Sorry but I’m not sure if I understand your question. The video lesson is at the top of the lesson page when you're logged in. ( https://www.proguitar.com/academy/lessons/banjo-rolls-for-guitar ) The tab and backing tracks are underneath. It’s an almost 2 hour video lesson. Is the video not visible to you?
Kind regards /Emil
RE: Where're the VIDEOS lesson??
RE: Two fingers or one thumb pick
So glad you like the lesson "Right Hand Technique! It's a useful lesson, and it was interesting for me to study my own right hand when making the lesson, haha! I found out why I was playing in that way.
I'm always careful when it comes to give people too much advice on what NOT to do when it comes to technique - because what I've learned over the years is that there are no wrong ways... Everyone finds their own way to play things, and the best way is YOUR way, if it works for you. With that in mind, I can tell you from my personal view, that I like to mainly use my index finger and thumb, alternating between those.. but I also use my middle finger from time to time, especially when "jumping strings", playing rolls, triplets over 3 strings etc.
Brent Mason is one of the greatest players ever, and he's using thumb pick and index + middle finger. It seems like he has no limits when it comes to play something fast :) He's also using a lot of pull offs and slides. My main influence, Jim Nichols, is playing kind of like me. (Or.. I should say... I'm playing like him!! :) ) We're using thumb pick and index finger for 90% of the single lines.
For speed when it comes to single lines, I'd say a regular pick is the best choice, but speed is definitely not everything :)
I suggest you to try the different techniques for a month or so, and then choose the one that you feel most comfortable with. Don't use a certain technique because someone else does, because it doesn't necessarily mean that that specific technique works for you - we're all different.
Have a wonderful day and let me know if you have any more questions!
RE: Open string lick
The F# major is not as easy to find open string ideas that work well since the open string are E A D G B E, which are notes outside of the F# chord tonality. But there are definitely ways to find good sounding lines over that chord when using the open strings as passing notes. The best thing is to experiment with it a lot and I'm sure you will find ideas that sound great! The B harmonic minor scale is a cool one to try out.
The Bm chord is easier to find open string ideas that will sound good. Try using the D major (or B minor, same notes) tonality and find descending and ascending lines.
I don't have a specific line to share that I can think of at the moment, but whenever I practice a specific tune or so, I find ideas myself by just experimenting!
RE: Using one finger to fret two strings
First of all, thank you so much for the kind words Joe!! Means a lot to me!
Yes, I cover two strings with the tip of my middle finger, check it out - I made a video for you: Video for Joe
Let me know if you have any other questions or if there's anything I can help you with.
RE: Middle Finger (Right Hand)
Thanks for describing it like this - it's very clear what you mean now.
Awesome! This technique that you're describing was frequently used by Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau and others in the same style. It is a really great technique that I strongly recommend you to explore! I've used it too, but not enough! :) It's more commonly heard by nylon string players - for instance, I've heard the great Richard Smith use this "p m i"- pattern many times.
Check out this video at 1:42, where Chet Atkins is using the technique in the song "Cascade". There are SO many techniques and ideas to learn from in this video!!
So to answer your question; I'm actually not using this technique a lot since I feel that I can reach the same speed using only alternating between thumb/fingers - and I feel that its easy to get stuck when playing this technique on steel string guitars. On nylon it's much easier for me! But I need more practice! :)
Also, check out the lick at 0:42 in the video above (Chet Atkins playing Cascade), where he's using the "p m i"-technique when playing a descending line (3 notes per string).. It works great on descending lines. He's basically just playing a C major scale from the 3rd of the scale (note E) on the high E string, and playing the scale all the way down to the low A note on the low E string.. :)
Have a great day!
Have a wonderful dat!
RE: Middle Finger (Right Hand)
Yes, I use mainly the index finger & thumb pick for the single note lines/licks but I use the middle finger for rolls, open string runs, some triplet runs etc.
If you're asking about those triplet runs where I play same string twice and then next string, and next string again - the order is this:
The 1st note is played using index finger,
2nd note (same string) is played with the thumb pick
then we play index finger on the next string,
then middle finger on the next string,
then ring finger on the next string,
and finally ending with the thumb pick on the same string.
This might be a bit confusing explained this way, so here's a TAB for a lick that I use at 0:57 in this video: "Cowboy Solo"
Make sure to look at the right hand fingerings, and slow down the video. (By the way, this is part of the lesson "Open String Licks Vol.2" if you'd like to check it out. I slowly walk through all the techniques and ideas in that video)
p=thumb, i=index finger, m=middle finger, a=ring finger...
Regarding the descending triplet runs, I actually use the index finger to "sweep" across two strings. Se this lick and link:
"Reel Lick #22"
Let me know if this answered your question! I'm always here to help!
RE: Modes ( another way to learn it?)
I'd say that there is never a "best" way to learn scales and modes, but finding your OWN way is usually a really good thing because then you'll really remember it - and that's what you've done!
A few things;
It might've been a typo but remember that the dorian mode has a b7 and not a major 7th.
The most important thing is to start hearing the differences between the modes. If you really practice the patterns of the major scale, you'll get it into your fingers, and since all the notes of all the modes are in that one scale - it helps so much just practicing that scale over and over (preferably to a backing track or similar) until you feel free on the fretboard. You should be able to say, "ok, now I'm going to improvise within the framework of Bb major..".. then you change key to any random key, like E majord, then C major etc... just so that you understand how the scale is laid out on the fretboard - and how it sounds. Make sure to practice it without looking at the fretboard too.
Let me know if you have any other questions or thoughts on this!
By the way, so sorry for the late reply Frederick - I've been away from the computer over Christmas/New Years but I'm back on track today!
RE: Soloing over I'll see you in my dreams
Hi there! Thanks so much, I'm really glad you're watching the lesson "I'll See You In My Dreams". That's a great idea, I might do a YouTube-video teaching a solo on that tune and walk it through!
By the way, sorry for the late reply - I've been away from the computer over Christmas/new-years but I'm back on track today! :)