September 6, 2007

Aaron Keim

In light of the previous post, here is an interesting take on clawhammer (or frailing).

Traditionally, this style of playing was performed on a 5-string banjo. Unlike the up-picking of guitar fingerstyle, this is a down-picking style where the nail of either the first or middle finger strikes the melody note, the fingers brush across the strings, and the thumb plays the 5th string chanterelle or drone.

Some people have adapted this to guitar.

Others, like Aaron Keim of the Boulder Acoustic Society , have adapted it to the ukulele!

The transition of this style to the uke is a natural fit given the similarly re-entrant string setup on both the ukulele and banjo.

Here's a clip of Aaron explaining how to frail the uke!

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