Learn Clawhammer Banjo
A complete resource for the discerning downpicking enthusiast
December 11, 2014 by Josh 7 Comments
April 29, 2016 at 10:49 am
This is not a question about this particular tune but I hope to post it here since I’m in this module working on this tune right now 🙂 The last week I’ve started to feel some pain in my picking hand, probably because tension. I’ve tried to switch between index and middle finger with none or little difference. Any good ideas how to be more relaxed but at the same time play accurate? It seems that I need some tension to be able to play the songs in performance tempo without getting sloppy…
May 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm
I have a question on your audio example right before this statement on this page, on the second time through how did you play the beginning of the B part? sounded cool! I’m really benefiting from your teaching I think I’ll stick with it for a while thanks a lot!
And here’s that version tabified:
May 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm
Hey Matt – so what I’m doing there is playing a drop thumb on the 3rd string, 2nd fret, and then sliding to the 4th string. The drop thumb is preceded by a skip note, so what this is doing is shifting the melody note (struck by the thumb) to an offbeat, which syncopates it (more on how this is done in the “Syncopation” module).
Hope that helps! Let me know if not.
May 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm
Yes! Thanks Josh, I pretty much had it figured out, but didn’t catch the skip note.
November 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm
Hey Josh, I’m not getting the two videos: Drop thumb without tears. Can you say the problem is with me,here!? I would not be surprised as our Broadband is so slow. Aside from that, many thanks for all of this instruction. I love my banjo!!
January 31, 2018 at 7:40 pm
How or where do I get level 3 tabs for print out.
How or where do I get level 3 tabs for print out ?
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