During the Pandemic I started learning to play Two Finger Thumb Lead style after years of only playing clawhammer. Most of what I started out with was simpler melodies and songs since they seemed to fit well with the style and weren't terribly difficult. That said, I play with fiddles and guitars a lot and the struggle to fit in with faster more complex fiddle tunes has been a challenge in this style. Since the index finger in this style is generally reserved for playing a first string drone note, up the neck work becomes more problematic if you want to continue having a drone note. So what I've been doing, which you can see in this video, is to play what would normally be first string notes on the 2nd string only higher up the neck. That seems to work okay, but I can already see it being limiting as far as variety and technique.
So I'm curious what other ways people handle those higher sections of fiddle tunes. Maybe I should have a closer look at how Nick Hornbuckle does it.
" to play what would normally be first string notes on the 2nd string only higher up the neck. "
That is pretty much it for me. But also, using index on second string can be handy at times and so far has not resulted in fines or jail time for me, so don't limit yourself!
I prefer to turn to 2FIL on the high parts, and play melody notes on first string with the index on the on beat (often note for note as you play clawhammer.
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