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Hardiman the Fiddler What is clawhammer style (70* d) RE: What is clawhammer style 02 Mar 00


Been enjoying this thread, cause I also play some banjo. Probably I'm not as technical as all the advise in this thread, but the one thing I remember was it was hard to use finger picks for the Scruggs style, and it was hard at first to keep the last two fingers of the right hand anchored on the banjo head while I was learning, so I just strummed the banjo for a while, till I got used to the three finger rolls. In that era, someone informed me I was playing "claw hammer" style, that was news to me! Then an old-timer told me that the style was called claw hammer because you held your hand as though it was a hammer, brushing with the nails, and then lastly catching the fifth string with the thumb, like it was the claw of the hammer. I doubt I do it right, but I liked the advise earlier. The operative word is "play!" good luck. HTF


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