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Where to Next

A Few Suggestions

Now that you've been through the ringer with Fireball Mail, here's a few things you may want to check out next.

  • Fireball Mail - Up the Neck


    Up the Neck

    This is a more simplistic version of Fireball Up the Neck. The right hand pattern here is very similar to the one used in the Blueg...

  • Fireball Mail - Melodic Style


    Melodic Style

    This arrangement of Fireball Mail starts low, moves high, and then ends low. Make sure you practice the transitions slowly to get th...

  • Fireball Mail - Backup



    This is a classic representation of how to play Scruggs backup. Switch out the licks in the song to hear some cool variations of Fir...


It's always great to learn an UP THE NECK break that can compliment a standard break. It gives you a totally different sound when playing multiple breaks on the same song. Up the neck playing is an integral part of the Scruggs sound. For something different, check out the MELODIC arrangement. That's another way to get an interesting sound. Melodic banjo usually has a very pretty sound. Cascading notes flow, one to the other, like a waterfall. Last, but definitely not least, check out the BACKUP arrangement. Playing lead is fun. We need to know how to do it. However, when playing in a jam, 90 % of your playing will be backup. We need to be very comfortable playing backup.

Hopefully, that will give you plenty material to work on until you find another tune that interests you. Have fun, and keep picking :)