjacent strings.
roll can be varied by the finger that you start on. The changing of
the starting finger gives you a different order of notes. The ability
to start the roll on each finger is something that can be developed.
Our next graphic shows the forward roll starting on the first finger.
The next shows us starting on the second finger. It may sound easy when
you read what needs to happen, but putting it into action on your guitar
will take a lot of practice.
Each of the
rolls are shown at the first fret. Practice them on all adjacent strings.
You can play them up the fretboard and get the left hand involved in
the learning. Learn each roll as a separate move. Work on them one at
a time. Make up exercises and drills that give your right hand a work
Remember, to see the rolls, as a
combination of the smaller individual movements. You can learn to put
these moves into your hands.
Most players use the forward roll
in their playing, but until you get into the other variations, you're
holding yourself back. If you want to hear some examples, play a forward
roll at any fret and listen to the three notes that are sounded. Then
play each of the other variations at the same fret and with the exact
strings that you used before. Each one will have its own characteristics.
That alone should tell you how valuable each roll can be to your playing.
These rolls take a while to learn.
You are trying to build up muscles that are needed and you can only
do that by spending time on each movement that you use as you play.
When you first start to learn them. Keep thinking of your right hand
and exactly what it has to do to play the roll. Don't worry about other
things, such as the left hand or the pedals. You are only trying to
train the thumb, and fingers of the right hand to play these rolls with
ease. Adding a slide to these starts with studying Left