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Mar 9, 2024 - 10:06:44 AM
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142 posts since 7/13/2003

I'm quite excited to go back to finger picking after being more of a clawhammerist since the beginning of this century:
I did even play bluegrass banjo for living in the late 70s but haven't played 3 finger picking much since then.

This is my 4th YouTube upload of Soldier's Joy (3 banjo versions & 1 ukulele campanella version)

I'm just curious how I should call this mixture of finger picking styles.

Edited by - Seppo Sillanpaa on 03/09/2024 10:58:13

Mar 9, 2024 - 10:32:41 AM
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62082 posts since 12/14/2005

Hey, some guys got their names immortalized as the developers of Scruggs Style and Seeger Style.

Call it SEPPO STYLE, and, who knows... a fifty or a hundred years from now, the Banjo HangOut may have people arguing over which way is the only PROPER way to play Seppo style!

Mar 9, 2024 - 10:51:30 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)


27989 posts since 6/25/2005

MIke’s right. Among players, traditional and revival, there have been any number of such idiosyncratic styles over the years. All are legitimate, if unnamed..

Mar 9, 2024 - 5:14:39 PM
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Mar 10, 2024 - 8:38:22 AM
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Alex Z


5769 posts since 12/7/2006

Nice version in the video link.

The "style" is often referred to as "old time 3-finger."   The player plays whatever notes that fit the melody.  There are no standard fills, licks, or "rolls."

Sometimes the same sounds can be made from 2 fingers

Mar 10, 2024 - 12:43:16 PM
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42791 posts since 3/7/2006

Why not call it "kolmisormi"?

Mar 12, 2024 - 6:03:56 PM

6304 posts since 3/11/2006

There was a time and place when individual, idiosyncratic personal styles were the rule rather than the exception.

Just pickin' the banjo.

Nice playing, BTW.

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