Watch the Forward Roll online guitar lesson by Ben Wright from Bluegrass Banjo for Guitar Players

The forward roll is often considered the foundation of Scruggs or bluegrass style banjo playing. It's an 8 note roll, starting with your thumb. As always, it's increasingly important to take this slowly and make sure you have it down before you move on. Played up to speed this roll will really start sounding like the banjo playing you hear in bluegrass music.