Turn your fingerpicking around ... literally! Apply this galloping
old-time banjo sound to your guitar.
We'll work in G modal tuning (low-to-high-pitches) D-G-D-g-c-d, in
which the 1st, 5th and 6th strings are each lowered a full-step from
standard tuning, and the 2nd string is raised a half-step. It's recommended
that you bring or borrow a tuner to make this change efficiently. Recording
devices are encouraged. I'll bring handouts, but may run out.
NOTE: It's important that you have picking-hand nails of reasonable
length and strength. Nailbiters are discouraged from trying this technique.
We'll learn about tone production using the back of the picking nails.
We'll also focus on placing the picking-thumb notes on backbeats and
on using plenty of hammer-ons and pull-offs with the fretting hand.
We'll apply these techniques to a well-known old time song.
Michael Stadler has taught this workshop to good effect at festivals
and music camps for years. He began playing music as a young child
and has taught classes and private lessons on a variety of stringed
instruments for decades. His clawhammer guitar playing is featured
on "Clawhammer Guitar: The Collection" with Steve Baughman,
Jody Stecher and Alec Stone Sweet (chosen by Acoustic Guitar magazine
as one of its twenty year retrospective of Essential Acoustic Listening
His "North Country" recording features bandmates Mary Gibbons,
Jon Mitguard and Paul Knight as well as Veronica Lustre, Laurie Lewis,
Tom Rozum and Jim Mintun.