Right Hand Movement

In case you're thinking over the basics again - or just starting with clawhammer banjo - this is what your thumb should be doing:


Die Lonesome Ace Stringband in der "Nochtwache" war ein Erlebnis. Chris Coole mit seinem treibenden Rhythmus auf dem Clawhammer-Banjo hat mich sehr beeindruckt. Fiddler  John Showman und Bassist Max Heineman rundeten das perfekte Old Time Konzert ab zu einem tollen Abend. Ein Glück, dass ich mich trotz des Trubels um den Hafengeburtstag in Hamburg auf den Weg gemacht habe.
Hier noch zwei kleine Videos, die von der Akustik nicht so gut rüberkommen (dafür gibts ja spotify), aber zeigen, wie hart Chris Coole gearbeitet hat 😉

Morgen in HH


"Whisky ...

... before breakfast" is one of my favorite tunes. During one of our banjo breakfasts Herr S. from K. and me gave it a go again. This time he played the melodeon.

Whisky Before Breakfast

Souvenirs from England

Of course I did not only take my banjo with me to England but my camera too. So here is a video of my pics with music added. I learned the tune from David Bragger´s workshop where he presented us with interesting stories about the not so well known fiddler Alonzo Janes (born before the American Civil War). I think only one of his tunes survived until today. It´s got his name and goes like this:

I tried to write the tablature for this tune, you can find it here. Not sure if I tabbed out the Galax lick correctly. You may leave it out though and replace it with 1st string 5th fret as in measure 15. My playing deviates in several measures from the written tab - I don´t mind 😉

40 Weight of Gingerbread

In Gainsborough I tried to learn the tune "40 Weight of Gingerbread", taught by David Bragger in his workshop. As I find it difficult to remember tunes which I learned recently and haven´t had the chance to play it very often, I ´m trying now to write the tablature down with TablEdit (I mean if the tab is not available on the usual internet sites) to help my memory. As David showed us this tune in a broken down version it was not a big thing to write the tablature. Now my goal is to increase speed until I reach a point similar toDavid´s. But if you play 40 Weight in a really laid back version at slow speed it really gets a swinging mood. I´ll try this first ;-)

Although TablEdit is an easy way to write tablature, there is a mistery to me: In measure 17 of my tab "40 Weights" I wanted to add an open string pull off to the 1st string. But instead of adding a "Po" above the lines it added a "H" (like "Hamer on"). I couldn´t find a wa…


If you happened to need another banjo you could have chosen one of these in Gainsborough:

(Howson Banjos)

(Slim Jim Banjos, several artists during the festival played one of these)


(Howson again)