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Half Past Four

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Size: 1,255kb, uploaded 2/7/2013 10:47:07 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is the audio portion of a recently uploaded video. The tune is Half Past Four, and my version is inspired mostly by the Clare Milliner/Walt Koken version available on YouTube, and also by the various excellent posts on the TOTW article featuring this tune. ====== I use a couple techniques (ok, "gimmicks") here. There's the 'cluck' of course sometimes in the first (high) part. But also in the low part there is a resonant chord when playing that A -> C# -> D -> C# line. It's not a strum but instead I'm hitting *alternate* strings - in this case the 3rd (where the notes are played) and 1st strings while skipping the 4th and 2nd. I do this by separating my fingers slightly and downpicking with my middle and index fingers simultaneously. I find this can be overdone easily, but in some tunes - like this one - it works nicely as a regular part of the tune. ==== Less esoteric, I'll sometimes bounce between a melody on the first string and the open 3rd string (A). Makes for a nice low 'boing' effect. ==== A third trick/gimmick is used in the first part when sliding the 2nd string to the 3rd fret (C#, slide to E). That is pretty commonly used, but what I do different here is to slide after hitting the second string with my *thumb*. Sometimes I'll do a couple double-thumbs in a row, hitting the open first string with index or middle finger, then sliding the thumbed second string (fretted at the second fret/D#) up to the same note. This makes for a messy yet rhythmic dissonance I like a lot :-) ====

1 comment on “Half Past Four”

guywolff Says:
Sunday, December 29, 2013 @11:24:21 PM

Some great things going on here .. I do love your layers and colors in everything you do ..

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