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Why Choose Clawhammer Over Up-Picking (Seeger Basic Strum)?

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Mar 22, 2020 - 7:20:15 AM

Emiel

Austria

9447 posts since 1/22/2003

That's a good video with a lot of up-picking bum-ditty (with a brush) and drop-thumb. He indeed anchors when he does the drop-thumb.

Mar 22, 2020 - 12:22:49 PM
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janolov

Sweden

40410 posts since 3/7/2006

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Originally posted by AndrewD
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Originally posted by janolov
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Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Here’s just one example of a clawhammer tune I don’t think can be played with Seeger-style up-picking with the punch, drive and speed displayed here.  I could be wrong, but I haven’t seen it.  This is why those of who want this sort of attack and speed have gravitated to clawhammer or various finger-picking styles. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-OfA5qSVJLM


Here is an example of up-picking tune I don't think can be played with clawhammer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sCzQUJQ5ww

Or this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkLmFK-X0mI


Like the first one. Sounds like a challenge I've currently got plenty of time to take up. I can't see why it couldn't be played more or less as-is in clawhammer.


I think it is straight index lead, which theoretically can be transferred to clawhammer note by note. But I think it would not sound the same!

Mar 22, 2020 - 7:36:43 PM

doryman

USA

811 posts since 11/26/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Here’s just one example of a clawhammer tune I don’t think can be played with Seeger-style up-picking with the punch, drive and speed displayed here.  I could be wrong, but I haven’t seen it.  This is why those of who want this sort of attack and speed have gravitated to clawhammer or various finger-picking styles. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-OfA5qSVJLM


I could get pretty close with my combo up-picking clawhammer style, but not on fretless!

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:22:14 AM
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8117 posts since 3/17/2005

Will Keys mostly led with his index, though he did sometimes lead with his thumb on 1/4 note runs on the lower strings. Will could play long passages with his thumb crossed up over his finger, making it sound as though he is leading with his thumb. For instance, his finger leading on 3rd string alternating with his thumb on the 1st. He would occasionally pick the 5th with his index and follow with his thumb on the first. (Try that one :-) ) He was the master of pragmatic picking.

Edited by - chip arnold on 03/28/2020 06:27:11

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