Whilst walking my dog the other day it occurred to me that Ska might translate to clawhammer quite nicely. Does anyone play any arrangements of ska tunes? Or is this something that only works in my thoughts?
The pulse of Ska music stresses the up-beat (the 'dit' in 'bum ditty') while clawhammer stresses the downbeat (the bum). Any style will allow you to pick the melody though. But for the backup or the rhythm, clawhammer isn't perfect for Ska, unless you eliminaty the 'ty'. You will have a steady stream of bum DIT, bum DIT, bum DIT...which is very awkward to me. I am not an expert though, this is my opinion.
Edited by - Mooooo on 04/20/2019 10:25:08
Yeah, I think, having listened to the two genres one after the other, your spot on. At any rate too difficult for my current competency. Thanks
Here's link to a sample pf Ska.
Try clawing along, let us know how it worked.
Jamaica has its own banjo tradition with mento bands, great stuff... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p4crs7bij4
Both of those links are excellent, thank you both. The Ska tracks just make you wanna move your feet, I will give it a go playing along, once I've finished dancing. Never heard of Mento before but will be hearing a lot more now. It shares that undefinable something that also draws me to other trad/folk music. Thanks
Had a go playing along with some ska tunes. Just trying the rhythm. It kinda works on some slower numbers and even then it felt a bit crammed. On the whole I found Mooo was right, to fit the beat properly I was dropping the last strike, so Bum - dit -bum-dit. Probably going to abandon the idea for the time being but thanks.
Maybe 2 or 3 finger old style would work. Check out Clifton Hick's videos. He has several instructional ones I've liked.
I could kinda play along with Mike's 1st song on the "record" using 3 finger (well, at least my version of 3 finger). I made use of pulloffs. Frailing sorta worked too, but was harder for me. The off beat is emphasized, as stated by others. It's fun to try anyway, give it a go. I use Audacity to slow down songs (and change key as needed).
Hope this helps.
I found the first tune easiest to clawhammer along to. I then tried playing along with Prince Busters Al Capone, didn't really work so well. I will probably try 2finger as that is what I have most experience in, it was only in my mind, whilst walking the dog, clawhammer seemed an idea.
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