I just received a book called “Two-Finger Banjo” by Dick Sheridan. It covers 2 finger thumb lead, index lead and clawhammer. I’m finding it easy to follow and full of good info. It’s tunes are many of the ones I like to play. I’m very satisfied with it, and it was pretty cheap too.
I give it a try
Thanks, me too!
I've been having a lot of fun the last two months learning/exploring 2&3 finger playing. It works so great for folk songs, especially the slower ballads – Shenandoah, Dirty Old Town, 4 Strong Winds, The Water is Wide, Aragon Mill, that sort of thing. Bit of a trick shifting between Thumb lead on the lower strings and finger(s) on the upper (high) strings. To me, each song sounds better with its own approach, one method doesn't fit all. banjered
Is it just me or does it seem easier to sing along with two finger rather than clawhammer? The melody seems to stand out more to my ears.
My teacher has suggested that I learn 2FTL and 3-finger for singing, so you are probably correct.
Well CH still sounds great/best for faster, louder, rowdier songs, and yes for some slow ones too. It is nice to be able to draw upon 2-3 or CH and decide which you prefer. In other words, go for it all! banjered
I'm pretty new to the banjo but I've very recently decided not to worry about what I'm playing and just go with the flow and enjoy.
I am finding I switch between Clawhammer, 2 and 3 finger playing readily (and even using my ring finger sometimes). I don't know if this is from my long years of fingerstyle guitar or whatever, but I'm really not getting hung up on what I'm "supposed" to be playing and it's damn good fun.
Since I relaxed about all of this, I feel I have found a truer voice for myself. To my ears I sound better and just tonight my wife commented on the improvement in my playing
Edited by - wooster on 09/16/2019 15:23:07
That guitar ring-finger-lead transfers over pretty well to banjo! banjered
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