February 3, 2020 at 11:11 pm #35520cornishdptParticipant
I was so excited to give this a try and just realized…. IS THIS TECHNIQUE EVEN POSSIBLE WITH HOW I PLAY THE UKE UPSIDE DOWN?! Oye!February 4, 2020 at 1:22 am #35521
@cornishdpt I can’t answer your question but if it is, try looking up left handed banjo players who might play on right handed instruments. You might find someone developed a technique to get the job done, since the high drone string on banjo is not as long as the other 4 and can’t really be moved easily.
Perfect excuse to get a lefty or maybe have the nut turned around (or diy it) on a cheap uke.* Even if it just stays your ‘banjo’ in my opinion. Since the technique is so different you can treat the modified uke as a completely ‘new’ instrument maybe? (Just a thought anyway, if you’re determined to learn it, and it’s not possible to do backwards.)
*I think the bracing inside each “handed” instrument might be positioned differently to take the stress the different string tensions put on the body. (or something.. There’s extra bracing on guitar tops in the spot your strumming hand might contact the top from luthier videos. Those might be there for a million reasons, i’m just guessing.) If you do flip the nut on one, I would try it on a super cheap uke just in case it ends up ruining it somehow long term.February 4, 2020 at 11:50 am #35522
You’d have to reverse everything, Cory – but you already do this. I’d give it a shot.February 5, 2020 at 9:33 pm #35541lakeside339Participant
Well – I am amazed that no one at all has yet posted themselves playing ;-)! Usually 1-2 people have already posted their results/entry by now.
This is great – I have been wanting to dive in to the clawhammer course since you announced it. And the day before I saw this challenge, I ordered a (cheap from China) banjolele. It would be great to win the Goldtone and give the one I ordered to one of our youngest family members.
Starting the lessons nowFebruary 6, 2020 at 1:58 pm #35544
Most are probably doing clawhammer but needed to ask
Anyone else finding themselves drifting into a 4 finger death grip on their left hand when they miss an artificial harmonic with their right hand?
Ouch, jeeze. I don’t even notice because it’s sort of gradual as I miss, I start mashing down harder until my hand starts hurting or my strength starts giving out.
Next bit of practice I get in today, I need to work on that. Haven’t gotten quite to the main song yet. Tapped harmonics is super hard for me, and muscle memory for spacing between hands is taking me time.
@lakeside339 -That’s awesome! Hope your banjolele is fun when you get it! & Hope you have a blast with the clawhammer coarse! 🙂February 6, 2020 at 4:55 pm #35550johanna2509Participant
In January I worked on songs that were on my wanna-learn list (Can’t Help Falling in Love, Puff the Magic Dragon and Toss a Coin to Your Witcher). I also got an electric guitar and it’s so much fun! I am just messing around with power chords, but that seems to be enough to start with in the beginning.
The harmonics version of Amazing Grace was really an extraordinary piece to learn! I’m playing the artificial harmonics different than the way it is teached in the toolbox though. That’s because I copied the technique from Vasko in December when I learned his version of All I want for Christmas Is You. Now it feels weird to use the thumb, so I’m just sticking to the ring finger.
I feel like the harmonics on the low g string are more difficult, I miss them more often. I am looking forward to the feedback to know what I should work on!February 6, 2020 at 5:20 pm #35555
@johanna2509 – WOW that was beautiful! I love how you paced it – it gave it a very natural feel/sound. I have no constructive feedback other than: let the last note ring out till it fades 🙂
And the G strings harmonics sound great to me! All of them did. Well done!February 6, 2020 at 5:42 pm #35556jinajupiterParticipant
I just started the exercises of the Claw Hammer Course. If I play the brush stroke on beat 2 and 4 I can’t play the melody notes, only on 1 and 3, is that correct?February 6, 2020 at 5:47 pm #35557johanna2509Participant
Thank you so much Andrew! I’m soo happy that I have found this awesome community!February 6, 2020 at 6:08 pm #35558jinajupiterParticipant
Wow cool Johanna!February 6, 2020 at 9:41 pm #35560
@jinajupiter – they would be contained within the chord. They don’t always fall on string A, so it can become “blended” to the ear over typical arr. writing that usually places them there.February 8, 2020 at 11:52 am #35587
Really nice johanna!February 9, 2020 at 10:24 am #35607lisadmhParticipant
What is it about the camera that makes me awkward and uptight every time? I can play it faster and more comfortably and more chill than this, but not with the camera running. I should probably wait another week before recording but it’s flowing so well without the camera…
This technique felt super awkward the first couple of days but now it feels totally natural. I would never have gone looking for a song like this bit I quite love it! Thanks for shaking things
Without further ado…. Here’s where I’m at.February 9, 2020 at 11:49 am #35609andracassParticipant
Very nice, Lisadmh! 😀February 9, 2020 at 1:08 pm #35611
Totally Awesome Lisa!!!!
I swear you’re really good with percussive techniques. You didn’t look or sound tight or strained to me. (But i’m no expert) That was super smooth and sounded great!
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