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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Right hand position?

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pick1936 - Posted - 08/08/2018:  23:21:32

I have been off the H.O. for 4 years, My wife passed away back then for some reason I didn't fell like playing banjo, just guitar. I have 7 Guitars. I'm just getting back on the banjo again. I have. Been watching many banjo videos and am noticing something odd, most pickers usually today pick, right on top of the bridge, Or very near it. They are limiting their tone. I started watching the good older pickers,, Earl Scruggs,, Don. Reno,, Boby Thompson,, Raymond fairchild,, Jimmy Cox, and many others. They never limited Their tone by bridge picking, They were constantly moving their right hand back, and forth from bridge to finger board while picking, therefore altering their tone. I wish pickers today would get back to that, They sounded great, especially Earl, and Don.

Texasbanjo - Posted - 08/09/2018:  04:43:29

When playing down the neck, I usually play close to the bridge. When I go up the neck, my hand/fingers move up the head and away from the bridge. When playing backup, I use the same technique.

It may depend on the person, the sound he or she wants, and the banjo they are picking as to what sound they want to get as to where they hold their fingers on the head.

Fathand - Posted - 08/09/2018:  12:25:25

A lot of singers are now requesting hard driving backup banjo may be a reason you see more Bridge picking but a good player should be able to do both.

pick1936 - Posted - 08/20/2018:  14:35:24

I watched Reno show, Rob Mc Coury played J.D,s Black Jack. He played it just right, BUT He chocked most of the tone from it by picking on top of the bridge. Then mike Scott plaed 3 tunes and sounded great.

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