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Oct 28, 2021 - 11:33:21 AM
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8 posts since 9/23/2021

Does anyone know what style Charley Crockett is playing here?
It looked like he was strumming the banjo like a guitar, but then there were these fingerpicked passages that sounded much more banjo like, and I thought it was some sort of traditional two-finger thing, but I honestly don't know. It sounds excellent though.

Oct 28, 2021 - 1:09:04 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)


25408 posts since 6/25/2005

It’s an idiosyncratic style with a lot of strumming. You can’t jam such styles into a convenient standard category.

Oct 28, 2021 - 2:28:45 PM
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1258 posts since 1/25/2017

That's the J J Cale I Don't Need No Stinkin' Picks technique.

I've used it a time or two myself. 


Nov 15, 2021 - 4:02:51 AM

77 posts since 2/14/2021

I just call that style Strumming the Banjo. Not very imaginative for a name but it's what I do as of late. I've played clawhammer for forty plus years but time has made a change and slowed me down (in more ways than one). So, instead of giving up and losing all my tunes, I switched to an index/thumb strum much like what Charley Crockett is doing. I just drop the fifth string (a la plectrum banjo style) and pick out fiddle tunes and regular songs on a down stroke with my index finger. I get the same bump ditty rhythm (sort of) as I play the melody. This lets me play up to speed with fiddles, something I could not do with clawhammer. Actually, only clawhammer banjo players can tell I'm not playing clawhammer and what do they know (just kidding). I usually use Open G tuning and full chords (but not always).

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