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Will's hand 

Posted 12/30/2006 1:25:00 PM

Will was a special person.

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2 comments on “Will's hand”

BrittDLD1 Says:
Sunday, September 16, 2007 @8:40:01 PM

Hi Chip-

I remember that hand well... from the first time I saw Will, at the Tennesee Banjo Institute. I stared intently at it -- trying to figure out what -the-heck he was doing -- to get that rolling, flowing, music.

But you need to show a picture of Will's "crossover". The technique he'd use to pick on an inside string with his index, and then reach down past it, with his THUMB -- to pick a note the 1st string.

Still can't figure-out how he did that!

Ed Britt

chip arnold Says:
Sunday, September 16, 2007 @10:39:57 PM

Ed, Will did it just like you said he did! I've just posted a picture showing a closeup of the crossover. It was this lick that led to my meeting Will. We had the good fortune to jam with Brad Leftwhich and when he saw me doing this he commented that I must know Will Keys. I'd never heard of him and I'd never seen anyone else cross their thumb and finger like that. So we hunted him down on the internet and got to know him first by email. Will's son Bill was the typist and helped his dad to communicate via computer. Later our friend Bob Buckingham arranged our first metting. Will was a prince of a man.  

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