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Why walk when you can run first?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I figured the best way to learn a technique reputed for difficulty was to have a song that (1) I really wanted to learn and (2) uses said technique. So I converted the medieval Swedish tune "Herr Mannelig" to clawhammer, as an exercise in drop thumb. It's in Em, so it's in the usual G tuning. I've got the tune pretty well down, though there's some timing trickiness in the very last measure to cope with still. Add Comment

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Playing Since: 2008
Experience Level: Novice

Occupation: Professional Computer Geek (unix sysadmin)

Gender: Male
Age: 50

My Instruments:
A Deering Goodtime, Gold Tone CB-100, Pisgah 11' Dobson

Way too many tinwhistles, Irish flute, mandolin.

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There's no way I can list that. I listen to all sorts of stuff, from highly obnoxious electronica to Arabic classical, from LA punk to Irish trad.

That said, my current banjoistic influences are: Cathy Moore, Mike Iverson (ah, the internet), Ken Perlman.

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Created 11/9/2008
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Started out with Irish stuff (flute) which was a gateway to the mandolin. From that I decided I needed a tenor banjo. Finally, the five-string could no longer be avoided. The rest of my non-work time is spent with dead languages, mostly ancient Greek.

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