Simple Roll Exercises

This free video lesson by Geoff Hohwald is designed to enable the beginner to learn a few simple rolls and to practice these at gradually increasing speeds. It is recommended that you watch the lesson on correct right hand technique to make sure that your technique is correct as you speed up. We will be playing the forward roll, the forward and backward roll and the alternating thumb pattern. The tablature for each of these rolls can be found below.

Here is the first roll we’ll try. It’s called a forward roll


Now let’s try a forward and backward roll


And finally let’s try an alternating thumb pattern


You should practice these rolls until they become second nature to you.