Learn Clawhammer Banjo
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January 29, 2015 by Josh 4 Comments
Hope you guys are getting on ok after the fire last week, and glad to hear that everyone got out safely.
In measure 11 there’s a 2nd string pull-off followed by a brush. Which finger(s) do you use for the pull-off and fretting the 1st string at the 2nd fret? In the video it looks like you use the 1st (index) finger for both. Is that right?
In measure 15, there’s something similar, with a pull-off on the 3rd string. The video suggests the pull-off is with the 2nd (middle) finger and fretting for the brush is with the 1st (index). Is that right?
Keep up all the good work. Your course is a big help in supporting my learning to play; no doubt it is a big help to others too.
Am I seeing you start this tune by freeing a C chord even though the melody is on the 4th string? Is this an example of how the other strings on the banjo need to “ring” true?
Exactly, Trig. Even though it’s not struck directly, that 1st string still makes a contribution to the sound.
That said, this does depend somewhat on the particular banjo, in terms of how ringy and resonant it is. So there are banjos (plunky with minimal sustain, etc.) where the other strings don’t ring out nearly so much. So, as is often the case, let your ears be the judge on your particular banjo (though I think good to always be mindful of the issue either way).
the above post should read “fretting” rather than “freeing”
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