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    interesting instruction on two finger old time banjo




    and a great version of Little Maggie in two finger style


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    Re: interesting instruction on two finger old time banjo

    Thanks for posting these. I've been toying around with 2-finger thumb-lead style lately. Haven't done enough of it yet to really get comfortable with the movement (thumb lead is just ...weird for my clawhammer brain). But I'm definitely curious enough to want to give it a go. I just haven't been able to find much in the way of examples where it can be put to good use. The Thumb-Lead Banjer website is OK, but seems a bit limited in the tablature department. Not a lot of tunes there that I already know or play.

    I'd love to see more examples of this style being put to good use!

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    Re: interesting instruction on two finger old time banjo

    I experimented a bit with thumb lead after watching these videos a few months ago.

    I find it works well as a backup style, but I have trouble adapting clawhammer melodies to thumb lead.

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    Re: interesting instruction on two finger old time banjo

    check out Chip Arnold. he plays a style that if memory is correct, came out of Gray, Tn(east ten). really nice guy you can contact, he teaches at some banjo seminars in the area thruout the year. this is an index lead finger style, sounds really good, and very much like smooth clawhammer.

    this works well for me, transitioning from clawhammer to this index lead style.
    Chip has more video available on youtube.




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    Re: interesting instruction on two finger old time banjo

    Great stuff, darylcrisp. I'll be working on adding some of this to my repertoire for sure.

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    Re: interesting instruction on two finger old time banjo

    So I've been messing around some more with 2-finger thumb-lead playing. It's starting to get there, slowly but surely. It's always fun to build a new technique and be able to feel it coming together as the coordination gets better. Being honest, I struggle a bit with how many fingers to "plant" on the head when I'm only using my thumb and index. If I plant just my pinky, my middle and ring fingers sure do a lot of waggling around in the air, throwing off my accuracy. But if I plant my ring finger alongside my pinky, it seems to constrain my hand's sense of freedom. I'll figure it out, I guess, but it's tough to decide which way to go at this point.

    I love the idea of switching back and forth on the melody of a tune between clawhammer and 2FTL, for a wider variety of sound within the same piece of music. This is a really good example of what I want to be able to do with it:




    Quote Originally Posted by keithb View Post
    I experimented a bit with thumb lead after watching these videos a few months ago.

    I find it works well as a backup style, but I have trouble adapting clawhammer melodies to thumb lead.
    I agree. I wish there were more examples out there of playing standard OT tunes in this style. I've tried to adapt a couple, but they just don't seem to work too well.

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