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10 Patterns in "B"

This run uses a couple of conveniently place open strings as do many of the patterns here. On the 4~~6 in the middle of the second measure slide up to the 6 using the ring finger.

-------|--------------------|-------------2-4-5--|--4-2--------------
-------|---------------1-4--|--1-2-2-4~~6--------|------5-6--2-------
-------|----0-1-4--2-4------|--------------------|-------------------
-0-1-3-|--4-----------------|--------------------|-------------------
 |_|_|    |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |_|_|_|  |

This riff keeps finding its way under my fingers but I have no idea where it came from. This is a good one to precede the one above. Try it and you've got a good long string in B for those times when you need to extend a fill (for example) prior to a singer coming in.

---0-1-|--2-5-2-1--0-----0--|--------------------|-------------------
-------|-------------5-6----|--5-4-2--------2----|-------------------
-------|--------------------|--------6--4-6---6--|--4-2-0-1--0-1-----
-------|--------------------|--------------------|----------------4--
   |_|    |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |_|_|_|  |_|  |

Here's a good filler for those phrases when the singer is trailing off right before a chorus and the banjo player is building up steam in his (or her) ears for the break.

-------|---------------6-9--|--7-------------------------------------
-------|------6-9--7--------|----------------------------------------
---6-8-|--9-----------------|----------------------------------------
-------|--------------------|----------------------------------------
   |_|    |   |_|  |   |_|     |

Extend the one above a bit and your a classic sort of Monroe/Lawson run like this:

-------|---------------6-9--|--7-------------------------------------
-------|------6-9--7-9------|----------------------------------------
---6-8-|--9-9---------------|----------------------------------------
-------|--------------------|----------------------------------------
   |_|    |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |

Here's another one we'll start off and build into a similar pattern. Start the first note with the first finger.

-------|--------------------|--2-4-2-------------|-------------------
-------|----9------9--------|--------5--6-2------|--2----------------
-----7-|--8---7-8-----------|---------------6-4--|-------------------
-------|--------------------|--------------------|-------------------
   |_|    |_|_|_|  ||          |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |

Same first measure but this time slide the ring finger up to the C# (9) at the end of the second full measure. This is another "sort of" Monroe that I've heard in the playing of Lawson, Skaggs, and others.

-------|--------------------|--9---7---6---6--9--|--7----------------
-------|----9------9--------|------------9-------|-------------------
-----7-|--8---7-8-----------|--------------------|-------------------
-------|--------------------|--------------------|-------------------
   |_|    |_|_|_|  ||          |   |   |_|_|_|      |

This is a phrase that probably would be most appropriate to use when ending a solo in B. You'd probably want to extend this one a bit.

-------|--------------------|--2-2-2-2--2-0------|------------------|---
---5-6-|--2---5-6--2---5-6--|---------------5-6--|--2---------------|---
-------|--------------------|--------------------|----0-1--0-1-0-1--|---
-------|--------------------|--------------------|------------------|-4-
   |_|    |   |_|  |   |_|     |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     | |_|  |_|_|_|    |

Another phrase that can be appropriate as a fill or part of a solo. Use your pinkie to stretch to the C# (9) again in the first measure with the second finger holding down the A (5). The "~" indicates to hold the note. Also, slide from the C to C# between measure 2 and 3 with the first finger.

-------|--5---5-9--5---5-9--|--5-----------------|------------------|---
-------|--------------------|----7-5-7--4-----3--|--4---5----4------|---
-------|--------------------|-------------7~7----|----7---7----7----|---
-------|--------------------|--------------------|------------------|---
          |   |_|  |   |_|     |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |_|_|_|    |

My personal favorite:

-------|--7-5-10-7-5--------|----5---------------|--7---5--2-0------|---
-------|-------------9-7-8--|--9---9-8--7-0-5-6--|-------------5-6--|-2-
-------|--------------------|--------------------|------------------|---
-------|--------------------|--------------------|------------------|---
          |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |   |  |_|_|_|    |

And a simple one to end on:

-------|--------0--2-4-6-2--|--7---4---2-0-------|------------------|---
-------|--2-4-6-------------|--------------5-6---|--2---------------|---
---4-6-|--------------------|--------------------|------------------|---
-------|--------------------|--------------------|------------------|---
   |_|    |_|_|_|  |_|_|_|     |   |   |_|_|_|      |

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