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What is Clawhammer Banjo?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 29, 2017 12:22:36 PM / by Lawrence Witt posted in clawhammer

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When most people think of the banjo, they tend to think of Bluegrass, Earl Scruggs, and the 3-finger style. You'd be forgiven for not knowing banjo could be anything else given their dominance in mainstream culture. In the movies, and in popular folk outfits like the Flecktones, or Mumford and Sons, 3-finger style has reigned supreme since Scruggs pioneered it in the mid-1940s.

Far older, though now overshadowed by its upstart younger sibling, clawhammer banjo remains an alternative option for those seeking a gentler, more melodic sound.

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Do You Need A Clawhammer Banjo Pick?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 8, 2017 2:39:40 PM / by Lawrence Witt posted in clawhammer

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One of the first things that three-finger style players are told when they start learning banjo is: Always. Wear. Your. Picks. There is a widespread consensus in the three-finger community that fingerpicks are essential to properly develop speed and tonal quality.

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Learn How To Play Clawhammer Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2016 6:20:34 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Playing Tips, banjo video, clawhammer, Learning Banjo

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Have you always wanted to learn to play clawhammer banjo? Do you know what clawhammer banjo is? Maybe you have played it before...but then again, a little reminder wouldn't hurt, right?

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Logan County Blues Banjo Tab

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2016 12:36:40 AM / by David Bandrowski posted in Playing Tips, banjo tab, clawhammer, old time banjo

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Logan County Blues is a very popular old time fiddle tune that sounds great when played on the 5 string banjo. This tune is usually played in the key of D so tune your banjo to Double C tuning (GCGCD) and put a capo on the second fret.

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Can You Play Clawhammer Banjo On a Resonator Banjo?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 10, 2015 2:27:55 PM / by Dusty Elmer posted in Playing Tips, Banjo Shopping Advice, clawhammer, Dusty Elmer, old time

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"Can you play clawhammer banjo on a resonator banjo?" It's a question that comes up fairly often both on online forums and out in the public. The answer is yes, of course, because a 5 string banjo is a 5 string banjo. The real question is should you play clawhammer banjo on a banjo with a resonator? Is it okay?

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Learn Clawhammer Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2015 12:36:56 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in 5-String Banjo, banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips, clawhammer, David Holt, deering artist, frailing

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Dan Walsh visits the Deering Banjo Company

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2015 6:28:16 PM / by Jamie Latty posted in Artist Features, clawhammer, Dan Walsh, Indian Music, News

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Deering is no stranger to artists paying visits to the factory whenever they are in town and we recently had a visit from British born banjo wizard Dan Walsh who was here performing in Encinitas for the San Diego Folk Heritage folks.

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David Holt Reviews the New 12 Inch Vega Old Tyme Wonder Banjo

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2015 4:37:49 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artist Features, Banjo Shopping Advice, clawhammer, David Holt, Grand 12" Rim, Vega banjos

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The world class clawhammer banjoist David Holt took the time recently to review our new Vega Old Time Wonder banjo that features a 12 inch rim.

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Is One Banjo Style More Difficult than Another?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2015 10:48:39 AM / by Barry Hunn posted in 5-String Banjo, banjo lesson, Playing Tips, banjo tips, clawhammer, fingerpicking, flatpicking, Plectrum Banjo, Tenor Banjo

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We are asked regularly, is Bluegrass style finger picking more difficult than Clawhammer?  Is Clawhammer more difficult than finger picking? Is plectrum/tenor style with a flat pick easier than Bluegrass style finger picking?

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Daniel Rothwell

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2013 10:17:32 AM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artists, clawhammer, frailing, old time, Old Time

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Daniel plays a rambunctious style of banjo commonly referred to as clawhammer.  He has always loved old-time music.  He was first introduced to the clawhammer  style when he was two years old and saw Leroy Troy performing.  He loved the banjo from that moment on. Daniel's grandfather Thomas Maupin took him to  old time and bluegrass festivals at an early age. Daniel's main focus when they were at the festivals was to find the banjo players. He was able to start playing  the banjo at age 11 and with the exception of a few good pointers along the way from his friends he is self taught.  Daniel has been given pointers from some of the best. Jim Costa, Rebekah Weiler, Dan Knowles, Matt Kinman, and Phillip Steinmetz.  Marlin Rood of Springfield, TN took a special interest in Daniel and mentored him to a higher level.  Daniel has won many competitions across the South including the 2010 National Championship and the 2011 Tennessee State Championship. He has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, at Merlefest, The Ryman Auditiorium, IBMA's Kids on Bluegrass and Old Time Opry Variety Show and has made several guest appearances on Ernest Tubb Record Shop's Midnight Jamboree with Bluegrass Legend Jesse McReynolds.  This is just to mention a few of his accomplishments.

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