Appalachian Music of Southwestern PA
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NEW CD RELEASE for 2016
BEHIND THE DOOR
TRADITIONAL FIDDLE TUNES OF SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

ALSO AVAILABLE
Up in the Batten House
Up Jumped Joe in the Middle of It

Clawhammer Banjo

Originally an African instrument brought over by slaves, the banjo has become the most distinctly identifiable American folk instrument. Much of its modern recognition is focused around the bluegrass style played by picking the strings upwards with the fingers. An older method known as clawhammer or frailing also maintains a consistent interest among players. This is done by a downward brushing of the strings with the backs of the fingernails, and an alternating thumb stroke, resulting in a characteristic back beat rhythm that gives old time music so much of its rural charm. Since the banjo is tuned to nearly open chords, different tunings are learned to be able to play in different keys.

For more information about learning to play the banjo, write to appalachianmusic@hotmail.com or see our contact page.

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