This tune can be played super fast at jams or in a band. Monroe played it at 150! Often there is a signature mandolin lick that precedes the tune. Listen to Monroe play that to get a feel for the timing. It usually starts on the & beat of four, and goes for two measures. Your big cue will be when the mandolin hits chop chords after a flurry of single notes which usually fall on 3 & 4. It's much more likely to be kicked off with the standard "potatoes" at a jam though.Learn
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Choose from 2 different versions of Roanoke for bluegrass bass. The solo arrangement of this song will teach you a melody. Learn Roanoke backup bass tab if you want to focus on how to play with a band and don’t forget to change licks to discover more ideas for improvisation.
Tunefox’s practice tools help you with improving your speed and encourage you to learn with your ears so you never get lost in a jam session. Select the "Memory-Train" feature to hide some notes over each loop. Click on measures to isolate them and loop for practice. "Speed-Up" tool will gradually increase the bmp value so you can start slow and gather speed over time to build your technique.
Tunefox's backing tracks are a great way to practice Roanoke with a real-sounding band. Use the Settings menu to change the volume of the bass, band or metronome to your liking.
Each bass arrangement of Roanoke features switchable licks. These small variations are designed to teach you different ways to play this song. To open the lick switcher, click on "Original Measure" that is displayed above specific measures and choose a different lick. Use the "Shuffle Licks" button to randomly switch all of the licks in the song to get a completely new arrangement of the song.
Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.