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Aug 8, 2022 - 11:54:19 AM



2 posts since 8/8/2022

I was browsing around the tab library for some Irish style tunes in a minor key and came across "Kitty's Rambles" (I can't post links yet to the forum, but you can search for it in tab archive) which has a shanty feel and real fun to play.

At the top of the tab is a note on how to stroke the tune that reads:

"I" = stroke (down - clawhammer, up - 2-fingers-index-leads)


Can someone help me decipher what that means? I know and play clawhammer style, and I know a bit about "2-fingers index lead" style, but I'm not sure what it means to play clawhammer on "down" (stroke?) and 2-fingers on "up".

Thank you!

(Side note, I really love playing these bouncy 6/8 shanty-style tunes -- anyone know of any others with a similar feel?)

Edited by - donka on 08/08/2022 12:10:06

Aug 8, 2022 - 12:11:40 PM

2884 posts since 5/2/2012

As I look at it, this arrangement was written so that both CH and 2FIL players could play it. CH is down-picking, while if you play IL you downpick with the thumb and up-pick with the index. At least that is how I interpret the tab. T for the thumb, of course, and those without a T or I are most likely picked with the thumb (my personal perspective) This tab seems to lay out better for CH players. I played 2FTL for a few years, and I suspect that my fingering would be different in some places (more thumb).

Aug 8, 2022 - 12:59:41 PM



2 posts since 8/8/2022

Ahhhhhhh... Okay. So it's not trying to tell me "when playing this tune, play CH for these types of stroke situations then switch to 2FIL (mid-song) for these cases" (which doesn't make any sense).

It's instead just saying "You can play this tune in CH or 2FIL style if you want" and then clarifying that "down" means CH, and "up" means 2FIL.

Not sure why that wasn't clear to me after reading it a billion times :)


Edited by - donka on 08/08/2022 13:00:26

Aug 12, 2022 - 12:28:18 AM
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4946 posts since 5/14/2007

To simplify, sound the string with the index finger, with a downward stroke if playing clawhammer, or by picking up if playing in an up-picking or two finger index lead style.

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