I tried Scruggs and failed and I tried Clawhammer and failed. I wanted to enjoy playing the banjo because I am fascinated with the many sounds and adjustments and the fact anyone could make one if they decided to. For some it may take a few tries but it is doable.
This led me to make my own way that felt natural to me. I have nicknamed Fumble-hammer because I fumble around until I find a note I like the sound of.
Here is a couple of tunes I have made up. The first one is Gellibrand River which I played live on radio once with my wife on vocals but this video is me playing to my garden.
The 2nd one is a work in progress playing for my chickens
Edited by - 5strings3picks1banjo on 02/08/2020 16:10:39
One reason I posted this is to encourage others to have fun. I meet many learners frustrated with clawhammer and Scruggs, I tell them find a way to relax and enjoy their banjo in between the transition of learning a certain style. The frustration can lead people to give up which is a real shame.
Gellibrand River sounds really good! You done a nice job on it! I really like the tune! The other tune is nice too! I like that double C tuning! You have nothing to be ashamed of with your style of picking! Sounds good!
I guess we can't all be good at everything but we can have fun trying. For the one request of right hand fumble close up, I tried to slow it down but I really have no idea myself what digit is going where. I have the idea in my head and the hands do the rest
Leon, what a beautiful style you have! One of the things I love about the banjo (and why I decided to start playing it a couple years ago) is that there is still so much more to be done with it. More playing styles to be invented, more tunings, more types of music for the banjo to get involved in. It's story has not yet been written. I think playing by ear and figuring out how to get what you hear in your head to come out of the instrument, in whatever way works best for you, is absolutely the best way to start an instrument (any instrument). That's what we do with our voices, when we start talking and singing. No rules. Just figure out something that works for you. If you want to learn styles you can learn those later. I love your unique style and hope to hear more of it, and probably copy some of your ideas. :-)