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Apr 20, 2019 - 8:51:03 AM
85 posts since 3/9/2017

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?

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:23:42 AM

Mooooo

USA

6690 posts since 8/20/2016

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

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:32:52 AM

JSB88

UK

85 posts since 3/9/2017

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

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:47:42 AM

51317 posts since 12/14/2005
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Here's  link to a sample pf Ska.

Try clawing along, let us know how it worked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O40E8bpmONQ

Apr 20, 2019 - 9:08:16 PM
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RG

USA

2873 posts since 8/7/2008

Jamaica has its own banjo tradition with mento bands, great stuff... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p4crs7bij4

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:59:19 AM
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JSB88

UK

85 posts since 3/9/2017

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

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:45:56 AM

JSB88

UK

85 posts since 3/9/2017

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.

Apr 22, 2019 - 8:56:16 AM

632 posts since 8/7/2017

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.

Apr 22, 2019 - 11:37:16 AM

JSB88

UK

85 posts since 3/9/2017

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.

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:32:07 PM
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mattn

USA

153 posts since 10/3/2006

More reggae than ska, but it can be done... youtube.com/watch?v=xwsG7tWunzY

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