Drop thumb is one of the most versatile techniques in the clawhammer banjoist’s toolbox. Yet, for many, it’s also one of the most intimidating.
Fear not! In this live online workshop from Brainjo, we’ll break the process of learning drop thumb into a few simple steps that anyone can master, leaving you wondering what all the fuss was about!
When? Saturday, July 22 at 1pm Eastern time
Questions about the Workshop?
Q: Uh, what is drop thumb?
A: Drop thumb refers to the technique used in clawhammer (or frailing, or downpicking) banjo in which the thumb plucks one of the inside strings (i.e. a string other than the 5th string).
Q: Why would I need to learn how to do that?
A: While you can certainly play great banjo without it, drop thumb is a wonderful technique to know. It opens the door to multiple rhythmic and melodic possibilities that can further enrich your playing, and expand the range of possible sounds you can make on your banjo.
Unfortunately, many people resist learning how to do it because of the impression it’s a difficult technique. This is not the case, and in this workshop you’ll discover that it’s no more difficult than any of other essential techniques of clawhammer banjo playing.
Q: What if I can’t make it at the scheduled time?
A: No worries. If you register, you’ll be emailed a link to a replay of the workshop after it’s completed.
Q: Who is this workshop for?
A: For anyone interested in learning the drop thumb techniques, regardless of whether you’re just getting started or a down-picking veteran.