I don't like to have to switch banjos when I switch from three-finger picking to clawhammer. The banjo should do also for clawhammer… Lately I've been playing more clawhammer on my Recording King RK-35, and I like it a lot. Here's a short demo video.
Typical "bluegrass" setup: new generation USA-made Remo top-frosted head, light gauge strings (D'Addario J60+), Desert Rose Vintage Elite Z-Bridge 5/8", low action. RK-Presto tailpiece.
Tuning: gCGCD. Tunes: "Dixie Darling" and "Way Down the Old Plank Road" (the latter tune with some three-finger picking).
Edited by - Emiel on 07/11/2019 13:22:17
That sounds great. I also don't switch banjos to frail. I don't even take off my finger and thumb picks, but I have ClawJam picks that are made for Scruggs-hammer picking.
Sounds great Emiel! I've been playing CH on resonator banjos since I started playing 45 years ago, no reason not to!
Clawhammering my RK-35, I got the idea to show how nice (to my ears) a normal Mastertone-type banjo can be for clawhammer. A modern one too that is very popular in bluegrass circles, the RK-35. Also with a normal, "bluegrass-like" setup.
In recent years, people seem to make a big separation between so-called "bluegrass banjos" and a "clawhammer instrument", as if these banjos are two totally different musical instruments that have little to do with each other. Also ignoring the fact that not all old-time banjo music is clawhammer.
Of course, people who prefer a 12" or even bigger thin rimmed openback banjo with a not so tight skin head, nylgut strings, high action and a thick bridge, may not like the Mastertone. It is very good to have different tastes in music. Me myself, I prefer more the old-time players of the 1960s and 1970s with Tubaphone and Whyte-Laydie banjos, for instance. Think of Art Rosenbaum with his heavy and bright sounding Wildwood…
Edited by - Emiel on 07/12/2019 03:45:13
I really enjoyed your music.
I only play clawhammer and have only ever had openbacks, but you've got me thinking about adding a resonator to the stable.
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