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