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Sep 26, 2021 - 1:53:41 PM
68 posts since 6/23/2015

When playing backup, is Clawhammer style as usable as Scruggs style? Thanks for your thoughts.

Sep 26, 2021 - 2:12:38 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26413 posts since 8/3/2003

I don't know why it wouldn't work. Backup is basically rhythm for whoever is taking a break.

Sep 26, 2021 - 2:24:25 PM

12296 posts since 6/2/2008

Or singing a melody.

Backup is accompaniment. Clawhammer, which can make non-melody sounds as easily as three-finger, is fine for accompaniment.

Sep 26, 2021 - 3:03:46 PM

beegee

USA

22484 posts since 7/6/2005

I've done it for years

Sep 26, 2021 - 7:07:18 PM

Paul R

Canada

15017 posts since 1/28/2010

Yup. I did it at a Bluegrass jam for many years.

Sep 26, 2021 - 7:13:13 PM

684 posts since 11/21/2018

Watch some Danny Barnes YouTube videos. He sometimes uses both styles simultaneously. I find it captivating. There are other well known players who do this but none coming to mind at the moment.

Sep 26, 2021 - 10:02:17 PM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6777 posts since 2/21/2007

We should have a lesson on writing thread topics.
The word Question?, no matter how many question marks follow it, tells us nothing about the content of the thread. You might as well use Gbmnyx? as your thread title.  It tells us just as much about the content of the thread.

To answer your question, try it.  If it sounds good, it is good.

Sep 27, 2021 - 4:31:27 AM

4365 posts since 12/6/2009

quote:
Originally posted by fuelaltered

When playing backup, is Clawhammer style as usable as Scruggs style? Thanks for your thoughts.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80if-yp-tdc

Sep 27, 2021 - 6:25:14 AM

1581 posts since 7/14/2004

Raymond McLain is a switch hitter so to speak. He will often switch to claw when backing up.

Sep 27, 2021 - 10:36:18 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

1037 posts since 8/9/2019

chops is chops

Sep 27, 2021 - 2:25:59 PM

68 posts since 6/23/2015

quote:Originally posted by Jim YatesWe should have a lesson on writing thread topics.
The word Question?, no matter how many question marks follow it, tells us nothing about the content of the thread. You might as well use Gbmnyx? as your thread title. It tells us just as much about the content of the thread.

To answer your question, try it. If it sounds good, it is good. Well-----excuuuuuuuuuse me, Professor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 27, 2021 - 3:15:22 PM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6777 posts since 2/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by fuelaltered

quote:Originally posted by Jim YatesWe should have a lesson on writing thread topics.
The word Question?, no matter how many question marks follow it, tells us nothing about the content of the thread. You might as well use Gbmnyx? as your thread title. It tells us just as much about the content of the thread.

To answer your question, try it. If it sounds good, it is good. Well-----excuuuuuuuuuse me, Professor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sorry fuelaltered, but it seems that more and more of these thread topics are showing up with no hint in the title to tell us what the thread is about.  Many folks don't have the time to read every new post, so they depend on the topic title.  A title like Clawhammer Backup or Clawhammer & Scruggs Backup might be a little more usefull. 
Sorry to sound preachy, I guess I get that way sometimes.

Sep 28, 2021 - 11:19:28 AM

WesB

USA

395 posts since 12/17/2014

A quick perusal of posts that are questions discloses that a post with one question mark seems to get more attention and better responses than one with multiple question marks. There must be a moral there somewhere.

Sep 29, 2021 - 1:45:08 PM

Owen

Canada

9587 posts since 6/5/2011

Jim, fwiw, from my perspective there's no need to apologize*.... giving a substantial clue in the title is a valid point.  [* = unless that's ^^  a Canadian apology that you've offered up.  wink ]

However, I do think that's more applicable in the "real" banjo threads than in "off-topic" where a significant part of the motivation seems to me to be entertainment / killing time / poke the hornets' nest. [That's an observation, not a complaint.]

Edited by - Owen on 09/29/2021 13:47:02

Sep 29, 2021 - 4:29:30 PM

10 posts since 9/29/2021

You can vamp in either style, you can also mix it up.......just nail the one chord and it all works

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