February 20, 2020 at 6:31 pm #35784samash07Participant
I’m trying to learn the harmonics but the strumming is difficult to get down. Anyone got tips?February 20, 2020 at 6:32 pm #35785brettboyParticipant
Happy Uke-In Everyone!
This month I took on the Clawhammer course (but I tossed in a few harmonics at the end just for fun). The course was excellent. Thank You Christopher Davis-Shannon!February 20, 2020 at 6:46 pm #35786
@samash07 – Try a really slow strum, where it’s almost like an arpeggio. This will let you focus more on hitting the harmonic on the A string. When you get comfortable with the right hand, start to speed it up so it sounds more like a normal strum.
@brettboy – It sounds awesome on that instrument, Brett! The only thing I can suggest is to hammer-on a little harder so that we get a more pronounced tone. Keep up the great work!February 20, 2020 at 7:25 pm #35787February 21, 2020 at 12:02 pm #35790February 21, 2020 at 4:22 pm #35803holly1Participant
Alright so here’s my entry with shortening bread, actually played on my gold tone banjolele. Hope that doesn’t exclude me from possibly winning, LOL. -HollyFebruary 21, 2020 at 4:32 pm #35804
@holly1 – Well done! You’ve got a great feel with this style 🙂 If I have to be really nit-picky, I’d say watch the tempo, as you played the first phrase (quarter note part) slower, BUT kept the rest steady at a quicker tempo. And I’d prob practice the last section (the really busy stuff) a little slower to clean it up a touch. But, again this is me grilling you, LOL. Your feel is killer!!February 22, 2020 at 3:36 am #35810smokealotParticipant
For days now I have this earworm and keep whisteling shorting bread. people start starring at me…February 22, 2020 at 1:07 pm #35813lisadmhParticipant
I know the feeling. This happens in our household on a monthly rotation. Right now it’s People are Strange.February 22, 2020 at 10:38 pm #35819lakeside339Participant
yes Holly – you are excluded from winning. 😉 Nice job and it is nice to hear the Goldtone.
Is anyone besides me struggling to keep the claw shape? I keep wanting to either strum up after a down brush (like my fingers get caught), or shoot one finger out to hit the melody note (especially on any but the A string).
Maybe it is just a matter of continued practice with an unfamiliar technique
February 23, 2020 at 8:42 am #35821turkgooseParticipant
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Here is my attempt at shortnin bread. The claw hammer is so unique, and Christopher is an excellent teacher, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to master it. But I had fun learning it, and that’s all that matters, right?February 23, 2020 at 12:39 pm #35822
@turkgoose – sounds great overall! What I’d work on is playing it slower so you can focus on keeping the tempo steady and getting a lil more clarity in some of the notes/chords that weren’t cleanly hit.February 23, 2020 at 5:34 pm #35823katazumiriParticipant
February 23, 2020 at 5:42 pm #35825cloud_cactusParticipant
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So I want to submit Amazing Grace, but is there an easy way to get the G string to tune low, and not go flat or sharp without buying a string?February 23, 2020 at 6:29 pm #35828robinboydParticipant
@cloud_cactus – The short answer is no.
If you look at your strings, you will notice that the lower pitched ones are thickest and the higher pitched ones are thinnest. If you take a lower pitched one and try to tune it high, it will be too tight and might snap and if you try to take a higher pitched one and tune it low, then it will be too floppy. Dedicated low G strings are either thicker than C strings or they are wound with metal wire to make them heavier without making them too thick.
If you really don’t want to buy a new string, there is one trick that I’ve heard of but I haven’t tried. It involves taking off all the strings and using your C string as a low G, your E string as a C, your G string as an E, and leaving your A string where it is. It would be a lot of effort, though, and all of your strings would be a little bit floppy.
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