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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Playing the banjo with both hands on the fretboard ???


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dan_the_man - Posted - 02/06/2020:  09:01:24


I came across one of Claudio Parravicini's videos on YouTube in which he plays some pieces from his Classical Masterpieces for Banjo instruction book. Up until the 20 second mark he is playing the banjo with both hands on the fretboard. It looks like quite the exotic technique.

youtube.com/watch?v=CL5T0rcCrpQ

Is this playing technique called something other than "fooling around"?

Andre51 - Posted - 02/06/2020:  09:13:15


I’ve seen Bella Fleck do something similar. Think it has to do with the intonation that you get playing on the neck.

Moose_Roberts - Posted - 02/06/2020:  10:02:05


It is referred to as a two-handed arpeggio. It's more common in the guitar world, pretty awesome to see this technique on a banjo.

Good Buddy - Posted - 02/06/2020:  10:19:45


It's called tapping. It's a guitar technique used by Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen and poorly by many more. It seems more gimmicky to me. I don't think it's going to set the banjo world on fire any time soon.

northernbelle - Posted - 02/06/2020:  10:31:11


It's a useful/musical technique when "properly" applied. I've seen electric bassists tap while playing counterpoint and contrary motion with themselves. Those weren't evident in this youtube example but it can be more than simply a performance/ "wow 'em" gimmick, musically. Some banjoist will likely take this to another level eventually.

thisoldman - Posted - 02/06/2020:  11:12:30


I've seen videos of a bass player or two tapping.

jem327 - Posted - 02/06/2020:  11:37:23


quote:

Originally posted by Andre51

I’ve seen Bela Fleck do something similar. Think it has to do with the intonation that you get playing on the neck.






Got to see the Flecktones for the first time in December and Victor was also playing all over the neck on the bass. Blew my mind!

dan_the_man - Posted - 02/06/2020:  16:57:08


Just watched this Van Halen solo and wow, just wow. 2 handed arpeggios/tapping:

youtu.be/A2I0a7EwWa8

I get that this may not be a practical technique in bluegrass or other genres but is any banjo instructor have a booklet that teaches this style?

talljoey - Posted - 02/06/2020:  23:23:07


The first time I ever saw a musician playing on the neck was Maneli Jamal. He is an extremely talented guitar player, and that influenced me to try that method both on my banjo and guitar. It sounds peaceful to me, and I hope that Bela Fleck plays on his banjo neck at Wintergrass.

Dragonslayer - Posted - 02/24/2020:  20:34:34


I call it showing off.... but tapping works too

mmuussiiccaall - Posted - 02/24/2020:  22:11:20


quote:

Originally posted by dan_the_man



I get that this may not be a practical technique in bluegrass or other genres but is any banjo instructor have a booklet that teaches this style?






Here's the formulas for playing the triads in this style, can anyone decipher them?



M = x + 4 + 3        5 - x + 4       3 - 5 - x



m = x + 3 + 4        5 - x + 3       4 - 5 - x

dan_the_man - Posted - 02/25/2020:  05:37:58


quote:

Originally posted by Dragonslayer

I call it showing off.... but tapping works too






That's pretty much what my instructor said. He said tapping isn't a very practical way to play the banjo since you're pretty much losing the sound boost gained by playing over the drum head and resonator, and you won't find anyone tapping who's in a bluegrass band because of those reasons. Solo classical music maybe but that's about it. 

Lew H - Posted - 02/25/2020:  08:40:23


Ned Luberecki posted a video on facebook of him doing Arkansas Traveler all in tapping mode. It is remarkable.

dan_the_man - Posted - 02/25/2020:  15:41:32


quote:

Originally posted by Lew H

Ned Luberecki posted a video on facebook of him doing Arkansas Traveler all in tapping mode. It is remarkable.






m.facebook.com/watch/?v=179728...&_rdr



pretty neat maybe I’ll learn to do that someday 

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