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Uploaded first clawhammer tune

Posted by Kevin G on Saturday, July 24, 2010

Since banjo camp, I've been working a little bit on clawhammer-style playing: You may remember that I won that nice Deering Vega Old-Tyme Wonder banjo a few years ago here on the Hangout and didn't even play Old-Tyme (!) on it. So in the interest of doing justice to the banjo prize gods, I spent more than half of the time at the Midwest Banjo Camp in the novice Clawhammer group. It was a fun group, but I came away realizing that just getting the basic stroke down was going to take some work.

So I've just uploaded the first humble fruits of my labor: Bile dem Cabbage Down, clawhammer style. Terri McMurray, who instructed us at the camp, worked with us on this. Of course, at the camp, I could still barely hit the right melody note strings. Heck, I left the camp feeling happy to have gotten the brush-thumb stroke almost worked out.  Now I feel as if it's coming along, and that, if I keep at it, I'll be able to go back to the MWBC next year much farther along.

I have to say, I'm really enjoying the clawhammer style and the way the music sounds coming off this nice little banjo.

My best to all of you,


1 comment on “Uploaded first clawhammer tune”

TopCat Says:
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @9:40:03 AM

Well done Kevin! I am still far too scared to even think of approaching clawhammer just yet...the massive weight of what I have yet to learn on picking means it will be a couple of years yet.

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