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Basic Clawhammer Technique: Bum-Ditty

This lesson is part of the course Clawhammer Guitar with Steve Baughman.
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Learn how to use the traditional clawhammer style of old-time banjo on the guitar to play traditional dance tunes with a powerful groove or sweet, contemplative melodies. With clawhammer technique exercises and 12 great tunes to play.
 
 
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Learn to play the traditional music favorite “Shady Grove” using many of the techniques you’ve learned in the last two lessons. Steve starts by showing you how to modify the bum-ditty pattern slightly by just playing a single note instead of the brush stroke, and then he walks you through the melody of “Shady Grove” phrase by phrase, giving you a chance to play along with him as he goes.
 
 
 
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Basic Clawhammer Technique: Bum-Ditty  
 
Basic Clawhammer Technique: Bum-Ditty  
 
Basic Clawhammer Technique: Bum-Ditty
Basic Clawhammer Technique: Bum-Ditty
 
Learn the basic bum-ditty rhythm pattern that’s at the heart of clawhammer guitar technique. Before showing you the pattern, Steve talks about whether to play with your nails or a plastic fingerpick, as Steve does. Then he talks about the basic technique, which involves striking downward using the back of your fingernail, as opposed to picking upward in standard fingerstyle guitar technique, and your thumb playing on the pickup to the downbeat. Once you’re comfortable with the basic motion, you’ll learn to isolate strings with your downpick, starting with the high E string and then working through the second, third, and fourth strings, which are the strings that you’ll primarily use to play melodies. He also talks about some of the different ways you can play the brush stroke that occurs on the backbeat.

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