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Clawhammer and C#

Posted by meritcooper on Monday, June 9, 2008

So I may be a little crazy. There is nothing like switching from bluegrass to clawhammer and taking up programming in one month. I work a full time job and am always short on time. I must be a sucker for punishment or an overachiever. haha The older I get, the more I realize that there is not enough time in the day to do everything I want to do. I love hobbies and learning new things. So, I have been trying to divide up my little bit of free time into learning clawhammer and now ASP.NET and C#.  I had 2 classes in programming in college (way back when) so I have had a little bit of exposure to it already but not for any real world situations. I work in sales for .NET and Java components so learning this will only make me better at my job.

My clawhammer is coming along nicely, I guess. I really like just fooling around with the basic bum ditty and using hammer ons and such to get unique sounds instead of just playing basic chords. I am already finding that it is easier to play around with melodies and make songs that sound like actual songs even if I didn't know exactly all the notes. That probably didn't make any sense. It seems much easier to learn a song with clawhammer style than bluegrass. I felt so tied to tab that I am amazed that I am able to watch videos with no tab and play songs so quickly.

4 comments on “Clawhammer and C#”

frailin Says:
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 @6:07:33 AM

Ha!  Let the force be with you!  That's one of the beauties of clawhammer (should I say, one of MANY).  It can become autopilot.  Just start playing along and see what comes out. 

It also is wonderful accompaniment to singing.


meritcooper Says:
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 @9:37:43 AM

You are so right about the autopilot thing.

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 @5:26:59 PM

Did you mean C++?  In music, one man's C# is another man's Db.  The key of Db is basically a torment and an offensive perpetrated on string players by benighted singers or keyboardists who have no idea just how unreasonably and offensive it is to deprive a string player of the ability to use any open strings.  Kind of like zoo animals are blissfully unaware or unconcerned about how offensive their stench is to us.  Thankfully on fretted instruments, one could capo at the first fret and finger in the key of C.  Tough bananas for the players of unfretted instruments, like the fiddle, the bass fiddle, or fretless banjos.

meritcooper Says:
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 @6:52:33 AM

haha that was funny.

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