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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: How can i improve my RH technique?

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guitarbanjoman - Posted - 02/04/2020:  06:08:23

“How can I improve my RH technique?”

There are a lot of great players that post here, and as a plectrum player I would be particularly interested in the thoughts of some of the great plectrum players like Lance Diakow, Patrick Shaheen and “Omeboy”...?

No offence mean to the great tenor players, though! I hope they will chime in, too!



Possum Fat - Posted - 02/04/2020:  07:53:18


guitarbanjoman - Posted - 02/04/2020:  13:01:29

Thanks. I never thought of that.

majesty - Posted - 02/04/2020:  13:35:11

Technique for what in particular? tremolo? fast single note picking? chord melody? chords?

aintbrokejustbadlybent - Posted - 02/04/2020:  14:50:23


Hey Will,
Buddy Wachter’s homespun video goes into detail of the right hand. Highly recommend. I took a lesson from Tyler Jackson who learned from Buddy and the technique works.

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 02/04/2020:  17:28:50

Thanks, Mike. I’ll check that Buddy Wachter video out.... any body have a copy for sale?

Jim, what I am actually interested in is syncopated strokes....

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 02/04/2020:  18:31:24

Oopsie, cancel that request to purchase a copy of Buddy’s Homespun lesson, I see that Homespun has an instant download available for twenty bucks...

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 02/05/2020:  06:17:40

To be more precise, what I would REALLY like to learn is all the wonderful strumming that John McKinley does ...

aintbrokejustbadlybent - Posted - 02/05/2020:  07:03:19

One of the adjustments I’ve had to make in my RH is concentrating on keeping my index finger bent and resting the pick on the joint (finger) and the thumb joint holding the pick in place. I’m using a large 1mm triangle pick. Seems to have helped me. Of course YMMV.
Liked the above vid.

trussrod - Posted - 02/05/2020:  11:09:52

In this day and age, I would say go to You Tube and search for a 4-stringer you wish to emulate and listen to everything they have put up. You are likely to hear repetitions of technique in every song. Pick a combination of notes you like and listen to it 10 or 20 times until you can replay it in your memory. Pick up your banjo and work to emulate what you hear. Most of the great old timers like Buddy Wachter learned from listening to phonograph records. My favorites are Eddie Peabody (old) and Dave Marty (current).

Try this for starters: Pick UP on the FIRST string, DOWN on the THIRD, SECOND, and FIRST again back up to THIRD, repeat (hitting each string individually). I repeat UP DOWN DOWN DOWN UP DOWN DOWN DOWN UP etc. The trick here is that despite what the pick is doing, the time interval must be the same between each note. Note that the pick hits the FIRST string twice. Practice slowly, the timing is tricky, partly because the pick changes direction at the bottom if the stroke.

If you are serious, travel to the All Frets convention in Cincinnati in July 28 – Aug 1, 2020. You will be surrounded by a hundred of the best 4-string players in the country.

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 02/05/2020:  13:41:22

Thanks for the suggestions everyone!


Banjo Den - Posted - 02/07/2020:  20:02:46

I too came to the conclusion that I need extensive RH work. I've watched guys like Tyler Jackson, Steve Caddick, Eddy Davis, Lance Dieckow and so many others who have wrists that appear to be "spring loaded" and I've tried desparately , but unsuccessfully, to imitate them but I've never been able to to do so. It seems that executing a triplet, double trplet, or even maintaining a steady tremolo is a real challenge for me. Ofcourse, staying in rhythm while trying to engage some " RH fireworks " is another matter all together. Then there's the age factor that naturally compounds everything. I guess it comes down to intensive practicing, which will continue to do even with my limitations. Damn, it was so much easier to master things like this when I was 18 years old.

We all know that the musicians aforementioned have a component called NATURAL TALENT that many of us lack - and that's why they're celebrities and we're not. Oh well, life goes on !

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