Spice Up Your Playing With Open String Drone Chords And Banjo Rolls

by Simon Candy

 

Open String Drone Chord Article ImageIn this video, I show you a cool way to fingerpick progressions on guitar using open string drone chords and banjo rolls.

You learn how to take a typical chord progression and totally transform it with this very cool approach.

Open string drone chords and banjo rolls are a great combination when it comes to fingerpicking guitar.

 

In this lesson, I show you a number of open string drone chords and how to apply them to a standard chord progression.

I then take you through some forward and backward banjo rolls in isolation first, before taking these to the progression creating all kinds of very cool and unpredictable sounds.

Drone chords and banjo roll patterns will become a great addition to your fingerpicking guitar skills.

Watch the video below to learn more:

 

 

Banjo Roll Patterns

Forward Roll

Here is a forward banjo roll across 3 strings:

 

Open Drone Chord Fwd Banjo Roll 3 String

 

Here is the same forward roll across 6 strings:

 

Open Drone Chord Fwd Banjo Roll 6 String

 

Backward Roll

Here is a backward banjo roll across 3 strings:

 

Open Drone Chord Bwd Banjo Roll 3 String

 

Here is the same backward roll across 6 strings:

 

Open Drone Chord Bwd Banjo Roll 6 String 

 

Forward/Backward Banjo Roll

Here are the banjo rolls combined, ascending and then descending the 6 strings:

 

Open Drone Chord Fwd Bwd Banjo Roll 6 String

 

The following is the banjo roll pattern applied to an Amadd9 chord:

Open Drone Chord Banjo Roll Amadd9

 

Masterclass Drone Chord/Banjo Roll Example

Here is the example used in the masterclass. There is a lot going on here. The idea is to grab some of the concepts and ideas used and apply them to your own playing:

 

Open Drone Chord Banjo Roll Masterclass Example 

 

Learn more awesome ways to fingerpick guitar with my online fingerstyle guitar lesson program