The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #75517   Message #2314929
Posted By: Banjiman
14-Apr-08 - 05:18 AM
Thread Name: what is old-timey music?
Subject: RE: what is old-timey music?
Fascinating......nice to see it's not just the UK "what is folk" debate that can tie people in knots! Less vitriol than when the trad v contemporary crowds get started though!

To me (as a UK banjo player) the difference between Bluegrass and Old Timey is the banjo technique employed. Bluegrass is usually picked using "roll" patterns whereas, Old Time(y) is usually played either frailing or clawhammer style using down strokes rather than up picking....having said that some people do "up" frail (Pete Seeger included).

Love both genres anyway.