In this video, I teach the old song "Down to The River to Pray" using a roll-based style.
It is in the key of E with no capo; since the fifth string isn't played, you don't even have to worry about retuning your fifth string.
This video assumes basic knowledge of your major chord shapes as well as knowledge about basic rolls (such as Forward, Forward Reverse). There are a few less traditional rolls in the song but all techniques are broken down slow. There are many plucks throughout the arrangement as I wanted the song to sound full and good solo.
Features:Where applicable, Rolls are numerically shown on the screen in a nice readable yellow color. The Video comes with a PDF of the TAB with Chords listed.
This video is broken up into three sections:
1)The Performance 2)The A section 3)The B section
Anyone purchasing this course has email access to me for any questions concerning the material. Also please note that all videos are shot in HD 1080p video format and are recorded using a high quality condenser microphone; video and audio quality are important to us.
I have been playing and teaching for over 20 years. During that time I've been fortunate enough to perform on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry. In addition to playing as a solo artist I perform with the Chuck Nation bluegrass band, as well as in the Banjo+Cello duo called Bow N’ Banjo. I'm a three time Georgia State Banjo and Flatpick Guitar winner and the 2006 Merlefest Banjo winner.
I studied Music Theory and Jazz Improvisation under nationally acclaimed pianist Kevin Bales for five years. Studying improvisation under a pianist provided me with a unique outlook for all of my music studies. My extensive training in a variety of musical systems (Bluegrass, Jazz, Popular, Classical) has given me knowledge of both the formal and aural/traditional systems.
When I'm not performing or teaching, I spend most of my time developing educational material for banjo as well as writing original compositions.