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Lesson IV - Forward/Reverse Roll

Mickey Cochran is a talented mandolinist, guitarist and author of the Crosspicking Technique book from Mel Bay Publications.

I invited Mickey to introduce Mandolin Cafe readers to his crosspicking technique. Out of our correspondence we agreed to develop a series of lessons packed with his crosspicking techniques and tips. The following information is based on excerpts from his Mel Bay book. I think you'll find his ideas, writing and teaching method an inspiration.

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In this lesson, we are going back to the basics by exercising an essential right-hand pattern: our forward/reverse roll.

We will first lay out the basic patterns involved and then apply these patterns to both chord progressions and the timeless standard: Home Sweet Home.

Preparatory Study Notes:

Basic Forward/Reverse Roll

 ================================== =================================
E|--------------0-----------0------|--------------0-----------0------]
A|--0-------0-------0-----------0--|--0-------0-------0-----------0--]
D|------0---------------0----------|------0---------------0----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U     D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U

Before attempting the following chord progression, make sure you can comfortably play the above Forward/Reverse Roll without fretting (pun intended)--almost to the point that you no longer have to think about what your right hand is doing.

    G                                 G6
 ================================== =================================
E|--------------3-----------3------|--------------0-----------0------]
A|--2-------2-------2-----------2--|--5-------5-------5-----------5--]
D|------5---------------5----------|------5---------------5----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U     D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U


    C                                 D
 ================================== =================================
E|--------------3-----------3------|--------------5-----------5------]
A|--7-------7-------7-----------7--|--9-------9-------9-----------9--]
D|------5---------------5----------|------7---------------7----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U     D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U


    G                                 D
 ================================== =================================
E|--------------7-----------7------|--------------5-----------5------]
A|--10------10------10----------10-|--9-------9-------9-----------9--]
D|------9---------------9----------|------7---------------7----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U     D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U

    C                                 G6   Back to the Beginning
 ================================== =================================
E|--------------3-----------3------|--------------0-----------0------]]
A|--7-------7-------7-----------7--|--5-------5-------5-----------5--]]
D|------5---------------5----------|------5---------------5----------]]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U     D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U

In playing the following arrangement, be very careful to pay close attention to the down/up strokes...These are critical in establishing the timing and accents.

"Home Sweet Home" - arranged by Mickey Cochran

     Lead In:
  ===================================
 E|---------------------------------|
 A|----------------------------0----|
 D|--------------------5---0--------|
 G|----------------4----------------|
     1  &   2  &   3   &   4   &
                   D   U   D   U
Part I:
    G                                 C6              C
 ====================================================================
E|--------------3-----------3------|--------------5---------------3--]
A|--2-------2-------2-----------2--|--3-------3-------7-------7------]
D|------5---------------5----------|------2---------------5----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U     D   U   D   U   D   U   D   U

    G6                                G               G6
 ====================================================================
E|--------------0-----------0------|--------------0---------------0--]
A|--5-------5-------5-----------5--|--2-------2-------5-------5------]
D|------5---------------5----------|------5---------------5----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U     D   U   D   U   D   U   D   U

    D7
 ====================================================================
E|--------------0------------------|----------0-------------------0--]
A|--3-------3-------3-------2------|--3-----------3---0-------0------]
D|------4---------------4-------4--|------4---------------4----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   D     U   D   U   U   D   U   D   U

    G                                 G        To Beginning
 ====================================================================
E|--------------0------------------|---------------------------------]
A|--2-------2-------2-------0------|------------------------------0--]
D|------5---------------5----------|--5-------------------5---0------]
G|---------------------------------|--4---------------4--------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U         D               D   U   D   U

Second Time Through, Start Here:
Part II:
    G                                 D               C
 ====================================================================
E|--------------7-----------7------|--------------5---------------3--]
A|--10------10------10----------10-|--9-------9-------7-------7------]
D|------9---------------9----------|------7---------------5----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U     D   U   D   U   D   U   D   U

    G6
 ====================================================================
E|--------------0-----------0------|--------------0---------------0--]
A|--5-------5-------5-----------5--|--2-------2-------5-------5------]
D|------5---------------5----------|------5---------------5----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   U     D   U   D   U   D   U   D   U

    D7
 ====================================================================
E|--------------0------------------|----------0-------------------0--]
A|--3-------3-------3-------2------|--3-----------3---0-------0------]
D|------4---------------4-------4--|------4---------------4----------]
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U   D     U   D   U   U   D   U   D   U

    G6                                G        To Beginning of Part II
 ====================================================================
E|--------------0------------------|------------------------------0--]
A|--2-------2-------2-------0------|------------------5-------5------]
D|------5---------------5----------|--5-------------------5----------]
G|---------------------------------|--4------------------------------]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   D   U   U   D   U         D               D   U   D   U

Second time through Part II, End Here

    G6                                 G
 ====================================================================
E|----------0-----------0----------|---------------------------------]]
A|------2-----------2-------0------|---------------------------------]]
D|--5-----------5------------------|--5------------------------------]]
G|---------------------------------|--4------------------------------]]
    1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &     1   &   2   &   3   &   4   &
    D   U   U   D   U   U   D         D

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