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Playing in Double C and Sawmill

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Greetings Banjo Community,
Due to a lot of instrumental 3 finger style improvisation (solo) in G with lots of closed chords, I developed a bad case of RS that severely limited my fretting ability. After an extended foray with a lap steel, I got back to up-picking Seeger style (which I’d abandoned decades ago) along with the exploration of Double C and Mt. Minor tuning. I’ve really come to love the open tones they produce, especially the Dbl-C bass (I’ve taken the resonator off and put on a fiberskin head). I’ve found that I’m able to play my preferred Clinch Mt. Backstep-like improvisation with a combination of single notes and brushes in the folk style along with intermittent 3 finger style splashed in for color or breaks. My question is, does this sound like a normal experience in these tunings, or am I missing something by not playing more out of chord positions. They just don't sound as smooth as G position chords. I thought I once read a blog here about not being overly concerned with chords and scales in clawhammer style (fans of these tunings). So far, I’m able to fret one or two notes at a time (and to a lesser degree, I’m trying more partial chords in G).
Appreciate any input from folks more familiar with the tunings.

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Playing Since: 1982
Experience Level: Purty Good


Occupation: Training Officer

Gender: Male
My Instruments:
-1982 Washburn B14 converted to an openback
-2009 Morgan Monroe Cascade
-1997 Maxtone Ovation Style acoustic (lap slide set up)

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A little bit of everything (sans metal, rap and hip hop). Really digging Bluehighway and Dan Timinsky these days in the Bluegrass arena; but find myself wanting to seek out more clawhammer sounds.

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Pleasures and Passions: Pickn'Fishin Been involved in education and training for most of my professional life. Taught overseas for 5 years and have been working in the training analysis and development area since 2001 for several federal agencies (U.S). Life mostly revolves around my young boys. Picking and fly fishing the Susky River and feeder creeks in my backyard is my sanity saver.

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