Posted by DantheBanjoMan on Sunday, August 1, 2010
When other banjo players ask me about what style or I play I am never sure how to answer, and even claiming to have a personal style seems a little self aggrandizing, but since the question comes up I've written this blog and posted some mp3s of my playing. I’ve also included a detailed explanation of my picking style because I get the occasional question about that.
Like most modern banjo players, at least some of my playing style can be traced back to Earl Scruggs, but I’d hardly call myself a Scruggs style or bluegrass player. I play a mix of Celtic, folk, country, and cowboy songs, but folk is my favorite. I am in a folk band, and unlike bluegrass bands where the members often take turns in the spotlight, we try to engage all five members most of the time to create a nice, full sound.
Sunday, August 1, 2010 @10:03:15 PM
I'd just describe it as the 3 finger style if it was me.
Sunday, August 1, 2010 @10:10:46 PM
That's a pretty good name for it. A lot purists get upset if I call it Scruggs style, but the same people also get uspet if I don't give Earl credit. My explanation is a bit long and not for everybody, but I do get the occasional person who wants to learn my modified forward roll and since it isn't in any book I thought I'd post it here.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @5:39:20 AM
I had the pleasure of a picking afternoon/evening with Dan and loved his style of play. Although I'm a solid fan of bluegrass I also love other types of 'styles' and feel everyone has something to contribute to the evolution of music. Yes we need the purists of any genre to keep the spirit alive so to speak, but without different folks playing different strokes (hey I'm a poet...who knew?) calling it whatever they chose the world would be more than a tad boring..as would the people in it.
I have just spent a fabulous Bluegrass weekend and the mix of old, new and the interpretations lifted my heart no end.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @7:29:01 AM
I too have spent time listening to Dan and playing along with him. I like emphasis on on certain notes within the role. There can also be an absence of a note that puts rhythm within the role. I find myself naturally doing the same thing when I play.....
Bluegrass is okay,... but I more like the folk style of playing the songs and incorporating strummed chords.
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