For enthusiasts of early banjo
Using the techniques described in Briggs', Rice, and Buckley, a series of Strikes is used and broken down with "Hard Times" from the Briggs' Banjo Instructor...
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Just a hunch, and trying to put this together from what I have seen, many players "flick" "brush" and move their hand in a rhythmic style, often bum ditty in a motion that runs more parallel to the plane of the head. I interpret the motion as going in a motion more "up and down" from the head, lifting it in "up" from the head and striking down, planting the finger and thumb together. This changes what I see people calling "thumb lead" Nothing "leads"...it it the hand planted down. It grooves and drives, but the physical motion is different from what I see Clawhammer and traditional players use.
You do that, but I have seen others that rotate the thumb and finger like a little blender.
But actually, if you have placed the hand down, you have already struck with the finger. The beat is just displaced.
It looks the same as yours
Hammer could be interchangable with thumb in single notes.
So to me, "thumb lead" is conceptual...and sort of does not exist in Stroke. Looking back, it does...but if you were there originally, maybe not. It does change the lilt of the music. Subtle things we will never know in performance practice from the past. The descriptions of playing are quite clear if one takes the time to read and implement it.
DISCLAIMER: I am expressing only my opinion and observation. Sometimes things go south when people claim information as "fact". I want to share the experience.
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