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Picking

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...‘Picking’ (sometimes ‘plucking’) is a generic fretted instrument term designating the right-hand finger movements that actuate and produce individual notes from the strings of a banjo, guitar, mandolin and so on. ‘Picking’ simultaneously...

Claw Hammer

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

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...‘Claw hammer’ or ‘clawhammer’ is a term broadly designating a style of ‘old-time’ five-string banjo playing, traditional in the southeastern United States and now adopted widely, characterized by a distinctive right-hand technique...

Banjo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

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... of the eighteenth century, the supremely observant Thomas Jefferson included in his Notes on the State of Virginia an acknowledgment that ‘the instrument proper to them [the slaves] is the Banjar, which they brought hither from Africa’ (see...

Hammering-On

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

3

...‘Hammering-on,’ a term widely used by players of fretted instruments, is a left-hand technique in which a given note is sounded by bringing a finger down onto the appropriate noting position on the fingerboard quickly and forcefully...

Frailing

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

3

...‘Frailing’ (sometimes ‘flailing,’ ‘thrashing,’ ‘sawmill style,’ ‘rapping,’ ‘knocking’ or ‘claw hammer’) is a generic term for a range of ‘old-time,’ five-string banjo-playing styles, all considered traditional in the southeastern United...