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Aug 3, 2021 - 5:58:05 PM
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14 posts since 8/3/2021

So ive been trying clawhammer for about 3 days, is my basic bum diddy going in the right direction?

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Aug 3, 2021 - 6:02:08 PM

Laszlo

USA

4 posts since 1/21/2016

Your 'di-ty' part sounds a bit too quick in relation to the 'bum' part. They should be the same length. Your thumb looks good to me.

Aug 3, 2021 - 6:14 PM

wdh1974

USA

14 posts since 8/3/2021

sweet thanks, i dunno why im not using a metronome, just thought of it when you said that lol....

Aug 3, 2021 - 6:22:10 PM

Laszlo

USA

4 posts since 1/21/2016

Yeah, that'd be helpful, especially starting out. I've always found it difficult to use while playing the banjo, but hang in there. The rhythm pacing is the most important part in my opinion. A metronome that will let you break it down into 4 parts is helpful too. I like say 'one-and, two-and' to myself when checking my rhythm.

If your middle finger feels awkward, feel free to use your pointer finger too, but your hand form seems good to me. The thumb always hitting a string (not necessarily playing it) is important for absorbing the downwards force and staying in good position. Looks like you're doing a good job with that.

Aug 4, 2021 - 4:12:23 AM
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dbrooks

USA

4104 posts since 3/11/2004

You are off to a great start. Your hand is moving as a unit with no finger flicking. Slow practice with a metronome is an effective way forward. Josh Turknett has some excellent advice about practicing, especially about the benefit of slow practice and the surprising benefit of practicing with a metronome/

9 Ways to Practice Smarter (FREE book & video) – The Brainjo Academy

David

Aug 4, 2021 - 5:48:46 AM
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carlb

USA

2279 posts since 12/16/2007

I personally play the 5th string on every strum, i.e. not bum ditty style. I played without any drop thumb until I got my right hand relaxed. Then I found a tune with a single drop thumb (though it was repeated three times in one of the parts) and played it until my hand got relaxed again.

There's always a way to find the essence of a tune without any drop thumb, but I like to keep that drone sounding.

Aug 4, 2021 - 1:05:11 PM

RG

USA

3103 posts since 8/7/2008

Emphasize that downbeat and set it apart from the offbeat, that will give you that "galloping"or "rippling" rhythm that defines OT banjo...

Aug 4, 2021 - 1:34:11 PM

wdh1974

USA

14 posts since 8/3/2021

thx guys, just trying to maintain that pattern so my hands can use it if i ever want to try to get serious with that style

Aug 4, 2021 - 5:39:32 PM
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6008 posts since 3/11/2006

I don't see anything at all wrong with it.

Sounds to me like you are accenting the downbeat ("bum") and maybe drawing it out just a bit.
What you're doing is adding a bit of syncopation which is something that most folks don't do until
later, and some never get the hang of at all. It adds lilt, imparts lift, and makes the music danceable.

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