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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Dom Flemons' technique


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hoodoo - Posted - 11/04/2018:  05:39:56


Hi,

I’m no plectrum banjoist, but I’ve been looking for insight on Dom Flemons' technique. He seems to use a thumb pick, but he strums chords with his fingers. He picks single notes by alternating with his thumb and his index finger… Does that seem about right?

Helix - Posted - 11/04/2018:  05:41:33


Take a look at film of Uncle Dave Macon. I suggest that some theatrical license has taken place.

pasdimo - Posted - 11/04/2018:  08:05:33


I'm a tenor player and sometimes I use a thumb pick and two finger picks. That provides a very clear and loud sound, very good for chord tremolos, more difficult for fast single notes. I admit it's difficult and needs a long practising but it's worth trying several technics.
I also use a "bulgarian" pick (used to play bulgarian tamboura). It's a square shaped piece of plastic cut from a cd box. Instead of holding parallel to the strings it's played perpendicular, the corner picking the strings.
I should post a video to show more clearly.

RevSpyder - Posted - 11/04/2018:  08:05:39


quote:

Originally posted by hoodoo

Hi,



I’m no plectrum banjoist, but I’ve been looking for insight on Dom Flemons' technique. He seems to use a thumb pick, but he strums chords with his fingers. He picks single notes by alternating with his thumb and his index finger… Does that seem about right?






Looks kind of like "Seeger" up picking...

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