I keep hearing about the "almighty" double C tuning. What exactly is the attraction? I can play in C, granted without the low bass C, in standard G. And maybe I haven't adjusted enough to it, but…Continue
Mark Weems's version of Mister Banjo inspired me to finally purchase Slave Songs of the United States 1867. I found O'er the Crossing, derived in Caroline County where I live. So, I decided to try to…Continue
"Since we're on the subject, when the tutors talk about "guitar style", are they talking about up stroke with the pointer or both the pointer and middle, or strumming? Does this start the path to three finger Scruggs/bluegrass melodic…"
"I suspect that the reason many of the Briggs tunes don't use the bass tuning is that they pre-date the adding of the bass string (some time around 1840), which makes them ideal for playing on a 4 string gourd banjo. I do switch my bass string…"
"There are always many exceptions in particular tunes, but generally speaking...
In oldtime clawhammer the thumb is used most often as a rhythmic tool or syncopation note- either on the 5th string drone (part of the bump-a-dit-ty) OR as part of the…"
"I think Converse's tunes are more thummby aren't they? Original Essence of Old Virginny and Phil Rice's Excellsior Jig are other examples of what Greg Adams called "thumb lead" tunes. What ever happened to Greg…"
"Ok, you said:
I keep hearing about the "almighty" double C tuning. What exactly is the attraction?
But to pinpoint 'what the attraction is', I'd need to ask where/from whom do you keep hearing about it? The double C…"
"Yes, I was referring to modern standard G, or D in Briggs. I also find it interesting that Foster wrote most of his tunes in the high bass D tuning (lower equivalent of modern standard open G). Even with the high bass tuning, one can play quite a…"
"Lots of oldtime/clawhammer players these days use 'double C' tuning but tuned up a step ...for playing D tunes. Double D.
If you are talking in terms of mid 1800s minstrel era playing, the fingering of the time produced a certain set…"