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Thread #37503   Message #524101
Posted By: GUEST,Margo whose cookie was eaten
08-Aug-01 - 11:56 PM
Thread Name: Celtic music on 5 string banjo
Subject: RE: Celtic music on 5 string banjo
Well Cap't Bob, Clawhammer as I know it is strum down (index or middle finger, I use index) and pick up with thumb. So that's only the two digits. Getting into the Celtic music I have been using tab (Ken Perlman's) so I use what ever tuning he's indicated. C tuning is common, but he does use G tuning as well. Lots of work with the left hand in hammer-ons and pull-offs and the right hand thumb dropping to carry melody too.

Boy, I just had the workshop with Ken Perlman, and just a month prior I went to a workshop with Mark Johnson. I have walked away from both thinking, "Anything goes!"