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Double Thumbing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Feb 18, 2013. 15 Replies

hey- My name is Zak and I am trying to learn the clawhammer style of banjo. Ive been developing for the past year and cannot seem to conceptualize the technique of using my thumb to pluck the other…Continue

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Zak HeerBrandt replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Spammers
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Mar 5, 2013
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Zak HeerBrandt is attending Greg Adams's event

Antietam Early Banjo Gathering-VI (June 21-23, 2013) at Keedysville, MD

June 21, 2013 to June 23, 2013
The Sixth Annual Antietam Early Banjo GatheringThe Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (also known as the Early American Banjo Conference) is the premier event for enthusiasts and scholars of the 19th century banjo music and culture. The conference, held at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam National Battlefield, raises awareness of the early banjo’s significance in the development of American popular music. It also underscores music’s importance in the lives of Civil War…See More
Feb 19, 2013
Joel Hooks replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"Umm, I mean Zak with a k... Sorry"
Feb 18, 2013
Joel Hooks replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"Hi Zac, I feel like I am always talking about this Frank Converse fella, but... In his "Analytical Banjo Method" he wrote out some of the greatest exercises for banjo style--ever. You will not find terms like "double thumbing" or…"
Feb 18, 2013
Roberta Perkins replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"It's interesting. I was just playing Cluck Old Hen, on my fretless, in Double G. It sounds a bit different than in the Double C, on my fretted. You get used to what a piece sounds like on steel strings; there is an adjustment when hearing it on…"
Feb 17, 2013
Strumelia replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"I would think Kitchen Girl might make a good tune to try and play in minstrel style too."
Feb 17, 2013
Roberta Perkins replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"There are a couple of the Hammons' tunes I would like to learn, at some time...Kitchen Girl is one. I hope we can meet sometime down the road and talk over this style of banjo tunes... Take care."
Feb 17, 2013
Strumelia replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"Yes, I try to play Dwight's 'Walkin'....' as well.  Sweet is right.  :)   I love most of Dwight's tunes and we play quite a few Hammons tunes."
Feb 16, 2013
Roberta Perkins replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"Strumella, hello:  My current instructor encouraged me to jump into the drop thumb. She wanted me to not be afraid of it. It does add a bit more fun and richness to the music:-). I love playing "Cluck Old Hen" with it. Other than…"
Feb 16, 2013
Strumelia replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"Roberta- I too learned from Dwight- 14 yrs ago, and still learning from his materials even now. I second everything you said!   I now teach my clawhammer students to do drop thumb from the very beginning, since I found it did me no good at…"
Feb 15, 2013
Roberta Perkins replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"Hi, Zak: Welcome to the site. Drop thumb became a muscle memory, for me, after I learned the rhythm of playing clawhammer. I learned rhythm of clawhammer from Dwight Diller, at one of his camps. I occasionally use his "Just Rhythm" DVD as…"
Feb 15, 2013
Zak HeerBrandt replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"Haha fair enough. Thank you"
Jan 30, 2013
Tim Twiss replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"All of them."
Jan 30, 2013
Zak HeerBrandt replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"Thanks you guys so much for the insight. Your advice has given some great direction for what I am hoping to do  and it now seems as though I got my work cut out for me! By the way, i was also wondering if there were any songs that sound…"
Jan 30, 2013
Scott Johnson replied to Zak HeerBrandt's discussion Double Thumbing
"As a novice player myself I really can feel for you.  Sometimes learning new techniques can feel like you are picking up the banjo for the first time again and are right back at square one.  And in one sense you are.  Getting that…"
Jan 30, 2013

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Greg Adams
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1year
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Mitchell Standard five string, five string fretless Gourd banjo, Elite tenor banjo

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