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Oct 9, 2021 - 10:20:32 AM
4 posts since 7/29/2021

As a new player I'm having difficulty making the ditty strum lower in volume than the bum stroke, so sometimes the melody is hard to distinguish. Could it have something to do with the fact that I have to use a pick because my fingernails break easily? I've tried Pro-Pik brass clawhammer and the Fred Kelly Delrin finger picks

Oct 9, 2021 - 3:44:26 PM
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4189 posts since 10/13/2005

Naw, not the pick. It is a matter of control that comes with time, loudness and softness of any component of the bum-dit-ty. Picks can definitely makes things louder and brash but the mellow soft tones can also be elicited. banjered

Oct 10, 2021 - 7:03:10 AM
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8292 posts since 3/17/2005

Maybe work on ditching the strum and hitting a single string on the "dit". It will improve your aim and control. Listen to a bunch of c'hammer players. Not much strumming.

Oct 10, 2021 - 5:07:31 PM

4 posts since 7/29/2021

I think that's an excellent suggestion. Starting off simple, then embellishing as I progress makes sense. Thank you!

Oct 10, 2021 - 5:09:47 PM

4 posts since 7/29/2021

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Originally posted by banjered

Naw, not the pick. It is a matter of control that comes with time, loudness and softness of any component of the bum-dit-ty. Picks can definitely makes things louder and brash but the mellow soft tones can also be elicited. banjered


Oct 10, 2021 - 9:28:16 PM

3253 posts since 10/17/2009

Reminds me of similar issue some guitar players have with basic boom/chuck rhythm... comes out as dit STRUMMMMM.  that is weak barely hit single note and then a big strum across all strings.

Agree it's about control. Might try and just practice BUM - dit. (leaving other out). Pick shouldn't make a difference... as it's being used on both.

Oct 11, 2021 - 7:26:41 AM

4 posts since 7/29/2021

Thank you. When I first started playing using my nail it easy to keep the dit subdued and sounded really good. Now I have to learn not to use less power with the finger pick.

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