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GUEST,Richard Nic Jones Guitar Technique (15) RE: Nic Jones Guitar Technique 10 Dec 18

Another feature of the playing of Nic Jones, John Martin, Bert Jansch etc. style is the RH falling on to the strings to damp them with a percussive noise; often followed by a syncopated or of-beat thumb stroke. Along with the frailing stroke, it seems to fit into a rhythmic groove, where something has to happen on a particular beat that doesn't seem to want a picked note. To me, it seems like a physical thing; once the rhythm gets going, it's almost instinctive, like a drummer deciding what to hit on which beat; so long as it's something. Like Howard Jones above, I don't see it as a banjo style, just something guitarists have developed along a parallel path. I hope that makes some sort of sense.

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