5 String Banjo Roll Patterns

Basic Forward

Basic forward roll

Basic Backward

Basic backward roll

Alternating Thumb

Alternating thumb roll

Standard Forward

Standard forward roll

Foggy Mountain*

Foggy Mountain roll

Forward Backward

Forward backward roll

Forward Reverse

Forward reverse roll

Double Backward

Double backward roll

Pause Forward

Pause forward roll

Forward Variation

Forward variation roll


Ragtime roll

* The Foggy Mountain Roll is also often played with the fingering I M T M T I M T depending on the rolls that surround it.

Basic Frailing Pattern

P = Pick B = Brush T = Thumb

Basic frailing pattern