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Lew H - Posted - 05/20/2020:  20:51:31


Within old time banjo, you've likely heard of 3 finger picking and 2 finger picking, but here is an example of ONE finger picking for your edification. I juxtapose one finger with clawhammer in the video.

The tune in the example is Angelina Baker, played in open G tuning, rather than the standard double D. It's actually easier to claw on banjo in open G. I never get above the 2nd fret in clawing the tune. So much for letting fiddlers pick the key!


Broken Ballad - Posted - 05/20/2020:  21:01:31


Pretty neat. I'll definitely try it out and well done!

Chris Meakin - Posted - 05/20/2020:  23:35:42


Nice one Lew!

maneckep - Posted - 05/21/2020:  04:00:14


Awesome. I like the one-handed intro but the clawhammering was really good.

pickn5 - Posted - 05/21/2020:  04:36:24


Nicely done!

Eric A - Posted - 05/21/2020:  05:04:45


Confessing my unpopular opinion:

I prefer open G (and sawmill) for everything if possible. I would never go to C tuning if I didn't love Soldier's Joy so much.

(Best classified as an open back, no picks, "sort of" Seeger basic strum guy, who listens to bluegrass all the time. A weird animal, oh yes I know.)

Lew H - Posted - 05/21/2020:  11:54:37


Hey, y'all! Thanks for the comments!

Eric A , I'm with you. I do a peculiar down stroke bum-ditty. My fretting hand has most of the talent. Before the pandemic hit us, I went to a bluegrass jam every week with my dobro. I would occasionally claw some on the host's bluegrass banjo or bring on of my open backs.

banjo bill-e - Posted - 05/21/2020:  13:25:21


I do a bit of one finger picking out the melody like that when just goofing around. Nice to hear AB in the key of G, sounds good.

ironhead - Posted - 05/21/2020:  16:26:40


That was cool, Lew! Keep posting! Brian M

Lew H - Posted - 05/22/2020:  11:12:51


ironhead Thanks! I'll post more when I get more!

ironhead - Posted - 05/22/2020:  13:54:26


Looking forward to it!!


Edited by - ironhead on 05/22/2020 13:55:18

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