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Rock And Roll Music and Clawhammer

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I don't use to use the blog, but I have decided to try to make more blogs, and less posting in the Games forum. I use to get some new ideas on banjo now and then, and I will try to write down them.

Last week I saw a movie about The Beatles' time in Germany jsut before they became famous (I have seen it before, but it was still worth to look and listen to). The tune Rock And Roll Music (by Chuck Berry) was heard several times and it really got caught in my head. I heard in my head that it may be played in clawhammer style. Yesterday I started to work on it, and it worked out fine so far. I have made a first tab draft, but I see possible improvements everytime I play it. One problem I have is if it shall sound as a banjo playing Rock and Roll or as Rock and Roll played as an Old-Timey tune.

Some of the phrases actually reminds a little about the Round Peak version of John Henry.


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Playing Since: 1970
Experience Level: Intermediate

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Gender: Male
Age: 73

My Instruments:
An old unbranded cheap banjo, bought in a pawn shop 1965.
A Samick with the resonator usually taken off
Mountain Banjo made by Chip Arnold
A Swedish made openback made by Bosse Gustafsson
6-string guitar banjo
Two old fiddles, one of them is probably built by a cousin to my grandma.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, Pete Steele, Mike Seeger, Doc Watson, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Sam and Kirk McGee, Uncle Dave Macon, and a lot of other old-time players.

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I started to learn banjo the first time around 1970. However, since I have a lack of musicality the learning has been very slow and I have quit banjo playing several times, but also taken up playing again several times. I am probably an experienced beginner. I have had a love-hate relation to the banjo: I have loved the banjo music when I hear other, but I have hated it when I hear my self playing. I restarted banjo playing in summer 2005 and I think I, at last, have gained some skills. I am just now focused on clawhammer and two-finger picking, but earlier I have been intrested in bluegrass picking also. I am working on an environmental research institute and my speciality is waste management (!). When not working, and not playing the banjo, I like to work in the garden or build on my house. I also do a lot of walks in the forest, I have a dog that requires a lot of walks. My family is my wife Margaretha, my 20 year daughter Charlotta, the dog - an Old English Sheepdog named Daisy- and three cats.

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