'Foggy Mountain' Rolls & Foggy Mountain Breakdown Intro

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Earl Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" had a pivotal impact on my development as a musician, and IMO sounds as good or better on dobro as it does on banjo, so I thought I'd share my dobro adaptations of the classic banjo roll this song is based on, along with a few of the primary roll-based licks required to achieve the same kind of feel and drive as the banjo version.

BTW, in dobro instruction books I've often seen simplified versions of these rolls I call 'Foggy Mountain' or 'FM' rolls, however IMO the simplified versions sound choppy and lacking in both drive and syncopation; if you get the accents and timing right in these rolls as I've tabbed them below, they should sound very similar to Earl's banjo playing.

[tab]
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'Foggy Mountain' Rolls
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FM Roll (basic)

1 2 & 3 & 4 &
1st- ---------M--------m----
2nd- I-----T--------i-------
3rd- ------------t--------t-

FM Roll (alternate)

1 2 & 3 & 4 &
1st- M--------M--------m----
2nd- ------T--------i-------
3rd- ------------t--------t-

FM Roll (with bass substitution)

1 2 & 3 & 4 &
1st- ---------M--------m----
2nd- I-----T--------i-------
3rd- ---------------------t-
4th- - - - - - - - - - - - -
5th- - - - - - - - - - - - -
6th- ------------t----------

FM Roll (low octave)

1 2 & 3 & 4 &
3rd- ------------m--------m-
4th- ---------I--------i----
5th- T-----T--------t-------

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Foggy Mountain Breakdown Roll-Based Licks
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FMB Lick

1 2 & 3 & 4 &
1st- ---------0--------0----
2nd- 2/3---2/3--------0-------
3rd- ------------0--------0-
I T M t i m t

FMB Alternate Lick

1 2 & 3 & 4 &
1st- 0--------0--------0----
2nd- ----2/3--------0-------
3rd- ------------0--------0-
M T M t i m t

FMB Lick (with bass substitution)

1 2 & 3 & 4 &
1st- ---------0--------0----
2nd- 2/3---2/3--------0-------
3rd- ---------------------0-
4th- - - - - - - - - - - - -
5th- - - - - - - - - - - - -
6th- ------------0----------
I T M t i m t

FMB Lick (low octave)

1 2 & 3 & 4 &
3rd- ------------0--------0-
4th- ---------0--------0----
5th- 2/3---2/3--------0-------
T T I m t i m

Foggy Mountain Breakdown Intro, with lead-in

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 2 & 3 & 4 &
1st- ---0-------(0)---(0)--- 0--------0--------0---- ---------0--------0----
2nd- ------0-----1-----2---- ----2/3--------0------- 2/3---2/3--------0-------
3rd- ----------------------- ------------0--------0- ------------0--------0-
m T (m) (m) M T M t i m t I T M t i m t
T T [/tab]

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