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To avoid the monotony that would ensue from the con-
tinuous use of Strumming, the Roll Strokes should be practiced.
The Down Stroke is made by striking the strings with
the nails of the fingers (the fingers hanging loosely just separated)
by means of a sweep across the strings in the order of little
finger to first, and followed by the cushion of the thumb.
The Up Stroke is made by reversing the action, only that
the strings are now swept upwards by the nail of the thumb
followed by the cushions of the fingers.
These two strokes are especially useful in songs of a strong
rhythmic character and the arrangement of the Minstrel Boy
accompaniment makes a good example of when to use the
Roll Strokes.
Before however playing this, practice an additional chord
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