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Shortenin' Bread

Posted by bradbahler


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Size: 2,397kb, uploaded 3/30/2017 5:53:46 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two-Finger Picking; Several varitations , including some tune variants, one of which I learned from Jack Childress, my Old-Time banjo mentor many years ago, and another which I learned as a child. The first four verse/choruses are Index finger lead, followed by a version (based on Jack's playing) which uses a downward brush on beats two and four, simulating the clawhammer version which Jack played. The remaining three verse/choruses, starting with the up-the-neck part, use a thumb lead. At times these may sound a bit like three-finger bluegrass picking, but they are in fact two-finger, with a "stuttering" effect achieved by alternating lead fingers every three notes. The pattern remains the same (TITI) but a melody note is played every third note

2 comments on “Shortenin' Bread”

bd Says:
Monday, April 3, 2017 @10:44:07 AM

Man! I like that a lot. Reminded me of Snuffy Jenkins towards the end

bradbahler Says:
Monday, April 3, 2017 @6:56:21 PM

Thanks bd! Interesting comment about Snuffy Jenkins- I was playing this song today for my granddaughter, and it occurred to me that parts of it were reminiscent of Snuffy's version! I had not really thought about that when I worked up my version, but maybe I had subconsciously absorbed some of his version (which I believe was in the key of C, and a key change to F). Glad you liked my version!

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