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Jul 12, 2019 - 10:49:58 AM
473 posts since 8/14/2015

Play CB- 5 with fingers or picks? What kinda music?

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:21:25 AM

1864 posts since 12/31/2005

Fingers. Limited only by your imagination. Not really a bluegrass machine. Fun to clawhammer. Fills a nice void in slower music and good for vocal accompaniment. maryzcox has some videos, and there are some with Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn that will give you an idea of what they can do. I have one. It's a lot of fun to play.

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:02:41 PM

473 posts since 8/14/2015

I’ve been using a flatpick on my CB-4, but today I tried playing with my bare fingers and found that I really like the sound. And, also, it just feels better. I may continue it.

I’ve been working on the Bach Cello Suite #1. It’s a grind for me, mostly because of my “old man” memory, but I’m improving. I also play folk and Gospel music by ear.

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:13:23 PM

93 posts since 4/10/2018

Look at Janet Burton's wonderful playing.

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:26:02 PM
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163 posts since 8/31/2006

Brushing often sounds muddy on my ceb-5 so I modify my frailing to eliminate brushes.

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:47:16 PM

473 posts since 8/14/2015

I quit clawhammer (weak nails), but I play a little Two Finger. It’s okay, but I liked CH better.

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:49:32 PM

6304 posts since 8/30/2004

Hi Dick,
I have the same problems. Just put on, and get used to wearing a fingerpick backwards. It works great and a lot of the pros use them....Jack

Edited by - Jack Baker on 07/12/2019 12:50:24

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:59:40 PM

473 posts since 8/14/2015

Yeah, Jack, I’ve done the same, but none of the fingerpicks that I’ve tried felt as good as my nails did. Two finger, Index lead is pretty good, and now I’m trying to figger out thumb lead better. I don’t like it as well.

Really, I use a mixture of both. I think it should just be called Two Finger.

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:09:01 PM
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6312 posts since 6/27/2009

You can do anything on cello banjo you can do on regular banjo. It also makes good accompaniment.  The first two MP3s here use the CB for accompaniment with finger picking. You can use picks or not. The third and fourth are clawed. I’ve tried different strings and have settled on minstrel nylgut strings tuned down to four or five steps below a regular banjo. The full octave below didn’t appeal as much.  


Edited by - JanetB on 07/12/2019 17:14:57

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:18:12 PM

6304 posts since 8/30/2004

I understand Dick. It took me a while to get used to it. Two finger doesn't have the same bounce as Clawhammer brushing to me....

Originally posted by Picking Dick

Yeah, Jack, I’ve done the same, but none of the fingerpicks that I’ve tried felt as good as my nails did. Two finger, Index lead is pretty good, and now I’m trying to figger out thumb lead better. I don’t like it as well.

Really, I use a mixture of both. I think it should just be called Two Finger.


Jul 12, 2019 - 7:21:17 PM
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473 posts since 8/14/2015

Janet, I’ve admired your playing for a long time. For one thing, a tree-sloth could easily beat me in a race even on the ground, and you play “easy listenin’” music that I can enjoy listening to and not tunes to hurry up and finish. I also feel that you are really enjoying the piece that you are playing. I mostly try to do that too.

I haven’t listened to the ones that you posted yet, but I will. Thanks for posting them to me.

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:33:44 PM

473 posts since 8/14/2015

Yeah, Jack, today I played my CB-4 with my fingers as an experiment, and I really liked the sound — even better’n with a pick. I have other Aquila strung instruments and I’m gonna work on my naked fingers with them too. I find that the steel strings aren’t loud enough without a pick, but I don’t like all the clicking noises with finger picks.

I have a friend who just could not deal with picks, so he gave up and now whales away bare fingered and sounds great.

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:56:31 PM
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473 posts since 8/14/2015

Well, Janet, I listened to your posts, and they were, as usual, very soothing and enjoyable. I especially liked the babbling brook (Clear Water) one. I also like Celtic music and play it often on whistles and flutes as well as stringed instruments. Thanks again.

Sep 5, 2019 - 3:47:16 PM

4565 posts since 2/24/2004

Edited by - maryzcox on 09/05/2019 15:48:26

Sep 5, 2019 - 5:27:23 PM

473 posts since 8/14/2015

Nice. Thanks, I really enjoyed it. I’ll listen again.

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