Watch the Banjo Rolls online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 60 Electric Guitar Techniques You MUST Know
Rapid-fire sequences that immediately give off a country vibe via a banjo feel that involve lead-off legato snippets followed by adjacent string single note elements are what make up banjo rolls. Often misunderstood, this completely awesome technique can make your playing sound burning with not as much effort as you'd think. With a medium-level hybrid picking foundation you'll find yourself quickly easing into banjo rolls and playing exciting passages that make people want to get up and dance in their overalls. Banjo rolls can be played with a simple pick and fingers approach (hybrid picking) or a more traditional thumb pick/finger picks set up.
Looking for inspiration? Just about every country picker worth his salt drops banjo rolls like a pro. For starters, look at our own Jason Loughlin
for detailed how-to's across his stellar TrueFire catalog. Others guys with a modern take on all thing country-rock-blues that come quick to mind are Andy Wood, Brent Mason, and Greg Koch. Find them!