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What it says on the tin. A group for those who are or have used Dan Levenson's "Clawhammer From Scratch" book.

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Moving On

From AndyW on 1/7/2019 11:49:35 PM

I've kinda moved on from Clawhammer from Scratch now, and thought I'd give a little dit about the benefits I feel.

As I work out new tunes (often using Dan's Old Time Festival Tunes as a reference), I find it easy and natural to be throwing in drop thumbs amongst other embelishments. These often give lovely little 'licks' which would be difficult to do otherwise.

I contrast this with a recent workshop I attended (taught by Dan).  At that workshop not a single other attendee could perform drop thumb, and a number were eager to learn how. I think that shows the benefit of learning via the double thumb/drop thumb route.

2 Comments

Deleteme says:
1/8/2019 12:29:12 AM

@AndyW,

I agree! I too have moved on but continue to benefit from my time spent learning with CHBFS. It is good to revisit on occasion as well.

WayneConrad says:
2/3/2019 7:14:31 AM

I didn't learn drop-thumb as a vital part of my picking from the beginning, and as a result it's just an afterthought I throw in when I need it for a melody note or something. Not so good. It's really cool that you've learned drop-thumb from the beginning and it's an integral part of your playing, because clawhammer sounds much better with it.


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