March 21, 2010 8:25 PM

False clawhammer on a true J-45.

posted by blue bar (8 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

This is great. I keep picturing a vocal melody in my head. Have you considered putting words to it and multitracking?
posted by umbĂș at 9:56 AM on March 22, 2010

Thanks. I've taken a few runs at this one and it never seems to want to budge for me. I hear it now as something that connotes a chase - the potential additions I hear for it at this point are all instrumental. I'd really like to hear what you're hearing!
posted by blue bar at 10:45 AM on March 22, 2010

Nice. My favourite part is during the first part of each "verse" you go down to that sort of 7th minor or whatever it is (the first occurrence is around the :18 mark.) That's a nice change.
I keep intending to teach myself clawhammer but it seems so daunting. Easy in the theory aspect of the technique, but difficult in execution unless you practice practice practice forever.
Maybe this summer.
posted by chococat at 11:26 AM on March 22, 2010

You and that guitar are really singing together. It sounds great, and yes, that sucker really rings true.

I've been trying to learn clawhammer for a while now and I'm not really sure why you're calling this false. I don't mean to be silly, but what would you consider to be true clawhammer?

Good show, anyway. This sounds great.
posted by snsranch at 5:30 PM on March 22, 2010

Thanks much for the comments.

chococat: that chord (open position from low E) is F (w/ thumb) - muted - Eb- A-C- muted.
snsranch: I double-checked Wikipedia after I read your note and according to that entry what I'm doing here on guitar is clawhammer. But I have a good friend (it's his Gibson) who plays clawhammer banjo very well and I tried to learn his technique many times and I have always had to cheat one little 'pop' that I have never quite been able to get. That's why I have always considered this not-quite-clawhammer.
posted by blue bar at 7:09 PM on March 22, 2010

Love this. Really great guitar playing! And a neat song, too.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 9:50 PM on March 22, 2010

Thanks, can't wait to hear some more.
posted by snsranch at 4:00 PM on March 23, 2010

Nice work! I checked this out because your positive comment on a recent post of mine, and I take it as huge compliment after hearing this. I've not spent much time in Mefi Music but will definitely have to change that.
posted by aydeejones at 7:05 PM on April 8, 2010

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