In this lesson, North Carolina-based guitar player Alan Barnosky teaches his plan of “Home Sweet House,” influenced by banjo legend Earl Scruggs’ traditional recording of the tune.

At its core, the Scruggs design includes a range of fingerpicking patterns (or rolls, in banjo terminology) that are integrated to produce a continuous string of 16th notes while highlighting essential melody notes. There are a handful of rolls Scruggs utilized, and one of them, called the backward roll, is featured plainly in “Home Sweet House.” Many banjo arrangements don’t transfer that well to guitar because of the banjo’s tuning and using rolls. Nevertheless, there are some surprising circumstances where we can find out a bit more about the guitar through studying Scruggs’ banjo, and “Home Sugary food House” is a great example.

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