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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Too much wrist and other amazing questions you've never heard before....

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watercarving - Posted - 06/14/2020:  17:53:52

I've played music for decades but am new to CH. I worry I'm using too much wrist, but I'm not sure. I've watched several respected players/teachers and none of them seem to have the same stroke (which is expected).

What is your favorite video for learning a proper right arm/wrist usage?

Also, I've noticed right hand finger position is very different for people too. In this video ( Dan's hand seem to be more open than some others I've seen. That makes sense to me but it's also different than some others I've seen.

Does the credit card give a good finger spacing or is that too open/closed?

Bill Rogers - Posted - 06/14/2020:  20:30:47

I think you shouldn’t get so bogged down in trying for perfect form. As you work on getting your clawhammer stroke correct rhythmically, you’ll find out where your hand is comfortable and what works for you. If clawhammer has a mantra, it is “whatever works.” Get ideas from watching videos,both instrjutional ones and of live playing, but don’t try to play exactly like someone else.

AndyW - Posted - 06/15/2020:  00:53:46

Just work out your own way. For example Tommy Jarrell had a closed right had, Fred Cockerhams was very open. Ken Perlman uses the arm as much as possible, Dan Levenson is mostly wrist.

Things will be different depending on your arm length. Things will be different if you are pot in lap or pot on the right thigh. Slight differences if you use index or middle. 

But stay loose and relaxed whatever you do.

Edited by - AndyW on 06/15/2020 00:56:00

carlb - Posted - 06/15/2020:  06:23:45

While I was doing a TOTW (Sally Will You Marry Me), I was emailing Janetb about a few matters. One of my comments was about hand movement. I don't know if this will help you but please check out some of Janet's videos,

the one I mentioned in my email and some of the videos I recently uploaded to Facebook

"Looking at your video and Phoebe Parsons

(check at about 5 minutes), we all move our right hands in a similar manner, though the sounds of our playing are quite different.

RG - Posted - 06/15/2020:  10:43:02

That Phoebe Parsons video was great Carl, had not seen that before, thanks for posting!

AndyW - Posted - 06/16/2020:  00:44:33

Here's a couple of videos.

A couple of others easily findable by googling are Donald Zepps clearhead videos and Tom Collins 'Banjo Blitz' series.

Edited by - AndyW on 06/16/2020 00:47:21

Clawdan - Posted - 06/16/2020:  17:02:46

Try these that I put up.;id=13

Dan Clawdan Levenson

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