Posted by Kevin G on Saturday, October 2, 2010
I've posted my first original clawhammer tune in my music area: Michigan Sunset. It's a slow, contemplative song, mostly because I can't play very fast yet in the CH style. But I started just playing one day, found a little melody, and couldn't shake it. That's how it seems to work with me when I get started on a song. It haunts me on my way to work, when I'm walking the dog, making breakfast. I keep trying to figure out what comes next, and I can't shake it until I feel like it's done. So here it is for your listening, uh, pleasure, I hope.
Take care, friends, and if you're in Michigan at this time of the year, enjoy the sunset.
Saturday, October 2, 2010 @8:32:05 PM
I'm from Michigan. Grand Rapids, to be exact...and you have created a wonderful song!! Thanks for sharing it with us!
P.S. Any words of encouragement for a "novice" clawhammer player such as me? :)
Kevin G Says:
Sunday, October 3, 2010 @8:15:32 AM
Tom: Thank you for listening to it. I'm a newbie to CH myself, so I'm not sure how much advice I can give. For me, it's still all about working out the right-hand stroke and hitting the notes properly. I had the good fortune of a small group clawhammer class at the Midwest Banjo Camp this summer. That was hugely helpful for getting me started with claw. It's at Olivet College in early June each year, so that shouldn't be too far from you. Other than that: Just keep going. Progress will come either slowly or quickly. But who cares, as long as you're having fun?
Monday, October 4, 2010 @1:40:54 AM
That's lovely, Kevin.
Monday, October 4, 2010 @5:34:58 AM
Thanks for that tip about the camp. Kevin. You're right, Olivet College isn't too far from me! I'll have to check into that!
Best to you!
Kevin G Says:
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 @1:38:32 PM
Thanks Maria. It's a start.
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